Women researchers: inventing yes, especially for women; not patenting

Galarraga Aiestaran, Ana

Elhuyar Zientzia

Ed. University of Melbourne

Women's research groups tend to make progress for women more than the rest, but they get fewer patents. This has been demonstrated by researchers from the University of Navarra and two other universities in Canada and the United States, analyzing 440,000 biomedical inventions presented to patent from 1976 to 2010.

The research has been published in the journal Science, and according to data, if the entire team of work was made up of women, all presented inventions on women's health by 35% more than men, and if the group was mixed by 18%. However, women only appeared in 25% of patents.

According to the authors, the research has shown the amount of benefits left unreceived, especially by women, by denying opportunities to inventors. Along with this, it is suggested that knowing the difficulties that women inventors have should serve to remedy.


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