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Discover The Lost Einsteins

Researchers estimate that millions of potential inventors from underrepresented groups are not inventing and patenting due to a lack of early exposure. Imagine what we’re missing!

Close The Gender Gap

Women are 51% of the population—yet only 13% of inventors listed on patents are women.

2%

Only about 2% of all venture capital funding goes to women.

70
YEARS

At the current rate of progress, women won't reach parity in patenting until 2092

Support Inventors of Color

People of color are significantly underrepresented among patent owners. The percentage of Black and Hispanic college graduates who apply for and hold patents is about half that of white grads.

Black
Black0.8%
Hispanic
Hispanic0.9%
White
White1.8%

And it’s not getting any better. In fact, patenting activity by Black inventors peaked in 1899 and has not recovered. Let’s finally reverse that trend.

1899

Remove Economic Obstacles

Individuals born to families in the top one percent of income are ten times more likely to patent in their lifetimes than individuals born to families in the bottom half of income.

10x
Top 1%
Bottom
50%

Imagine the Possibilities

What would the world look like with more inventors?

4x the Inventors

Increasing participation in inventing and patenting by underrepresented groups would quadruple the number of American inventors. Think of how much faster we could solve problems with 4 times the brainpower!

$1 Trillion Economic Boost

Research shows that including more women and Black Americans in the early stages of innovation would boost the U.S. economy by nearly $1 trillion every year.

Close the Gaps

Increasing the number of women, people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans who invent would help close wage and wealth gaps in the workforce.

More Innovation Than Ever

It’s simple: more inventors mean more inventions—and every invention can spark countless other big ideas! And since most inventors solve problems that matter to them, a greater diversity in thinkers will lead to more diverse ideas and solutions.

Check Out Stories and Insights From Real Inventors

Magda Marquet, PhD: Promote Diversity in the US Patent System

Magda Marquet, PhD, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences, LLC, on the importance of promoting diversity in the U.S. patent system. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

An Chen: Diversity In Innovation

An Chen, VP of Engineering at Qualcomm, on the importance of diversity in innovation. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Jose M. Morachis, PhD: Diversity and Patents are Critical to Innovation

Jose M. Morachis, PhD, Co-Founder and President at NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc, on why diversity and patents are critical to innovation. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Margo A. Bagley: Challenges Encountered as a Diverse Inventor

Margo A. Bagley, Professor at Emory University School of Law, on the challenges encountered as a diverse inventor. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Magda Marquet, PhD: Diversity Fuels Creativity

Magda Marquet, PhD, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences, LLC, on diversity fueling creativity. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

An Chen: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

An Chen, VP of Engineering at Qualcomm, on the importance of protecting your intellectual property. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Kelly Twichel: The Importance of Diversity in Innovation

Kelly Twichel, CEO of Access Trax, on the importance of diversity in innovation. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Jose M. Morachis, PhD: The Importance of Role Models and Mentors

Jose M. Morachis, PhD, Co-Founder and President at NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc, on the importance of role models and mentors for minority scientists and engineers. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

Margo A. Bagley: Challenges Encountered as a Diverse Inventor

Margo A. Bagley, Professor at Emory University School of Law, on the challenges encountered as a diverse inventor. To learn more, visit https://inventtogether.org/

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