International exchange: Promoting the inclusion of women in intellectual property

Promoting the inclusion of women in intellectual property

Studies of patent data conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and others have shown that women inventors are significantly underrepresented in the patent system worldwide. Despite an increased number of women entering the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in recent years, there is still a large gap between the number of women entering these fields and men. This has led to fewer women participating in the intellectual property (IP) system overall.

This event included presentations by representatives of IP offices from around the world, who discussed these trends and explained how some countries have succeeded in increasing the participation rate of women in their IP systems. Topics included:

  • Strategies for increasing the participation of women in the IP system
  • How to recruit, retain, and promote women in IP fields

The event included leading officials from the USPTO, IP Australia, the Canadian IP Office, the IP Office of the Philippines, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, the IP Office of New Zealand, the Industrial Property Protection Directorate of Jordan, and other national offices. 

Women and IP: event recording



Additional information 

For more information, visit the registration page or contact Errica Miller in the USPTO’s Office of International Patent Cooperation. To request an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Lakeshia Harley.

This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity