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ABOVE THE LAW: Closing The Patent Gap

Closing The Patent Gap

Access to professional guidance should lead to more issued patents for female and minority inventors.

By GASTON KROUB

Aug 7, 2018 at 10:02 AM

The statistics paint a stark picture. There is a patent gap in this country, whereby women and minorities are underrepresented in the ranks of inventors holding patents. This is not a new phenomenon, but one which has attracted more attention lately. Especially in this age where increased entrepreneurship is embraced as the solution to a host of economic problems, an increased focus on making sure that female- and minority-owned businesses participate in the patent system is not surprising. And where more resources and attention are being dedicated to increasing female/minority education and opportunity in the hard sciences, there is a natural hope that there will be increased patent activity from these new participants in the innovation-driven economy of today.

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