From the Alliance

Nov. 28, 2016

Innovation Alliance Event: Capitol Hill Forum on Closing the Patent Gender Gap

The Innovation Alliance is hosting a Capitol Hill forum with Members of Congress and experts in patents and innovation to discuss the patent gender gap and its impact on innovation and the economy.  Less than one in five patents had at least one woman inventor in 2010, according to new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).  IWPR projects that at the current rate of progress, women inventors will not reach parity in patenting until 2092.  Closing that gap sooner could help spur American innovation, job creation and economic growth.

WHO:    Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Barbara Gault, Ph.D, Vice President and Executive Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jessica Milli, Ph.D, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jennifer Gottwald, Ph.D, Licensing Manager, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Jane Muir, Director, Innovation Hub at the University of Florida

Ami Patel Shah, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
** Plus additional Members of Congress, women inventors, and patent policy experts**

WHAT:       Capitol Hill forum on “Closing the Patent Gender Gap: How Increasing the No. of Women Patent Holders Can Spur U.S. Innovation & Grow the Economy”

WHEN:     Thursday, December 1, 2016; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:   Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11, First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002




The Innovation Alliance represents innovators, patent owners and stakeholders from a diverse range of industries that believe in the critical importance of maintaining a strong patent system that supports innovative enterprises of all sizes. Innovation Alliance members can be found in large and small communities across the country, helping to fuel the innovation pipeline and drive the 21st century economy. Learn more at

Contact: Kat Maramba, 202-412-9144,