The USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist recently shared a new research article published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Titled “Discovering Value: Women’s Participation in University and Commercial Artificial Intelligence (AI) Invention,” the study utilizes the AI Patent Dataset along with gender information from PatentsView to examine women’s involvement in the AI innovation landscape.

The research reveals a growing trend of women’s engagement in patenting, particularly in AI and other technologies, which correlates with more diverse teams and patents carrying greater economic significance.

Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, emphasized the importance of these findings in guiding efforts to bolster and broaden innovation. She noted the persistent underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, including the burgeoning domain of biotechnology AI, and stressed the significance of studies like this in raising awareness and prompting action.

Considering the widespread influence of AI across various sectors and organizations, diversifying the AI innovation ecosystem could yield substantial economic benefits. The article underscores the need for further efforts to promote diversity within the AI innovation landscape, particularly within academia and the emerging realm of biotechnology AI, where women’s involvement is linked with significant value. For more details, the full article is available on the journal’s website.