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IWD 2024: Women at Reddie & Grose inspire new generation
Thu, 7th Mar 2024

For International Women's Day, women from specialist intellectual property law firm Reddie & Grose have shared their experiences of working in the sector. These professional women hope their words will inspire others considering a career in a scientific field, a domain that has often seen women underrepresented, particularly at a board level.

Gillian Taylor, a partner in the Engineering, Materials, and Consumer Products Group at Reddie & Grose, grew up in a household where science featured significantly. "Science and maths were always my favourite subjects at school," said Taylor, who had early exposure to science through her mother, a biochemist and her sister, a scientist. Taylor advises others that a career in a scientific field is entirely possible and can lead to a variety of opportunities. "It’s so important to find a career that interests you and keeps you motivated. If you enjoy science, then go for it!" she highlighted.

Sophie Peng, a trainee patent attorney at the firm, explained how her fascination with science and machinery started from a young age. Peng battles the underrepresentation of women in her field, viewing her minority status as a chance to change the status quo. "Don’t hesitate to contribute your ideas and challenge others", she recommended to other women considering a career in STEM.

Julie Richardson, a partner experienced in Electrical, Electronic, and Software engineering, studied engineering because she was interested in applying scientific principles to the practical world. Richardson advises women to "go for it." She believes that a scientific foundation can open the door to various career opportunities, which could provide a variety of possibilities for professional life.

Senior Associate Emily Nytko-Lutz split her time between R&G’s Engineering, Materials and Consumer Products team and Life Sciences team and advises women to surround themselves with positive people and mentors. "It is invaluable to have outlets and a support network – so seek out these things!" added Nytko-Lutz, who has pursued a successful career in science, from studying Inorganic Chemistry to qualifying as a Patent Agent and UK Patent Attorney.

These inspirational individuals are challenging the representation of women in intellectual property law and STEM by sharing their experiences and encouraging others to follow their own unique career paths in science.