Economic research

USPTO economists study all aspects of intellectual property (IP) to better understand the determinants of innovation and to support evidence-based policy making. The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) leads these efforts through engagement with scholars, collaboration on research projects, and conference events. OCE also releases datasets on USPTO patents and trademarks to advance economic research on IP. 

New report in our IP Data Highlights series

Women are participating more in the U.S. patent system

A new USPTO study, titled “Progress and Potential: 2020 update on U.S. women inventor-patentees,” updates the 2019 report and finds, among other things, that women make up an increasing share of all new entrants to the patent system, rising from about 5% of new inventor-patentees in 1980 to 17.3% by 2019 (see figure). Read more about the image below.

 Area chart showing a downward trend for the share of new inventor-patentees among all inventor-patentees and an upward trend for the share of women among all new inventor-patentees. The x-axis shows time from 1980 through 2019. Percentages along the y-axis range from 0 to 60 percent.


For previous infographics, visit the IP infographics page.