Gender Equality and Intellectual Property

Men and women are equally creative and innovative. Yet, women remain under-represented in many areas. s10总决赛竞猜 is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment both within the Organization and in the wider world of intellectual property (IP).

s10总决赛竞猜's Policy on Gender Equality PDF, s10总决赛竞猜's Policy on Gender Equality – adopted in 2014 – aims to provide a general framework for how the Organization will integrate gender perspective within its policies and programs.

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Female innovators and green entrepreneurs talk about their inventions and experiences in the eco-friendly technology and innovation field.

Video: The number of women filing patent applications is steadily rising.

The challenge: Gender gaps and insufficient data

Despite general improvements in gender equality around the world, gender gaps in patenting, in particular, persist. s10总决赛竞猜’s latest data show that just 30.5% of the international patent applications filed via the Organization included at least one women inventor.

While it is encouraging that the number of PCT applications with at least one woman inventor has nearly doubled since 2007, gender parity remains a distant prospect.  Assuming that the trend continues, the numbers are expected to balance out only in 2076.

Furthermore, only limited data is available with which to measure women’s contributions in other areas of intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyright. As such, more work is needed to ensure that both men and women can equally access and use the IP system and profit fully from their creative and innovative assets.

Over the past several decades, gender studies have influenced numerous areas of law, often illuminating hidden biases that had gone unappreciated. This research paper discusses gender issues in patent law, relating patents to the previous literature on law and gender, and suggesting potential ways forward for equitable systems of innovation and creativity.



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Women in IP

A collection of photos featuring women active in the world of IP. From staff, to delegates, visitors, and more. 

Stories from the field

A selection of content on the theme of role models, gender equality, women’s empowerment and IP. Find more case studies and s10总决赛竞猜 Magazine articles on the topic.

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How a good name can save lives

Trademarks and savvy branding helped this South African NGO to get closer to its goal of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDs.

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Smart agriculture – GPS and animal health

Imagine a GPS-based technology which monitors animals' movements to give farmers useful information about the health of their livestock. Uruguayan entrepreneur Victoria Alonsopérez developed just such a system.

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Treading a new path for IP and development in Africa

Find out how one of Ethiopia's top female entrepreneurs co-founded footwear brand soleRebels and helped steer it to global success.

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Pappadums and the path to empowerment

Discover a successful cooperative established by Indian women that has developed a unique model for the development and empowerment of low-income female workers.

Initiatives at s10总决赛竞猜

Frequently in cooperation with national IP offices and other partners, s10总决赛竞猜 organizes informational and capacity building events that focus on the creativity and innovation potential of women:

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International Gender Champions

s10总决赛竞猜 is proud to be part of the , which brings together committed leaders to serve as champions for gender equality.