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Participation of Women Inventors in the US Patent System Is Increasing Slowly but Surely

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued an encouraging and informative 2020 Update to its February 2019 Progress and Potential profile of women inventors on US patents. The initial report documented trends in the proportion of patent inventors who are women (the “Women Inventor Rate”) and the proportion of patents that have at … Continue Reading

Gender Diversity in Innovation Webinar and Toolkit

Most inventors named on patents are men – in the US, almost 90%. The disparity, discussed in a previous blog here, exceeds the underlying disparities in the education and advancement of women in science, technology, and engineering (STEM), suggesting that innovative contributions of women are not being patented. To assess and address this issue, the … Continue Reading

USPTO Launches New Innovation Platform To Improve Inventor Diversity

On March 24, 2020, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) launched the “Expanding Innovation Hub” (“Hub”), a centralized online platform to make the patent process more accessible to diverse inventors. USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and Deputy Director Laura Peter described the Hub as part of the USPTO’s efforts to “inspire more women, minorities, veterans, … Continue Reading

The Paucity of Women Inventors

In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, acknowledging the role of women in American history and the achievements of women worldwide. In the world of intellectual property (IP), we remember those who invented frequency hopping spread-spectrum signaling, kevlar, center-track restraint systems for animals, and the paper bag, among other things. We … Continue Reading

Intel’s New Diversity Standards for Outside Counsel

In a November 2019 blog post, Intel’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Steven R. Rodgers announced Intel’s new diversity requirements.[1]  “Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Intel will not retain or use outside law firms in the U.S. that are average or below average on diversity.” Intel’s new “above-average” rule requires that firms doing work for … Continue Reading
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