We Need Reliable Data On Patent Agent, Atty Gender Diversity

By Christopher Turoski (June 24, 2021, 4:19 PM EDT) -- The discussion around increasing diversity in the patent field continues to gain traction.

My forthcoming article[1] in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law argues for increasing the diversity of patent practitioners by increasing the number of patent agents.

Consider this a pipeline argument: Increasing the diversity of students in the fields of science, technology and engineering will necessarily result in greater diversity among patent agents and, accordingly, greater diversity among patent practitioners as a whole.

One hurdle in assessing the diversity of the patent field is a lack of reliable data. In a December 2020 letter[2] to Andrei Iancu, then-director...

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