Mentorship is a Viable Solution to the Inventor Diversity Crisis
The lack of diversity among inventors is at crisis levels. The evidence is consistent and damning.
For example, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation reported that "women represent just 12 percent of U.S. innovators" and that U.S.-born minorities represent just 8% of U.S.-born innovators. Worse, this underrepresentation is self-reinforcing as patents are a key indicator of technical eminence: they are listed on job applications, resumes, and employee networking profiles.
In this article, David Kaminsky and Jana Jenkins discuss how patent mentoring can help address this important challenge.
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