ABOVE THE LAW: 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.