Summer 2016 ALI Pilot Program – Patent Law and Techmakers (Austin, TX)

The Austin program brought 25 young women coders to the courtroom. ChIPs partnered with Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by building a pipeline of future female engineers. ChIPs invited these young women from the Girls Who Code summer immersion program to the courtroom of Hon. Robert Pitman, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, to learn about the role of their technology in court proceedings and law. Judge Pitman gave an overview of the civil court system, and USPTO Administrative Patent Judges Georgianna Braden, PhD and Stacey White shared their perspectives as women technologists in careers focusing on law and policy.

Gibson Dunn attorneys Tracey Davies and Jennifer Rho then led a custom-designed patent litigation exercise, giving the girls a first-hand window into the legal power of the code the girls write. Michele Connors of Dell Inc. and Jennifer Wuamett of NXP Semiconductors joined Tracey in designing the program and hosting the girls. Baker Botts hosted a post-event reception for local ChIPsters, fostering interest and support for future outreach programs in the newly-minted local Texas chapter of ChIPs.