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Patent Applicants With Female Names Face Bias: Yale Study

Law360 (April 13, 2018, 5:52 PM EDT) -- Inventors are less likely to get their patents approved when they have “common” female names, according to a recent study by the Yale School of Management.

In a new study published earlier this month, Yale researchers studied patent applications obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and found what they identified as bias by examiners against inventors with female names. The study showed that those with distinctly female names had an 8.2 percent lower chance of getting their applications approved.

However, the difference of likelihood...
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