Lack of women inventors could hurt innovation, US patent office says

CNET | 2/12/2019 | Erin Carson
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The USPTO has a new report out on women inventors.

More women are filing patents, but they still have a long way to go in terms of representation among inventors, according to a report out Monday from the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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The report, titled Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on US patents, found that while the share of patents that include at least one woman listed as an inventor rose from 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent in 2016, women accounted for only 12 percent of inventors in 2016.

"Harnessing underexploited talent in these groups would be valuable to spurring innovation and driving growth," reads the report, whose release coincided with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It refers to the idea of "lost Einsteins," or people who could have made valuable contributions had they been exposed to "innovation and inventor role models."

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The low percentage of women inventors adds another dimension to the discussion of a lack of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

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