World Intellectual Property Day 2018 highlights women inventors

New statistics from WIPO show an all-time-high rate of female inventors as World IP Day celebrates women ‘driving a positive change across the globe’ today on 26 April. The gender gap does, however, still persist.

Women are mostly represented in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, according to the new figures. A total of 31% of the international patent applications published by WIPO in 2017 lists women as filers. This is an increase from the 23% reported ten years ago.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said:

“Today we celebrate the innovative, creative accomplishments of women around the globe and across history who expand the frontiers of knowledge and culture. However, international patent applications are an important benchmark for measuring innovative activity in the contemporary, global economy - and anything less than full parity between men and women is an obvious cause for concern.”

For more information on the statistics and World IP Day, please visit WIPO's website.