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Sep 30
2022

The CHIPS and Science Act Will Expand Equity and Opportunity For Americans Underrepresented in Science and Technology

The CHIPS and Science Act is the most comprehensive effort in history to create opportunities in science and technology for women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups.

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Sep 1
2022

Gender-balanced teams produce more innovative, impactful scientific research

Scientific teams achieve higher performance when women and men work together, according to new research from MSU, Northwestern, Notre Dame and NYU

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Jul 26
2022

Patent Poetry: Inventor’s Patent Academy Aims to Increase Diversity

Invent Together, an IP diversity advocacy group has announced the launch of The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), an e-learning course designed to educate inventors from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds about the US patent system.

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Jul 21
2022

Legislative Update on the IDEA Act

Invent Together successfully advocated for the IDEA Act and other provisions related to inventor diversity to be included in the Senate and House innovation and competition bills known as USICA and the America COMPETES Act. For months, a conference committee has been working to reconcile the differences between these two bills. This week, lawmakers decided ... Legislative Update on the IDEA Act

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Jul 14
2022

Inventor Diversity Advocacy Group Launches ‘Patent Academy’ in Latest Effort to Reach Underrepresented Inventor

Earlier this month, IP diversity advocacy group Invent Together announced that it had launched an online learning platform known as The Inventor’s Patent Academy.

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Jul 7
2022

IDEA Act Would Help Remove Barriers To Inventor Equity

By Holly Fechner (July 7, 2022) At age 17, Alissa Chavez became the youngest known Latina patent holder in the U.S. Her invention, Hot Seat, is an alarm system intended to prevent a parent from accidentally leaving a child in a hot car. Chavez introduced the idea for Hot Seat at her eighth grade science ... IDEA Act Would Help Remove Barriers To Inventor Equity

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Jul 6
2022

By Training Underrepresented Groups, The Inventors Patent Academy Aims to Foster More Diverse Inventor Pipeline

Invent Together today launched an online learning platform aimed at guiding inventors from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds through the benefits of the patent system and the process of turning their breakthroughs into patented inventions.

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May 29
2022

To Get More Women And Minority Inventors, We Need Data

In the coming weeks, negotiators from the U.S. Senate will meet with their House counterparts to hash out a compromise on a critical piece of legislation — one that could make our nation more innovative and economically competitive.

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Apr 6
2022

Invent Together Congratulates Kathi Vidal on Her Confirmation as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Invent Together’s Executive Director Holly Fechner released the following statement congratulating Kathi Vidal on her confirmation as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): “Invent Together applauds the Senate for confirming Kathi Vidal as the Director of the USPTO, and we congratulate her on her new position. As an ... Invent Together Congratulates Kathi Vidal on Her Confirmation as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Jan 20
2022

Congressional Briefing on Patent Diversity:

How to Increase Annual U.S. GDP by $1 Trillion? Invest in Diverse Inventors Increasing participation in invention and patenting by underrepresented groups would quadruple the number of American inventors, increase annual U.S. GDP by almost $1 trillion, and result in exciting new and different inventions. Please join this distinguished panel to learn more about the ... Congressional Briefing on Patent Diversity:

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Jan 5
2022

Invent Together Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Approve the Nomination of Kathi Vidal as USPTO Director

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2021) — Today, Invent Together’s Executive Director Holly Fechner released the following statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the nomination of Kathi Vidal as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): “Invent Together supports the nomination of Kathi Vidal to lead the USPTO, and we urge ... Invent Together Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Approve the Nomination of Kathi Vidal as USPTO Director

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Nov 25
2021

Is There A Gender Bias in Funding? Yes. Here’s How Female Founders Can Overcome

By Donna Griffit At the end of last year, Crunchbase News reported that VC funding for startups founded by women had dropped by 27 percent in 2020 compared with 2019. It’s a significant statistic, and it provoked a lot of concern among both female founders and those trying to encourage women in the entrepreneurial space, ... Is There A Gender Bias in Funding? Yes. Here’s How Female Founders Can Overcome

