September 13-16, 2020

The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship

The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship

The number of women inventors has quintupled since the 1970s, yet fewer than 20% of issued U.S. patents have at least one woman inventor, fewer than 12% of U.S. patent inventors are female, and fewer than 8% of U.S. patents list a woman as the primary inventor. Meanwhile, 36.3% of all businesses in the U.S. are women-owned, but the annual venture capital funding going to startups with women founding teams has been hovering around 2-3% over the last 12 years. The question: What can and should be done to close the gap? What are the short and long-term solutions? This panel will be a roundtable discussion led by Jessica Landacre, Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.