María Fernanda Canepa April 26 2023 Women and IP: challenges faced and progress made in Peru OMC Abogados & Consultores | Intellectual Property - Peru María Fernanda Canepa Intellectual Property IntroductionChallenges facedMeasures to address challengesCommentIntroductionThroughout history, women have played an important role in the development of intellectual property, but they have encountered many obstacles along the way. Women have historically been excluded from patent and copyright protection and are often not recognised for their contributions to intellectual property.Peru has made significant strides in strengthening IP laws and regulations in recent years and women have been at the forefront of these efforts. Peruvian women work in a variety of sectors relating to intellectual property, including:law firms;academic institutions;government agencies; andinternational organisations.They are involved in:patent and trademark prosecution;copyright; andother aspects of IP protection.Challenges facedDespite the growing number of women working in the IP field in Peru, they face a number of challenges, including:cultural and social norms;lack of access to education and training; andlimited networking opportunities.Peruvian women are often expected to conform to traditional gender roles, which can limit their career options and access to education and training. In addition, women face discrimination and prejudice in the workplace, which can hinder their career advancement.Measures to address challengesTo address these challenges, various initiatives have been implemented in Peru to promote women's participation in intellectual property. For example, organisations such as the Peruvian Women's Intellectual Property Network and Women's Intellectual Property Rights have been established to provide networking opportunities, training and guidance to women in the field. These organisations aim to help women overcome the obstacles they face and encourage their participation in the IP industry.Further, the Peruvian government has introduced policies to support women's participation in intellectual property. For example, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection has established a policy to promote gender equality in its workforce and ensure that women's voices are heard in decision-making processes. This policy aims to address gender discrimination and prejudice in the workplace and support women's career advancement.CommentWomen are playing an increasingly important role in the field of intellectual property in Peru, despite the challenges they face. While progress has been made in recent years in promoting gender equality in the field of intellectual property, there is still much work to be done. Continuing to support and empower women in intellectual property ensures that their contributions are recognised and valued, and that the field continues to advance and innovate.For further information on this topic please contact María Fernanda Canepa at OMC Abogados & Consultores by telephone (+51 502 6467 or +51 635 0641) or email ([email protected]). The OMC Abogados & Consultores website can be accessed at omcabogados.com.pe.