The number of women obtaining patents has been growing over the past three decades, with numbers that are higher than previously reported, according to a study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council.
There has been a dramatic increase of patents filed by women in the last few years. In 2010, 22,984 patents were granted to women, a 35 percent increase from the previous year and in 2009, women received 17,061 patents, a 4.5 percent increase over 2008, the NWBC study noted.
The NWBC study is the first of its kind to explore this issue in depth and it will also examine trademarks registered for by women.
The encouraging news from the study is that patents go hand-in-hand with starting businesses, which may lead to more women-owned and operated businesses. “Patent and trademark ownership often is an indicator of entrepreneurial activity – and historically, women have not been a large segment of this group. A bump in IP ownership could indicate strong growth in women-owned companies,” NWBC Chair Donna James said in a press release.
Full details of the study will be released at an NWBC event in March, during Women’s History Month.