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Women in IP Leadership: Wanda French-Brown

Loeb & Loeb Patent Litigation partner Wanda French-Brown was interviewed by The Patent Lawyer Magazine as part of the publication’s “Women in IP Leadership” feature, a segment dedicated to women working in the IP industry by providing a platform to share real accounts from rising women around the globe.

In the article, Wanda discussed her work as a pharmacist for more than 10 years before entering the legal sector.

“While in pharmacy school, I studied the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations related to new and abbreviated new drug applications, and the Hatch-Waxman Act; and it was then that I was hit with the ‘patent law bug,’” Wanda told the publication.

“Even though I was a successful pharmacist, I still had aspirations to be an attorney working on Hatch-Waxman patent litigation matters and representing innovative drug companies,” she said. “I went to law school while working nights as a pharmacist.”

When asked about how the industry can continue expanding the number of women working within the IP field, Wanda believes basic intellectual property law should be incorporated into overall STEM education.

“I believe that there are three components critical to continuing and expanding the empowerment and influence of women within the IP sector: recruitment, opportunity and recognition,” Wanda noted. “In terms of recruiting, there should be targeted recruitment and mentoring of women entering STEM and the IP sector. Opportunities then need to be provided for women to access positions of decision making and leadership. In terms of recognition, there needs to be a concerted effort toward developing an industry-wide and systematic shift that not only recognizes the work of women in IP, but values it as a benefit to the IP sector.”