The Women's IP World Annual 2019/2020

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We are delighted to present you with the launch edition of The Women’s IP World Annual 2019/2020, celebrating women at all levels working in IP Law and Innovation. From the very beginning, the response and feedback we had was amazing, and we would like to thank all of the incredible women involved. Our aim was to celebrate a group of diverse women, from all over the globe, showcasing their achievements and also their personalities to inspire and inform. We have taken an unbiased approach and kept the articles & profiles as authentic as possible, to keep the author's own personal style. This has resulted in a cocktail of inspirational women coming together to share thoughts, ideas, and experience positively. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

Ms. Elvin Hassan

Editor & Head of International liaisons

Letter from AIPPI

OLGA SIRAKOVA - SECRETARY GENERAL OF AIPPI

My name is Olga Sirakova, and I am

writing this opening letter in my capacity

as Secretary General of AIPPI. It has been

my honour and pleasure to serve AIPPI in

different roles, including as Secretary and

President of the Bulgarian group of AIPPI,

four years as a member and four years

as Chair of the Nominating Committee,

and the last five years as Bureau member.

These roles have been voluntary, limited

in term, and which I perform alongside my

daily professional engagements.

I am a Bulgarian patent and trademark

attorney, Bulgarian attorney at law,

European patent attorney, European

Trademark and Design Attorney, and

partner of Bulgarian law firm Interius. Most

importantly, I am a mother of two wonderful

grown-up children. Trying to combine all

these roles, I am no exception from the other

IP professionals.

It takes a lot of passion to reconcile these

different roles and social responsibilities;

none of us could do it alone. We are grateful

to our teachers for all lessons learned – easy

and difficult ones.

We work together with our partners and

colleagues from all over the world to best

protect and help our clients, across different

cultures, jurisdictions, and time zones. We

discuss, negotiate, and fight. Sometimes

we win, sometimes we lose, and every

time we get a little bit stronger. This is the

daily routine for IP lawyers. For us, women,

the choice is not whether you pursue a

complicated case with the help of a man, or

of a woman. As long as you have a reliable

and trustworthy partner to work together

with, you will be strong and successful. My

experience shows that the reverse is also

correct - male colleagues are looking for

professional support – men or women, and

this is what matters. However, has it always

been like that? Is it like that all over the world?

Maybe not, as this publication is launching

only now. Maybe women still need to share

their success stories to encourage others.

All women may still need to express the

challenges they experience and get inspired

by how others face them and deal with them.

Northon’s Media, PR & Marketing’s

publication“, Women’s IP World,” is a

platform. A platform for women to

demonstrate their achievements, to learn

and get a shared creative impulse from each

other. It is also a platform where women

could receive recognition for their work

showing their professional experience and

their unique personalities.

AIPPI is happy that this publication is

launching at the occasion of the AIPPI World

Congress in London and that we could

support this endeavour.

AIPPI is an organisation which was once

regarded as a “men’s club.” These times are

long gone. Our bylaws explicitly require

gender diversity for all positions in all the

institutional bodies of the association.

Therefore, the current Bureau comprises

of 15 members, 7 of which are female,

including the President and the Secretary

General. Women mostly do the day-to-day

work at the General Secretariat of AIPPI.

The composition of our membership, as

well as our committees, (which are the

cornerstones of AIPPI), show true balance

and commitment of both men and women.

This makes this organisation one of the most

influential and respected non-governmental

IP organisations in the world. We are all

engaged in this volunteer work in the best

way we can be.

Diversity and equal rights need to be

practiced in our daily work environment,

not only in the IP profession. Tremendous

progress has been made, and we see it all

around; however, there are things to be

improved. I am therefore confident that this

publication will find an interested audience

in the IP World.

What keeps us all together

is the shared passion for

what we do. We will be

successful if we continue

sharing it. Share it with us!

Genius,

Creativity, and

Endurance:

all in the long journey of women’s recognition.

The ‘names’ of our ancestors of which we

are aware of are disproportionately male

names, remembered, regardless of the

specific reasons why.

Of course, all of us know the names of some

powerful women; for example, empresses

or queens, and the names of a few

outstanding creators, poetesses, and artists.

However, the more we go back through

the centuries, the more difficult it is to find

memories and traces of the contribution of

women to the development of knowledge,

inventiveness, and understanding.

As discussed by Renata Righetti Pelosi, President of AIPPI

www.aippi.org

All along with the entire human history

we women were always, approximately,

half of the total number of human beings.

However, recognition of the female

contribution to the development of culture

and society has always been neglected.

No need to recall Bertoldt Brecht to

recognise that most of the ‘History,’ as

we know it, did not report the names of

those who were not so powerful, women

or men, but against ‘the other side of

Heavens’ damnatio memoriae worked

even more efficiently. Too often, when a

female scientist or scholar proved herself

to be outstanding, the social and political

environment cut her off.

An example is the well-known case of

Hypathia, the very first notable woman

in mathematics and astronomy, who

was murdered by insurgent Christians, in

Alexandria, Egypt, during the second half

of the IV century AD. Furthermore, let us

remember the thousands of women who,

many centuries later, were burnt at the

stake in Europe and America as witches and

who were probably the only healers in their

communities who took advantage of the

traditional female knowledge of herbs and

plants.

Closer to our times and moreover, as we

are mentioning names, it is essential also to

remember the name of Maria Sklodowska.

She was twice a winner of the Nobel Prize

for two different scientific fields; her name

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