01/10/2012 02:23:00 PM EST
Female Patent Holders Increase in Recent Years
A new study commissioned by the National Women's Business
Council (NWBC) shows that over the past 35 years, female patent holders have
grown at an accelerating rate. The study is based on preliminary findings from a
review of patents granted between 1975 and 2010. According to the NWBC, female patent holders have increased every year from
2008 to 2010:
2010 - 22,984 patents
2009 - 17,061 patents
2008 - 16,321 patents
Female inventors have long held an important place in
American patent history. According to the USPTO:
1809 - Mary Dixon Kies received the first U.S.
patent awarded to a woman for a process of weaving straw with silk or thread.
1884/1885 - Judy W. Reed and Sarah E. Goode were
the first African American women inventors to receive patents. Reed's Patent
no. 305,474 is for a dough kneader and roller. Goode's Patent no. 322,177 is for
a cabinet bed.
1903 - Mary Anderson was granted patent no.
743,801 for a window-cleaning device, essentially windshield wipers.
1971- Patsy O. Sherman received patent no.
3,574,791 for block and graft copolymers containing water-solvatable polar
groups and fluoroaliphatic groups, otherwise known as Scotchgard®.
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