Professor Sean Tu Publishes in the Latest issue of Landslide

West Virginia College of Law professor  S. Sean Tu recently published an article in the latest issue of Landslide, a magazine published by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. The article is titled "Gender Inequality in Pharmaceutical Patent Law" and appears in the March/April 2023 issue. Tess Hardesty, a student at the College of Law co-authored the work.

From the abstract:

A recent study by professors found that women represent only one-third of the top pharmaceutical patent litigators and one-quarter of lawyers who help inventors obtain these valuable pharmaceutical patents. This lack of representation in the pharmaceutical patent field is surprising because women represent the majority of law school students who have natural sciences degrees. Despite conventional wisdom, which alleges that this lack of representation is due to the absence of women within technical fields (the “pipeline” theory), this study rebuts the pipeline theory. Specifically, the study shows that women law students with natural sciences degrees outnumber their male counterparts and yet women are underrepresented when it comes to pharmaceutical patent prosecution and litigation.

Find more of Professor Tu's scholarship on  SSRN.

A headshot of Professor Sean Tu