FemTech – Highlighting Innovation in the Technology Space

FemTech – Reviewing Patents to Highlight Innovation

Clare Gibson Senior Patent Analyst at PatWorld shares her thoughts on the Innovation in FemTech by reviewing patents.

“FemTech” is a relatively recent term coined in 2016 by the Danish entrepreneur Ida Tin, creator of the period and menstruation tracking app “Clue”, where the term is now synonymous with technology focused on women’s health. Such technology often includes software, diagnostics, products and services, with a large proportion holding female reproductive health at its core. For example, fertility solutions, menstruation tracking apps, pregnancy care, nursing care, sexual wellness, contraception, and general reproductive health care are a few areas where FemTech operates.

Read the full article in the latest issue of the Women’s IP World Annual.

Clare Gibson is a Senior Analyst at PatWorld and an expert in undertaking FTO, Patentability and Invalidity searches, covering all types of subject matter with specialisms in Physics and Mechanics.

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