Inventors and Patents From the City of Denver
Inventors in Colorado are on the move! One company is launching an initiative to help people stay out of the snow by inventing devices that clear snow without the help of human hands. One such device is called Shove It. Inventor Patrick Burke spent three years and $5,000 to develop the idea and secure a patent for it. Burke is a living testament to the power of the America Invents Act, a bipartisan law that encourages people to try new inventions.
Women inventors omitted from list of 1888 patentees
The Patent Office’s list of 1888 patentees was incomplete. Many women were left off. There are some possible reasons for this. For example, male clerk-compilers might have been biased against women, or they might have assumed patents granted to men could not be valid. The list of patents granted to women, however, does include a significant number of women.
While patents measure inventive activity imperfectly, the gender-based variation in patenting is relatively large. Patent records also vary widely, and women’s rates of filing patents are often underestimated. For example, nineteenth-century women’s rights activist Charlotte Smith claimed that women were undercounted because they tended to use initials instead of their full names. But in reality, the list of women patentees was much larger than it would seem.
In this case, Mary Knight filed a patent interference claim against Annan after she patented several similar inventions. Annan’s inventions were based on a different design, and Mary Knight was claiming priority. Mary Knight was not the first to file a patent interference claim, but it was the most famous case of patent interference. This occurs when more than one inventor claims to own the same idea. The woman with the earlier patent is entitled to protect her idea.
The number of women who filed a patent application is less than half of the total number of males. While there is significant variation between the two genders, it is clear that women are systematically underrepresented in the patent system. The United States alone accounts for ten percent of patent applications, while Spanish-speaking nations account for twenty-two percent of patent applications. Further, the number of women is not even close to parity among the population.
Lack of gender identification on patents deters women from becoming inventors
The lack of gender identification on patents deters women by significantly lowering the likelihood of a woman achieving the status of inventor. A new study from the United States Patent and Trademark Office found that women with common names had a lower chance of getting approved for patents than those with uncommon names. These findings may be relevant for inventors who want to increase the number of patents that benefit women.
In the past, women were discouraged from being inventors by draconian property laws and social norms. They were compelled to take out patents under the names of men. This is not true today. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published new data on this topic in 2019. The statistics showed that women are still much less likely than men to obtain patents.
The research suggests that women will reach parity in the field of patenting only in 2092. However, this figure is not necessarily a realistic figure as women will only be at parity in the field for 15 years. While there is still a long way to go before women can reach parity in patenting, Dr Gilbert believes that society can do a lot more to encourage more women to pursue the field of invention.
The researchers at Yale University examined patent applications from all genders. They found that women were less likely to receive patents than men if they had obvious female names. While the gender gap between men and women in STEM fields is too complicated to be resolved through numerical parity alone, they found that women still engage the patent system less often than males. This may be because they do not take the time to identify themselves, but the gender-identification on patents can be a significant deterrent to women becoming inventors.
Dayton’s health care companies emerging as a strength
Health care is one of the fastest growing sectors in the state of Ohio, and Dayton is no exception. The city is home to five award-winning medical facilities, including Miami Valley Hospital, which has 990 beds and employs over 6,200 people. It also has a comprehensive primary care network, a specialty care network, and home health services. It is the region’s second largest employer and is the largest health-care system in southwest Ohio.
Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has 16 patents in fiscal year 2016
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is one of the top patent generators in the United States, generating over forty-nine patents in fiscal year 2016. In 2016, the lab secured 16 of those patents locally, bringing its total to fifty-nine. That figure will likely rise in the next two years, when it is expected to reach a hundred patents.
Several Air Force research laboratories have commercialization programs. The Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTP) is a federally funded research and development program that facilitates the commercialization of new technologies. The Air Force Research Lab’s Munitions Directorate is a key partner in these programs, which are designed to transfer research discoveries to commercial firms. Among its many partners, AFRL collaborates with the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research (FICPR), Small Business Development Center, and other organizations to promote commercialization of research and development.
AFRL has eight detachments, each composed of AFRL military personnel at a particular base. Each detachment is supervised by a unit commander. Located in Arlington, Virginia, the AFRL is a part of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, which funds basic research and investigation in scientific areas relevant to the Air Force’s mission. The lab collaborates with the Department of Defense, private industry, and other organizations to create and apply new technologies.
The Air Force Research Laboratory has a history of developing innovative technologies. Founded in 1917, AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of new technologies to the warfighter. The Air Force Research Lab’s Innovation Institute (Doolittle Institute) works with AFRL’s Munitions Directorate. The Institute supports AFRL’s research efforts and develops new R&D partnerships.
Norwich University has renewed its educational partnership with the AFRL. This partnership began in 2016 and will continue for five years. The collaboration will allow Norwich University faculty to use AFRL facilities and technologies in Rome. It will also enable students to take part in internships and residencies with AFRL scientists. The collaboration is just the beginning. The new research will benefit all of us.