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Nov 4
2021

At least one thumbs up for President Biden’s Patent and Trademark Office nominee

By Tom Temin, Federal News Network President Biden has nominated Kathi Vidal, an experienced patent attorney, to become director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. One group says she’s a good pick. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why is Holly Fechner, executive director of a nonprofit group called Invent Together, which ... At least one thumbs up for President Biden’s Patent and Trademark Office nominee

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Sep 21
2021

New Tillis-Leahy Bills to Boost Innovation: The Good, the Bad and the Nonsense, Invent Together

By Gene Quinn “The Unleashing American Innovators Act is a worthwhile idea and provides provisions that would help small businesses and independent inventors. The Pride in Patent Ownership Act is more one-sided nonsense.” Earlier today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, ... New Tillis-Leahy Bills to Boost Innovation: The Good, the Bad and the Nonsense, Invent Together

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Jul 14
2021

Women Speak Up About the Invention and Patenting Obstacles They Face, Invent Together

At age 17, Alissa Chavez became the youngest Latina patent holder in the United States. Her invention, Hot Seat, is an alarm system intended to prevent a parent from accidentally leaving a child in a hot car. Chavez introduced the idea for Hot Seat at her eighth-grade science fair. She advanced to the semi-finals and ... Women Speak Up About the Invention and Patenting Obstacles They Face, Invent Together

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Jun 23
2021

Holly Fechner’s Statement on Prioritizing Small Underserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs, Invent Together

Statement of Holly Fechner Executive Director Invent Together For the Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development Committee on Small Business U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on Prioritizing Small Undeserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs June 23, 2021   Invent Together appreciates the opportunity to submit a statement for the record for ... Holly Fechner’s Statement on Prioritizing Small Underserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs, Invent Together

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Apr 29
2021

IDEA Act Passed Out of Senate Judiciary Committee, Invent Together

“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.” The full Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the Inventor Diversity for ... IDEA Act Passed Out of Senate Judiciary Committee, Invent Together

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Apr 29
2021

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

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Drew Holden l [email protected] l 202-669-3128 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 ... Invent Together Commends Passage of the IDEA Act by Senate Judiciary Committee, Invent Together

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Apr 26
2021

Celebrating National Inventors Month: Uncovering Overlooked Inventors and Changing the Future of Patent Diversity, Invent Together

Inventors worldwide have made all of our lives better by turning their ideas into products that suit our everyday needs. From Thomas Edison, who in 1877 invented the phonograph, to Gideon Sundback, Elias Howe, Whitcomb Judson and Max Wolff, who worked together to create what we now know as the zipper, inventors find ways to ... Celebrating National Inventors Month: Uncovering Overlooked Inventors and Changing the Future of Patent Diversity, Invent Together

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Apr 21
2021

Invent Together Statement: Hearing on Patent Diversity

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Apr 19
2021

Invent Together Applauds Senate Inclusion of the IDEA Act into Endless Frontiers Act, Invent Together

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Drew Holden l [email protected] l 202-669-3128 Invent Together Applauds Senate Inclusion of the IDEA Act into Endless Frontiers Act Bill Will Help Provide Crucial Data Needed to Empower Diverse Inventors Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2021) — Today, Invent Together’s Executive Director Holly Fechner issued the following statement on the Senate’s ... Invent Together Applauds Senate Inclusion of the IDEA Act into Endless Frontiers Act, Invent Together

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Mar 24
2021

Invent Together Letter of Support for IDEA Act, Invent Together

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Mar 10
2021

Tillis introduces bill to close the patent gap faced by women, Invent Together

“The reintroduction of the IDEA Act is a crucial step toward ensuring that our nation’s inventors have equal access to our innovation ecosystem, regardless of gender, race, or income. Invent Together applauds this important effort to gather the data we need to build a more diverse and inclusive patent system,” RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. ... Tillis introduces bill to close the patent gap faced by women, Invent Together

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Mar 10
2021

Industry Groups Urge Quick Passage of Reintroduced IDEA Act, Invent Together

“By making the patent process more inclusive, we will help drive economic growth and elevate communities hurt by longstanding discriminatory barriers.” – Rep. Nydia Velázquez Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) yesterday reintroduced the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act (IDEA Act), which ... Industry Groups Urge Quick Passage of Reintroduced IDEA Act, Invent Together

