Despite general improvements in gender equality around the world, gender gaps in patenting, in particular, persist. WIPO’s latest data show that just 30.5% of the international patent applications filed via the Organization included at least one women inventor.
While it is encouraging that the number of PCT applications with at least one woman inventor has nearly doubled since 2007, gender parity remains a distant prospect. Assuming that the trend continues, the numbers are expected to balance out only in 2076.
Furthermore, only limited data is available with which to measure women’s contributions in other areas of intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyright. As such, more work is needed to ensure that both men and women can equally access and use the IP system and profit fully from their creative and innovative assets.