Senators tell USPTO of arbitrary barriers to creativity (especially female entrepreneurs)


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There are many issues with patent systems as we know them today, but the big one is with the system we use to reward them. It is a problem because the way we give our patents is more important, it is more important to make sure that the patent is able to comply with all patent laws. Unfortunately, the patent review system is currently being developed in such a way that it does not miss out on a lot of patent-worthy patents – especially those invented by women.

The lack of diversity among patent recipients has now caught the attention of a few senators. Linn Ianku, director of the USPTO, wrote to express his concern. There may be a number of reasons why women entrepreneurs are not generally given copyright, but one thing the senators focus on in their letter is the lack of women who are allowed to do special work on registration.

In today’s competitive world economy, we must use the creativity and talents of all Americans, including women, minorities, low-income and other disadvantaged communities, to keep the United States as the world’s leading innovator. Innovation has played an important role in promoting American innovation. As you know, the USSPO has a wide range of gender differences among designated creators. According to the 2020 USSP report, only 12.8% of patents are owned by women. In recent years, the USPTO has made commendable efforts to recognize and initiate this gender gap. These efforts are a good start.

However, we fear that USP TO efforts will not be hampered by the apparent gender gap between patent professionals. Fulfillment of Property (Public Property) Although the latest data on demographic structure are not publicly available, Surveys from 2011 and 2014 show that up to 18% of women’s rights agents and proprietors did not develop much over time. Unless there is a significant increase in the number of women entering patents in the following years, women’s membership is significantly lower than that of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (“36%) or the law (~ 50%). .

Citing a Letter from Eric Goldman and Jess Myer (I have signed it), further elaborates on the extent to which the number of female rights recipients in the patent can be limited.

[A]Women’s Rights Prosecutor Prosecutors Women’s Ways can increase patent activity in a number of ways. Women’s rights prosecutors can bring real professional expertise in the products and services of women customers. This can help innovators understand patents and better express themselves in patent applications. Women’s copyright prosecutors use unique social networks to promote and support women’s creativity and make it easier for women entrepreneurs to “see” themselves in the patent system. Women’s rights prosecutors can also develop more effective customer relationships with women creators than with male copyright prosecutors. That, in turn, will help women entrepreneurs feel comfortable seeking patent support and provide the evidence needed to be successful in their patent applications.

In other words, if you want to patent more patents and make sure that women’s innovations are among them, there is a need for more women to help creators (including those women creators) get their patents. And now, at random prices and in the letter, they are not barred from the profession, unless it is equally, absolutely useless.

For those who are confused by some of the languages ​​used here, the “patent bar” is a good way to help lawyers get authorized by the USPO. The movement’s famous name is “Innovation Case,” and it is made up of a “patent prosecutor.” Prosecutors do not have to be lawyers who can work in any other jurisdiction, and most attorneys are not allowed to do special work to enforce property rights. Instead, you should take a special test to be allowed to join the patent and be allowed to sue. At the heart of it all is the challenge.

But the problem is not necessarily the test itself. That is the real issue Only a few people are qualified to sit for it, And these restrictions on eligibility for exams, especially those that do not qualify, including those who do not qualify, in particular, including women.

USPito sets the requirements for patent professionals and also serves as a gatekeeper for patents. To increase ownership, all candidates must pass a six-hour, 100-question test before USSP. But this test is not for everyone. For those who have certain “scientific” and “technical” qualifications. Currently, only one of the thirty-two major students in the USTAA allows graduate college graduates to be eligible for the exam (called “Category A”). This list includes several major stages in engineering and physical science: Diplomats go to men. However, there are many other major ones, such as math, which are very important for modern creativity and have a very close share of women’s undergraduate degrees. Also, the list does not include major students in industry and fashion design – the most important ones for design patents and women with the largest number of students.

True, sometimes those who are not allowed to sit for the exam automatically can still prove their worth in other ways, but these rules are more Byzantine, and the result is still the same: The doors to the profession are closed meaninglessly For people working to pass the test and enforce ownership. And this restriction on patent prosecutors also has a resonant effect on patent diversity, because only a subset of talented patents are ever more likely to be prosecuted successfully.

The senators told the USPTO that these test eligibility laws should therefore be reconsidered. Senators have until January 15 to answer further questions on the issue to ensure that the issue is taken seriously.

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