USPTO Is 'Institutionally Biased' Against Women, Study Says

Law360 (October 6, 2020, 5:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office maintains "systemic obstacles" for women due to scientific requirements that hold them back from joining the patent bar as nonlawyer patent agents, according to a new report that urges the agency to expand its eligibility criteria.

While the USPTO has addressed the need for greater representation of female innovators, it has failed to address gender diversity among registered patent practitioners on the patent bar who represent inventors before the agency, said Mary T. Hannon, a patent agent at Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, in a report released Monday on the Social Science Research Network....

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