There is a striking discrepancy in the number of patents filed by men and women in academia; if the trend continues, women won’t file as many patents as men in a single year until the year 2100.   

But there may be a way to close that gap.

“Programming aimed at women innovators can enhance the engagement of female creators in technology transfer activities,” said Nichole Mercier, managing director of Washington University’s Office of Technology Management (OTM). And she has the numbers to prove it.

In a new study published June 18 in Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors, Mercier details how outreach aimed at women faculty has led to an increase in patents filed and in interaction with OTM.

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