Posts Tagged: gender gap


Doing it Their Way: Leaders Share Tips for Helping Women to Make it in the IP Game

Panelists on yesterday’s IPWatchdog webinar, “We Did it Our Way: Women IP Trailblazers Share Their Incredible Journeys” explained that, while the challenges they have had to …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 0

On Tiffany Cunningham’s Appointment to the CAFC: An Impeccable Candidate and a Rallying Call for More Diversity in IP

On March 30, 2021, President Biden tapped Tiffany Cunningham to be the first African American to sit on the Federal Circuit. After a straightforward and speedy hearing, the Senate …
By Emer Simic
2 months ago 74

Solutions for Promoting Patent Practitioner Diversity at the USPTO in the Battle Against Systemic Racism

A critical battle against systemic racism currently engages the United States. Patent practitioners across the country—from the University of Minnesota Law School (a mere 2.5 miles from …

‘Moving Beyond Words’ to Action: Women in IP Share Real-World Tips to Close the Gender Gap

Gloria Steinem wrote Moving Beyond Words: Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking Boundaries of Gender in 1994. Steinem was an iconic figure in a movement that began …
By Eileen McDermott
6 months ago 3

Ensuring Women and Diverse Candidates in the Patent Bar: We Must Address the Root of the Problem

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it is important to point out the role of women in the field of patent law. Women have been members …
By Elaine Spector
6 months ago 17

USPTO Responds to Patent Bar Gender Gap Inquiry, Mulls Changes to Registration Process

The 2020 “Progress and Potential” report produced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) focused on women and inventorship. Recently, however, members of Congress asked the …
By La'Cee Conley
8 months ago 29

Solving the Patent Bar Gender Gap Without Lowering the Bar to Eligibility

“Qualified women are unnecessarily excluded from membership in the patent bar,” wrote Mary T. Hannon in a recent law review article seen by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 44

Panelists Provide Perspectives on The Gender Gap in Stem Education, Funding and Inventorship

As IPWatchdog’s Virtual CON2020 continues, in a session on Day 7 titled “The Gender Gap: Stem Education, Funding & Inventorship,” a panel discussed the current underrepresentation of women …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 year ago 1

Boys Will Be Boys: Getting a Foot in the Funding Door for Women Entrepreneurs

Much has been written on women’s disproportionate numbers as scientists trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well the under-representation of women as inventors …
By Efrat Kasznik
2 years ago 2

House Small Business Committee Tackles Diversity Gap in Patenting Debate

The House Small Business Committee met earlier today for a hearing titled “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators,” in which members of Congress heard from witnesses …
By Eileen McDermott
2 years ago 37

Women and patents: why we need to close the gender gap

We have known for decades that economies grow when the women in them work. The more that women find ways to contribute their ideas and inventions to …
By Laurie Self
5 years ago 5

Does the Patent Gender Gap Matter?

Why should we care about getting more women inventing? What does it matter? You don’t find more innovation by looking in places where you’re not …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

The Patent Gender Gap Goes Beyond Fewer Women in Math and Sciences

"[W]e are finding that when the schools that are starting to measure their invention disclosure and their patent filings, again with at least one woman represented, …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 15

The Patent Gender Gap: Less than 20% of U.S. patents have at least one woman inventor

Although women have more than quintupled their representation among patent holders since 1977, a pronounced patent gender gap remains. In 2010, according to a new briefing paper by the …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 7