Invent Together Commends Passage of the IDEA Act by Senate Judiciary Committee, Invent Together

April 29, 2021

For Immediate Release

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Invent Together Commends Passage of the IDEA Act by Senate Judiciary Committee

This Legislation Will Help Provide Crucial Data Needed to Promote Diversity in Invention and Patenting

Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2021) — Today, Invent Together’s Executive Director Holly Fechner issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the bipartisan, bicameral Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement (IDEA) Act:

“Invent Together applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee and the sponsors of the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement (IDEA) Act—Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)—for passing the bill out of committee. We are grateful for the support of Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Grassley.

Invent Together urges the full Senate to take up and pass the IDEA Act, so we can gather the data needed to build a more diverse and inclusive invention ecosystem in the United States. The IDEA Act is a crucial step toward ensuring that our nation’s inventors have equal access to the benefits of patenting, regardless of gender, race, or income. It will also help ensure that we use the full measure of our talent to compete globally.

We look forward to the House advancing the companion, H.R. 1273, which was introduced by Representatives Velazquez (D-NY) and Stivers (D-OH).”

About Invent Together

Invent Together is an initiative supported by organizations, universities, companies, and other stakeholders dedicated to understanding the gender, race, income, and other diversity gaps in invention and patenting and supporting public policy and private efforts to close them.

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