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.
Sources: http://for.tn/2axHyK6 and http://theatln.tc/2abRABr