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More Inventors.
More Problems Solved.
A Brighter Future.

Inventors solve problems. It’s what they do. And the more diversity in our inventor community, the more diverse our problem solving will be. Unfortunately, researchers estimate that millions of individuals from underrepresented groups who could be inventing and patenting aren’t.

Imagine the possibilities if everyone was supported in bringing their ideas to life. In addition to addressing problems, inventing and patenting creates more career opportunities, boosts the economy, helps reduce wage and wealth gaps, and opens the door to even more innovation.

Start With The Stats

Gender
Gap
51% Women are 51% of the population, but less than 13% of inventors listed on U.S. patents are women.
Business
Growth
16x Women-owned businesses with patents pending have 16x the average revenues of those without any IP.
Race
Gap
8% Black, Hispanic, Multiracial, and American Indian and Alaska Native inventors make up less than 8% of U.S. inventors.
Economic
Boost
$1T If BIPOC and women invented at the same rate as white men, it would boost the U.S. economy up to $1 trillion per year.
Income
Gap
10x Children in the top 1% of family income are 10 times more likely to patent in their lifetimes than children in the entire bottom half of family income.
Job
Creation
+16 Startups with patents employ an average of 16 more new employees after five years than those without patents.

Closing these gaps would boost the U.S. economy up to $1 trillion per year.

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A new study commissioned by Invent Together, an alliance focused on broadening participation in inventing and patenting, identified trust as a pivotal factor influencing an individual’s decision to pursue a patent when they have an idea for a new product or technology.

The Inventor’s Patent Academy

Ideas and inventions change the world—and they can come from anyone. But most people don’t know how to turn those ideas into reality. The key? Patents. They protect your inventions, so you can focus on the work and be compensated for it. This one-of-a-kind course will help you understand intellectual property and the patenting process and get you ready to apply for your own patent. You’ll hear from real inventors and experts in the field, who give their unique insights and advice. The course also explores some of the challenges you may face along the way—particularly those that typically affect women, people of color, veterans, individuals with lower incomes, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented inventors—and gives you the tools you need to take them on.

What’s Happening

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INVENT TOGETHER APPLAUDS RELEASE OF NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

Washington, DC (May 1, 2024) – Holly Fechner, Executive Director of Invent Together, an alliance dedicated to expanding participation in inventing and patenting, issued the following statement commending the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2) on the release of the first-ever National Strategy ... INVENT TOGETHER APPLAUDS RELEASE OF NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

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NEW STUDY FINDS BUILDING TRUST IS KEY DRIVER FOR INVENTING AND PATENTING, ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR

Washington, DC (May 1, 2024) – A new study commissioned by Invent Together, an alliance focused on broadening participation in inventing and patenting, identified trust as a pivotal factor influencing an individual’s decision to pursue a patent when they have an idea for a new product or technology. The study, titled “The Role of Trust ... NEW STUDY FINDS BUILDING TRUST IS KEY DRIVER FOR INVENTING AND PATENTING, ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR

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USPTO Director Kathi Vidal Highlights Importance of Inclusive Innovation at Invent Together Celebration

Invent Together Honored Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Thom Tillis, and Rep. Deborah Ross with the Inclusive Innovation Champion Award for Their Efforts to Empower Inventors and Expand Patent Access Washington, DC – (March 8, 2024) – Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, ... USPTO Director Kathi Vidal Highlights Importance of Inclusive Innovation at Invent Together Celebration

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