Archive | December 2011

First Female Patent Attorney

Florence King was the first female patent attorney in the U.S. and the first certified female member of the American Association of Engineers.  She graduated from Mount Morris College in 1891.  She was also the President of the Chicago Woman’s Association of Commerce and an avid suffragette.  Click here to read a Stanford Law School paper about her.


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Date: December 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. EST
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• 3 things never to say in a client pitch
• 3 mistakes to avoid when networking
• Delivering bad news

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Our First Female Patent Commissioner

The latest Inventors Eye, the USPTO’s bimonthly publication for the independent inventor community, reports that current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” Focarino has been nominated to the position of Commissioner for Patents after current Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll retires on December 31, 2011.

Read the article here.

Women Invent!

Recently, I visited the US Patent and Trademark Office, in Alexandria, VA. In the Madison building, they have a great gift shop, where they sell many curious gizmos, toys, as well as books. As a proud woman in IP, I was drawn to one called “Women Invent!: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World”, by Susan Casey.

The author walks us though several times in history where women played important roles in the development of different technologies. It begins early in the mid-1880s, exposing how necessity, as mother of invention, caused women to come up with new ideas to solve existing and immediate problems. The author then introduces us women whose inventions were patented, and others who received special recognition and awards.

Reading about these women was very inspiring, a great reminder of how women, though sometimes silently or “behind the scenes”, contributed to our societies outside of the roles generally appointed to them. Nowadays there are many ladies in technical fields which used to be dominated by men. Also, every day there are more and more women in IP Law. Needless to say, we have made great contributions to all the disciplines we have stepped into. Let’s keep up the good work, encouraging young women to follow our steps.