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#MakeWhatsNext Patent Program

Today, only 7.5% of all patents are held by women.

The Microsoft #MakeWhatsNext Patent Program offers female inventors patent support and mentorship so they can protect their ideas and further their innovation.

The Patent Process

Applying for a patent can be a lengthy and complex process, and the #MakeWhatsNext Patent Program sets out to simplify the process. Here are some things to consider when thinking about patenting your invention, and how the Patent Program helps female inventors.

Our 2016 Participants

Last year, Microsoft announced the first four teams, consisting of both female and male inventors, who are focused on making a change in their local communities and the world. Today, their inventions are “Patent Pending.“

Meet Bonita, a female inventor and entrepreneur who decided to take action when her friend died from Sickle Cell Anemia.

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Female Inventors Throughout History

See examples of female inventors past and present who have changed the world with their inventions.

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Explore #MakesWhatsNext to see what the next generation of female inventors are creating.

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