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Female leadership in law

Gender (im)balance in the patent attorney profession in Australia

The patent attorney profession in Australia is male-dominated – particularly in private practice and senior positions, such as partner, principal or director.  Many opine that the causes are simply inexperience or lack of appropriate qualifications, or indeed that an imbalance in numbers presents no issue. However, new evidence-based research suggests these opinions are baseless, and presents an alternative hypothesis together with recommendations for change.

Katharine Rock (MBA 2017) has had her paper published in the Australian Intellectual Property Journal.

Read "Gender (im)balance in the patent attorney profession in Australia: myths and evidence-based recommendations for change"

Factors that influence recruitment and retention

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni and Dr Lionel Paollela are currently working on a project examining the factors that influence recruitment and retention of junior and middle-level female candidates in the top law firms in the United States.

Research in the media