Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. Patents

The Colorado Technology Association and the U.S. Patent and Trademark's Office's (USPTO) Rocky Mountain Regional Office invite you to a discussion of Progress and Potential A Profile of Women Inventors on U.S. Patents. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura A. Peter will lead this conversation about the status of female innovators. Seating is limited, so register early.  

Only 72 U.S. patents were credited to women inventors between 1790 and 1859, while men obtained 32,362 patents. Even today, women comprise a small minority of patent inventors. This fact suggests that their innovative potential is underutilized. The number of patents with at least one woman inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016. Despite this increase, the percentage of all women patent inventors, or the annual “women inventor rate,” reached only 12 percent in 2016. The USPTO recently released the Progress and Potential report, diving deeper into these issues and the opportunities ahead.  

General agenda:

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.     Registration / networking / lunch

12:45 - 12:55 p.m.     Welcome remarks, Frannie Matthews

12:55 p.m.                   Introduction of speaker, Molly Kocialski

1:30 p.m.                     Fireside chat with Laura A Peter (moderated by Frannie Matthews)

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.         Audience Q&A moderated by Frannie Matthews

1:50 - 1:55 p.m.         Closing remarks, Molly Kocialski

2:00 p.m.                    Close 


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