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Open Access What Might We Do to Encourage More Women to Write Patents?

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The gender gap in invention has been well studied, and the data speaks loudly, suggesting that women are under-represented in patent-intensive fields of study, especially engineering. Clearly, then, an increase in women engineering graduates might improve the probability of more women becoming patent authors. The question remains, however, "What else might we do to land more women in patent-intensive job tasks?" To answer that question, a panel discussion on this topic was held, in which the panel consisted of the authors. Discussion topics were developed and presented by the moderating professor, while women alumni provided comments and observations that were presented collectively. A summary was then prepared, and recommendations to encourage more women to write patents have been suggested.
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Keywords: ENGINEERING; GENDER GAP; INVENTION; PATENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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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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