More Women Obtaining Patents, Trademarks
The percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled in the last several decades.
Women are acquiring more intellectual property.
The number of women who were awarded patents over the last several years is far greater than previously reported figures, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) reported Thursday. The study also said that the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled.
NWBC chairwoman Donna James said that the numbers indicate an increase in entrepreneurial activity among women.
In 2010, the number of patents obtained by women increased 35 percent from the year before, to 22,984. That percentage increase was higher than for men, who obtained 28 percent more patent receipts from 2009 to 2010.
A majority of the women-owned patents were in the in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor device manufacturing and furnishings. However, the biggest increases were in data processing, surgery and electrical computers and digital processing systems. –John McDermott
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