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Women in ScienceOn April 26th, 2018 Ladas and the world celebrated World Intellectual Property Day and honor those women around the world that have contributed to advancing intellectual property. On April 26th, Ladas & Parry joined the international intellectual property community in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day, a day which recognizes and salutes all those individuals across cultures and borders whose innovations and creations help improve our world and communities.

I am deeply proud of the creative accomplishments and professional achievements of women innovators, who have overcome challenges through perseverance and hard work, while remaining true to their individual cultures and backgrounds. It has been a great pleasure to have the opportunity to represent such women, and a great source of inspiration for me both personally and professionally.

Bharati Bakshani – Partner, Ladas & Parry LLP


Since 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has organized events around the globe on World IP Day to celebrate the cross-cultural collaboration efforts of innovators by promoting a general understanding of intellectual property law through discourse and interactive events.

This year, World IP Day’s theme was, Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Technology, recognizes both the women who created and developed life-changing inventions that transform lives and those women who are re-imagining culture and helping open up new worlds of understanding and knowledge.

We would like to commemorate World Intellectual Property Day by honoring some female pioneers, both past and present, in the field of intellectual property law. We salute those who helped shaped the world we enjoy today.

Jacqueline Quinn

Jacqueline Quinn is a NASA engineer that co-developed several environmental cleanup technologies including Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron (EZVI), Activated Metal Treatment System (AMTS) and the Sorbent Polymer Extraction And Remediation System (SPEARS). Dr. Quinn currently is the named inventor in 12 U.S. patents. (see more at

Lucinda Longcroft

Lucinda Longcroft is the Head of the New York Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Her work focuses on the management and use of intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development. Ms. Longcroft is responsible for WIPO’s liaison with the United Nations in New York. (see more at:

Jeanne C. Curtis

Jeanne C. Curtis is the director of The Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity. The goal of this project is to increase the number of U.S. patents issued to women and minorities by providing pro bono patent prosecution services to members of these underrepresented groups who would not otherwise be able to seek patent protection because of resource constraints. Prior to being appointed Director of the Project, Professor Curtis spent more than 20 years in private practice specializing in Intellectual Property and was a name partner at Fish & Neave LLP and then at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Rachel Murray

Rachel Murray is the Co-CEO of She Geeks Out, a company that seeks to create a more inclusive work culture and creates a community for tech and tech-adjacent women. (For more information about She Geeks Out please visit:

Mary Engle Pennington

Mary Engle Pennington was a pioneer in safe preservation and storage of perishable foods. (see more at

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