According to the USPTO's Report on Women Inventors, women still comprise a small minority of patent-holders in the United States. The report also shows that:
- The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016.
- Even with this increase, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016.
- Gains in female participation in science and engineering occupations and entrepreneurship are not leading to broad increases in female inventors earning a patent.
- Technology-intensive states, as well as those where women comprise a large percentage of the state’s overall workforce, show higher rates of women inventors.
- Women inventors are increasingly concentrated in specific technologies, suggesting that women are specializing in areas where female predecessors have traditionally patented rather than entering into male-dominated fields.
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Image: Rosalind Franklin, co-inventor of the double-helix structure of DNA, which formed the basis for modern biotechnology. Courtesy sciencehistory.org