Research and analysis

Gender profiles in worldwide patenting: An analysis of female inventorship

A research paper investigating inventor gender using name-gender inference techniques applied to worldwide patent data.

Documents

Name-gender dataset

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Raw data used for the analysis

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Gender inference table

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Details

Previous work by the IPO Informatics Team was limited to inferring inventor gender from UK patent data. This study expands on this and now relates to inferring inventor gender on all patent data worldwide using PATSTAT. The report provides quantitative data to back up the anecdotal evidence within the IP industry about the representation of female inventors worldwide.

The two spreadsheets provide

  • a copy of the name-gender dataset used for this research, and
  • a copy of the raw data used for the analysis provided in the report

The gender inference table for use in conjunction with PATSTAT is saved in a tab separated text file and compressed in ZIP format. Unfortunately due to the size constraints it is not possible to save it in a manner conducive to easy reference. It is recommended that this file is imported into a suitable analysis package.

For any queries relating to this research study, please email informatics@ipo.gov.uk.

Published 14 November 2016
Last updated 14 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. First published.