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Women's Committees Worldwide

AIPLA is dedicated to empowering women in intellectual property worldwide.

In addition to growing our own Women in IP Law Committee, we are building relationships with women's committees throughout the world and helping other organizations create women's committees. In 2012, AIPLA delegates held the first meeting in Japan for Women in IP law, which has resulted in JPAA reinstating it's women's committee. We are looking to expand our success in Japan into other international jurisdictions and other organizations.
  • Fujiko Shibata of JPAA presented at the Women in IP Breakfast at AIPLA's 2012 Annual Meeting (PDF)
  • The IP Practice In Japan Committee organized a Women in IP Law Meeting during their trip in April 2012. 
    • "For the first time, the Committee arranged for Women in IP Law Meeting for the purpose of providing a unique venue for the women IP professionals from the US and Japan to get together and exchange information with each other and to forge stronger professional and personal relationships. There were approximately 20 women IP professionals from Japan in attendance. The attendees included members of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, the Japan Trademarks Association, and the Licensing Executives Society of Japan. The AIPLA had three members of its delegation present: Mercedes Meyer, Kimberly Van Voorhis and Daphne Lainson. Members of the delegation had also extended invitations to local contacts, at least one of whom was able to attend the event. At the event, there were presentations from the AIPLA delegation on its Women in IP Law Committee and how it operates, and we heard from the JPAA about its former women's committee, which was disbanded for a variety of reasons about 10 years ago. Following the presentations, a discussion took place about women in IP law in both countries, followed by a reception. We learned after the event that the JPAA will be reinstating its women's committee. As this first ever meeting was viewed as a total success, the Committee intends to make this gathering an annual event." Committe Trip Report, Page 6