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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, yet only 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
50% Black and Hispanic college graduates patent at roughly 50% the rate of white graduates, missing out on many areas of opportunity.
Economic
Boost
$1T If BIPOC and women invented at the same rate as white men, it would boost the U.S. economy nearly $1 trillion per year.
Income
Gap
10x Individuals born into the top 1% of family incomes are 10x more likely to patent intellectual property than those born in the entire bottom half.
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 nearly $1 trillion per year.

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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 female inventors, people of color, veterans, lower-income individuals, 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 Inclusion of Unleashing American Innovators Act in the Omnibus Spending Package

Legislation would expand participation in the patent system. Washington, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2022) — Today, Holly Fechner, Executive Director of Invent Together, an alliance focused on narrowing the diversity gaps in invention and patenting, issued the following statement on the inclusion of the Unleashing American Innovators Act on the FY23 omnibus spending bill: “Today, congressional ... Invent Together Applauds Inclusion of Unleashing American Innovators Act in the Omnibus Spending Package

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Diversity data reveals size of missed opportunities in inventors and patenting

Less than 13% of all inventors listed in patents in the United States are women, and opening the way to inventor diversity would increase annual US GDP by nearly $1 trillion, quadruple the number of American inventors and lead to many new and different inventions. So say Holly Fechner, executive director of Invent Together, and ... Diversity data reveals size of missed opportunities in inventors and patenting

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Invent Together Praises Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Unleashing American Innovators Act

Bill would provide meaningful Patent Pro Bono support to inventors across America Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1, 2022) — Holly Fechner, Executive Director of Invent Together, an alliance focused on narrowing the diversity gaps in invention and patenting, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Unleashing American Innovators Act: “We’re grateful to ... Invent Together Praises Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Unleashing American Innovators Act

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Join The Movement

Real change demands real action. We advocate for diverse inventors by supporting public policies that will make American innovation more equitable and inclusive. Here’s how you can help.

Send a Letter to Congress

The IDEA Act would collect inventors’ demographic data on a voluntary basis and make this information available in the aggregate for research, helping to close the wage gap and boost the economy.

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Ready to turn your idea into a reality? Patenting inventions is the best way to protect them. This is the first step in joining the innovation ecosystem—and enjoying the better opportunities that come with inventing and patenting.

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