It has been reported that women inventors are severely under-represented verses their male counterparts as patents owners. Less than 8% of women are listed as sole inventors on US patents.

Reasons for the large gender gap have been suggested as:

  • Less women with science, technology, engineering (especially electrical and mechanical engineering) and maths degrees.
  • Few women in patent-intensive fields, especially design and development.
  • Women business owners finding it harder to secure venture capital.
  • Weaker professional network contacts.

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