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Gender differences in obtaining and maintaining patent rights

An examination of the prosecution and maintenance histories of approximately 2.7 million US patent applications indicates that women have less favorable outcomes than men.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to IPwe for access to patent data via Zuse Analytics and to T. Botelho and I. Fernandez-Mateo for comments on earlier versions of this paper.

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  1. Kyle Jensen, Balázs Kovács and Olav Sorenson are at the Yale School of Management, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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