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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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The Gender Gap in Patents

The Gender Gap in Patents

(p.150) 6 The Gender Gap in Patents
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This chapter explores the data that reveal that in all countries, across all sectors and in all fields, the percentage of women obtaining patents is less than their male counterparts and also less than the percentage of women in the relevant discipline. A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a national government to an inventor for a time-limited period in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. Having a relatively small number of women obtaining patents hurts scientific innovation, technology, and competitiveness overall. This is because women invent more useful products that might be developed to benefit society. These include many technologies for the home and for care-taking, particularly of children.

Keywords:   patent, patenting, women inventors, women inventions, scientific innovation, new technology

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