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Jordana Goodman on Authorship Credit and the Gender Gap

Season 1, Ep. 759

In this episode, Jordana Goodman, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Law, discusses her new article Ms. Attribution: How Authorship Credit Contributes to the Gender Gap.  She argues that misattribution in the authorship of legal work disparately impacts underrepresented members of the legal profession, with a focus on women in patent law.  In her article, Professor Goodman reports empirical findings from a large novel dataset of agency actions and responses during the patent examination process in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  She also addresses the larger professional and cultural implications of these findings and proposes reforms.  Professor Goodman’s article is forthcoming in the Yale Journal of Law & Technology and is available on SSRN.  She is on Twitter at @Jordi_Goodman.


This episode was hosted by Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Professor in the School of Law and Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.  Professor Vishnubhakat is on Twitter at @emptydoors.


Disclosure:  Professors Goodman and Vishnubhakat are now collaborating on a follow-up paper that explores the gender gap among attorneys in administrative patent litigation before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

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