The Women in IP Committee of the AIPLA is pleased to announce MALGORZATA (GOSIA) KULCZYCKA as a Woman to Watch!
The Women to Watch Series was established by the Women in IP Committee as an avenue to recognize women within the AIPLA community for excellence and accomplishments. Through a peer-nomination process, the Women to Watch Series strives to honor women who have created their own paths, who lead through strong examples, and who are achieving successes as a result of their choices and leadership, but who may not be widely known in the AIPLA community.
We are pleased to introduce Malgorzata (Gosia) Kulczycka, in her own words:
Years working in IP: 14 years
Years with current organization: 11 years
Current location: San Jose, California
Current role: Partner and Patent Attorney in a law firm
What I do: As an attorney, I counsel and advise clients, write and prosecute patent applications, and manage clients’ portfolios. I have drafted hundreds of patent applications and brought to the law firm many clients, including several tech companies and startups. As a member of the Bay Area community in California, I am actively involved in the Polish community, the Polish American Engineers Club, the Polish Food Bank, and startup organizations. I provide pro bono services to startup companies to help them to identify and harvest patentable ideas. I also prepare and deliver IP-related presentations on various forums, including conferences, seminars, and networking events.
Previous roles: I used to work as a manager and a computer scientist for General Motors Corporation in Michigan. I developed a computer graphics system for the Virtual Reality (VR) Studio for the Design Center at General Motors. At the VR Studio, we were displaying 3D virtual animations of new designs of cars and trucks. I learned a great deal about automotive designs, and supporting a company business. These skills happen to be very helpful in my current career as an attorney.
Years and involvement with AIPLA: 14 years
Q. What was the best professional decision you ever made?
A. The best professional decision that I have ever made was going to law school and becoming a patent attorney. Prior to going to law school, I worked as a computer scientist and developed state-of-the-art VR software applications. The great experience as a computer scientist prepared me for even greater experience as a patent attorney.
Q. What was the worst professional decision you ever made?
A. As I look back at my professional choices, I see that my career path has been what I wanted it to be. I have tried different things, and I enjoyed all of them. For example, after graduating with my Ph.D. degree in computer science, I made a surprising decision to enroll to the Academy of Fine Arts, and to become an artist. Studying the arts at the Academy was exciting: I learned how to paint, and I learned the history of arts. Nevertheless, a couple of years later, I returned to my computer science background, and became a computer graphics developer. That led me to coming up with my own inventions in the area of computer graphics. That led me to patent law.
Q. What would you consider your greatest professional achievement so far?
A. My greatest professional achievement thus far has been becoming a partner in an intellectual property law firm. Along my journey to become a partner, I had bad and good days. The bad days made me stronger. The good days gave me encouragement and strength.
Q. In your opinion, what could women be doing better to advance their careers?
A. In my opinion, to advance their careers, women should believe in themselves. Even if others discourage us from reaching our goals, we should persist anyway. It is important, though, to pick our goals wisely. The goals may change from time to time. But, action is always better than inaction.
Q. What is the best advice you have received?
A. A few years ago, someone told me “know what you want, find a way to get it, and do what you need to do to achieve what it is that you want.”
More about Gosia:
If they bottled my personality, the label would read:
A. “A Polish woman who is not afraid to get it all.”
Something I said I’d never do, but did anyway:
A. A few years ago, I drove a car at 180 kilometers per hour on an autobahn in Germany. I was scared, but I did it anyway.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me:
A. People are surprised to find out that, in my spare time, I play piano and I do some oil painting on canvas.