Not every seven-year-old reads case law, but Kathi Vidal, Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, did that on library visits. But her love for science pushed her toward an engineering career. However, her passion for digging deep into subjects and learning new things eventually turned her towards the law profession, where her hands-on scientific background became an asset as an Intellectual Property lawyer.
Kathi's drive to continually learn and a willingness to push the boundaries have accelerated her career. Experiencing impediments, she didn't know existed helped shape her leadership style. As you'll hear, Kathi is a committed champion of creating equity and access for all innovators, and she's using her platform to bring that to everyone.
This episode discusses Kathi's engineering experience, becoming a lawyer, owning feedback, and realizing her potential. If you want to geek out on some intellectual property law talk or learn more about what it takes to be a leader in today's world, this conversation is for you.