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Women hugely under-represented in ranks of European inventors

European Patent Office finds only one in seven applicants was female in 2019

Only a tiny fraction of European patents are filed by women, the European Patent Office has revealed.

The EPO looked at inventors named in patent applications it had received from 1978 until 2019. While the proportion of women had increased from a tiny 2 per cent in the late 1970s, it had still only reached 13.2 per cent by the end of the period studied.

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