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Office of the Chief Economist Economic Note Number 102

USPTO pilot program reduced gender disparities in patenting

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an Economic Note and working paper examining the causal impacts from the first randomized control trial (RCT) undertaken by the USPTO. The RCT, which focused on patent applicants without legal representation (pro se applicants), aimed to improve examination outcomes. The analysis demonstrates that additional communication during patent examination was an effective way to improve patent examination outcomes for pro se applicants, especially for women.

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