IP News – Female Inventors

Press release from the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (www.gov.uk)

Female inventorship is on the rise worldwide according to the UK IPO revealed on November 14, 2016.  In Britain, the proportion of female inventors is 7.3%. In the United States of America there are 8.7% female inventors, as compared to 91.3% male inventors.

Since 2000, there has been a 60% increase in the proportion of female inventors worldwide. However, only 11.5% of all inventors worldwide are female. Russia (15.7%) and France (11.7%) have the highest proportion of female inventors while countries such as Germany (5.5%) and (Japan 3.6%) have some of the lowest.

UK will award funding to 15 female inventors as part of Innovate UK's Women in Invention award during their Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The government realizes there is more to do to help budding female inventors realize their potential.

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