Study Led by Scholar at the University of Georgia Finds Racial Gap in Patent Approvals

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A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia and Oklahoma State University finds inventors from underrepresented groups are less likely than White inventors to have their patent applications granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The researchers examined more than 4 million patent applications that were filed between 2000 and 2015. Since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t collect race and gender information, the researchers compared the applicants’ first, middle, and last names to other databases to define minority status. For instance, they looked at birth certi...

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