2010 IP/Gender: Gender and Invention


April 16, 2010



9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Webcast)

  • Christine Haight Farley, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Washington College of Law
  • Ann Shalleck, WCL Women and the Law Program
  • Michael Carroll, WCL Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
9:30 Gendered History (Webcast)

  • Selling Women: Lillian Gilbreth and Gendered IP. Dr. Rayvon Fouché, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Sharra Vostral, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Examining the Right to Exclude: Historical, Social, and Economic Perspectives on Women and Invention. Annette I. Kahler Director, Center for Law & Innovation, Albany Law School.
  • Comments. Dan Burk, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine
 11:30  Gendered Doctrine (Webcast)

  • Merry Widows: Egbert v. Lippman and the Corset as Patented Technology. Kara W. Swanson. Associate Professor, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University
  • Gender, Innovation and Inventorship: Every Patent Tells a Story. Ann Bartow. Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law.
  • Comments. Shubha Ghosh. Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
 12:30  Gendered Goals: Luncheon & Keynote

  • Introduction. Joshua Sarnoff, Professor of the Practice of Law, Washington College of Law
  • What Do Intellectual Property Rights Promote? Innovation Among Women Inventors in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Zorina Khan, Associate Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College
 2:30  Gendered Production (Webcast)

  • Women and Science Production in Developing Countries: Chile in the 1990‐2008 Period. Bernardita Escobar, Instituto de Políticas Públicas‐ Expansiva UDP, Santiago, Chile
  • Patents and Gender: The Exclusion of Women Inventors from IP Rights. Dr. Shlomit Yanisky Ravid, Head of the Comparative Legal Research Center, Faculty of Law, Ono Academic College, Israel
  • Gendering Science, Gendering Ethics: The Intersecting Production of Knowledge, Gender and Ethics. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
  • Comments. Mario Biagioli, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
 4:30  Closing Remarks

  • Victoria Phillips, Professor of the Practice of Law, Washington College of Law