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IP law illuminates growing field for women: Increase mirrors rising number of Internet companies and inventions

But more than a century later, women are protecting more than their own assets-they're increasingly looking out for the intellectual property of business owners large and small. One of the hottest practice groups within law firms today, intellectual property law falls into four basic areas: copyrights, trademarks, patents and publicity rights. With the exception of patent law, which requires a background in science or engineering, no specialized undergraduate degree is required. Gary Roberts, dean and the Gerald L. Bepko professor...
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PROFILE: HOLLY HART MCKIERNAN: Making higher education more attainable Attorney brings key players together to reach goals

PROFILE HOLLY HART MCKIERNAN Making higher education more attainable Attorney brings key players together to reach goals When Holly McKiernan was a secondyear law student at Indiana University, she took a seminar course on not-for-profits-and her career path became clear. She wanted a job where she could use her skills as a lawyer in helping charitable and educational organizations. The West Lafayette native had earned a bachelor's degree in communications from DePauw University-magna cum laude-graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1980....
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Creating opportunities in tough times: Tightening economy requires 'patchworking' sources of income

Women aren't leaving the work force to stay home with their kids-they're being forced out in equal numbers with men. That's the word from "Equality in Job Loss: Women are Increasingly Vulnerable to Layoffs During Recessions," a congressional report released July 21. Often women who face job losses decide to forego the job hunt and opt instead for selfemployment, the report said. Might this job downturn trigger a boom in entrepreneurship for women? Not if they don't already have the...
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Building opportunities: CREW Careers offers girls a glimpse into the diverse world of commercial real estate

While one college basketball team just completed its journey to a national championship, CREW Network's women hope they're on a similar winning path-a path to scoring parity in the male-dominated field of commercial real estate. The Commercial Real Estate Women Network is a national member organization dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate. It has 66 chapters, including one in Indianapolis. In 2005, CREW Network completed the industry's first comprehensive study of the status of women in...
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PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN: Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz plan

PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz plan Your face might be Micki Stirsman's canvas. Instead of applying paint to paper or molding clay into sculpture Stirsman and her staff use their artistry to transform their clients' appearances. The Speedway native is owner of Salon 01, a business she started with a $10,000 contribution from her grandmother that has grown into a million d o l l a r- p l u...
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PROFILE MARIANNE O'CONNOR PRICE: Balanced equation Mother of four excels in careers from engineering to research

PROFILE MARIANNE O'CONNOR PRICE Balanced equation Mother of four excels in careers from engineering to research When Marianne Price graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a degree in engineering, she was among the scarce 2 percent of women nationwide graduating in that field. She also achieved something that no other female at Notre Dame had ever done to that point-she was valedictorian of her graduating class. Price, 54, is director of the Cornea Research Foundation of...
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PROFILE: Moondance Enterprises LLC: Rental firm offers 'marvelous' nights Search for vacation retreat led to career change

Moondance Enterprises LLC Rental firm offers 'marvelous' nights Search for vacation retreat led to career change Indiana natives Doug and Nancy Tracey visited Brown County one autumn night in October 1988, looking to buy a vacation retreat. The strains of Van Morrison's "Moondance" played on the car radio-"a marvelous night for a moondance 'neath the cover of October skies." So when the couple purchased their rural hideaway, they christened it Moondance. And now they run a Nashville-based vacation-home rental and...
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