The first African American female to hold a patent for a software invention – Janet Emerson Bashen

By Duchess Magazine

In January 2006, Ms. Bashen became the first African American female to hold a patent for a software invention.
The patented software, LinkLine, is a web-based application for EEO claims intake and tracking, claims management, document management and numerous reports. Bashen will soon release the federal sector counterpart, EEOFedSoft, MD715Link and the web-based AAPSoft for building Affirmative Action Plans.
Janet Emerson Bashen was issued U.S. patent #6,985,922 on January 10 2006, for a “Method, Apparatus and System for Processing Compliance Actions over a Wide Area Network.”

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