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Open Access Strategies to Close the Gender Gap in Invention and Technology Commercialization

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The commercialization of innovations created at universities is a key driver of economic growth in the U.S., contributing $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and creating as many as 4.2 million jobs from 1996 to 2015 (1). Protection of the intellectual property (IP) created at universities through patenting is key to enabling this commercialization. As stewards of the IP generated largely through taxpayer funding, university technology transfer offices (TTOs) must create processes and foster a culture that fully engages the university's entire talent pool. Current data indicate that female faculty are less engaged in every area of technology commercialization than male faculty. This paper proposes practical approaches that university TTOs can implement to address the gender gap in invention and technology commercialization.
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Keywords: GENDER; INNOVATION; INVENTION; INVENTION DISCLOSURE; PATENT; TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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  • Technology and Innovation, edited and published by the National Academy of Inventors, is a forum for presenting information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation. Regular features of T&I include commentaries contributed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in-depth profiles of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in every issue.

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