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Patent Law and Women

Tackling Gender Bias in Knowledge Governance

Lai, Jessica C.

Patent Law and Women

Patent Law and Women

Tackling Gender Bias in Knowledge Governance

Patent Law and Women

 

Patenting is gendered. This book explores why this is, including an analysis of the gendered nature of patent law itself. It argues that the "women in STEM" rhetoric is a distraction from the fact that gendered concepts underlie patent law and the knowledge governance system it creates.


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Beschrijving Patent Law and Women

Patenting is gendered. This book explores why this is, including an analysis of the gendered nature of patent law itself. It argues that the "women in STEM" rhetoric is a distraction from the fact that gendered concepts underlie patent law and the knowledge governance system it creates. The book discusses different ways of viewing knowledge and offer an alternative means of governing knowledge.


The world over, the vast majority of patented inventions are attributed to male inventors. This has resulted in discourses around "women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)". Namely, that there are not enough women in STEM and that females are inherently (biologically) pre-disposed away from STEM. This book highlights that these discourses are misguided and dangerous. It shows that the reason why fewer females patent than men is that patent law and the knowledge governance system it creates are gendered. The law protects the masculine at the sacrifice of the feminine. Those in power protect those most like themselves and thereby retain their power.



This re-framing is important as it allows us to stop telling women, whether consciously or unconsciously, that they are the problem if they cannot succeed in patenting and commercialisation. When, in reality, the Western knowledge governance system sets women up to fail. Furthermore, giving shape and form to a power dynamic allows us to deconstruct it, which we have to do as there are harms of the status quo. Patents are a primary tool used in Western jurisdictions to promote innovation and they can have negative wealth distributing effects through creating "haves" and "have nots". Thus, this book examines alternative ways of thinking about and regulating knowledge.



This book is for anyone who is interested in gender bias in knowledge generation, protection and commercialisation. This includes those concerned with patent law, scholars of law and feminism and law and sociology, as well as policymakers in knowledge governance, innovation and women’s affairs


ISBN
9780367652272
Pagina's
202
Verschenen
NUR
820
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
Taylor & Francis Ltd

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