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Lauren Degnan Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article, "Women Lawyers Find Arguing Patent Appeals ‘Strange and Lonely'"

May 27, 2020

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Lauren Degnan Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article, "Women Lawyers Find Arguing Patent Appeals ‘Strange and Lonely'"

May 27, 2020

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Fish Principal Lauren Degnan spoke with Bloomberg Law to discuss the disparity in representation of women in courtrooms.

“Companies are on the front edge of making sure people with diverse backgrounds have opportunities,” said Lauren Degnan of Fish & Richardson in Washington. She credits her client Microsoft Corp. with giving her opportunities to argue early in her career.

It’s up to law firms “to put women and diverse attorneys in positions where clients can see they are competent,” Degnan said.

Fish has encouraged women and diverse attorneys to get started early in patent litigation, at the motion and claims construction stages, she said. “Then by that time that this really important 15 minutes of oral argument happens, the client is really comfortable” with the attorney’s capabilities, she said.

Groups including the Federal Circuit Bar Association and ChIPs, which advocates for women in intellectual property law, sponsor next-generation programs to bring those issues to the forefront and help attorneys get those critical experiences.

Helping female attorneys get their first argument in pro bono veterans cases or lower-stakes appeals from the patent office can given them the experience they need before taking on a paying client, Degnan said.

Read the full article on Bloomberg Law: Women Lawyers Find Arguing Patent Appeals ‘Strange and Lonely’


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