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Mar 9
2021

Congress Introduces IDEA Act, Crucial Step Toward Diversifying Invention and Patenting

Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress introduced the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement (IDEA) Act, which allows the USPTO to collect demographic data on inventors from patent applicants on a voluntary basis. Invention is a core American value. American inventors developed the lightbulb, the airplane, the hypodermic needle, the mobile phone, and ... Congress Introduces IDEA Act, Crucial Step Toward Diversifying Invention and Patenting

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Mar 8
2021

Closing The Gender Gap In STEM Inventions – A Conversation With Qualcomm’s EVP & President Of The Technology Licensing Business – Alex Rogers

“Diversity is paramount and we must accelerate initiatives both from the private and public sector that focus on encouraging women and other underrepresented groups to become involved in science and technology, become entrepreneurs, and get involved in the arc of innovation, including obtaining intellectual property rights,” Alex Rogers, Executive Vice President and President of Qualcomm ... Closing The Gender Gap In STEM Inventions – A Conversation With Qualcomm’s EVP & President Of The Technology Licensing Business – Alex Rogers

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Mar 8
2021

Remembering Women Innovators on International Women’s Day

Inventing and innovation have always played a major role in moving society forward. The United States has specifically been known for its ingenuity and innovation. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, Henry Ford invented the moving assembly line, Robert Fulton invented the steamboat – the list goes on. However, systemic barriers created by social expectations ... Remembering Women Innovators on International Women’s Day

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Mar 8
2021

Celebrating Women’s History Month: USPTO Events Highlight Women in STEM and Business, Invent Together

“If we did include all women, people of color, and lower income individuals who want to invent and patent in the innovation ecosystem, we would have four times as many inventors and up to $1 trillion more in our GDP.” Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held the first of five ... Celebrating Women’s History Month: USPTO Events Highlight Women in STEM and Business, Invent Together

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Feb 16
2021

Senators Emphasize Importance of Patent Diversity in Selection of new USPTO Director, Invent Together

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Christopher Coons and Senator Thom Tillis have all sent letters to President Biden requesting that the new Director for the USPTO be an individual committed to expanding diversity in the innovation ecosystem.   2021-12-10 Coons Hirono Letter re USPTO Director 2.16 Ltr to President Biden re USPTO Nominee

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Dec 16
2020

Promoting Diversity in U.S. Innovation, Invent Together

In case you missed our virtual event promoting diversity in the U.S., you can watch it here! We were very thankful to have Senator Mazie K. Hirono, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, and other distinguished guest speakers. We highly encourage visitors to watch the video and witness the powerful message shared across all speakers.

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Oct 19
2020

Economist Lisa Cook’s Groundbreaking Research, Invent Together

Cook’s research shows the lack of diversity in economics is even more egregious than the profession’s harshest critics believed. What happens when your ability to analyze data results in unique economic insights? If you are Lisa Cook, who is this week’s guest on Masters in Business, you end up doing research for many of the ... Economist Lisa Cook’s Groundbreaking Research, Invent Together

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Oct 18
2020

Racism Impoverishes the Whole Economy, Invent Together

While the targets unquestionably suffer the most, denying people equal opportunities diminishes the finances of millions of Americans. Discrimination hurts just about everyone, not only its direct victims. New research shows that while the immediate targets of racism are unquestionably hurt the most, discrimination inflicts a staggering cost on the entire economy, reducing the wealth ... Racism Impoverishes the Whole Economy, Invent Together

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Oct 14
2020

Lisa Cook on Gender and Race in Economics (Podcast), Invent Together

Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Dr. Lisa Cook, a professor in the department of economics and in international relations at Michigan State University. As the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College, she received a second B.A. from Oxford University before earning her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as ... Lisa Cook on Gender and Race in Economics (Podcast), Invent Together

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Sep 17
2020

New group aims to make patenting, inventing more diverse, Invent Together

A new coalition will work to change the status quo among U.S. patent holders, who are largely white males, and introduce more diversity in inventing and patenting, according to an announcement shared exclusively with Axios. Why it matters: The patent diversity gap limits opportunities for the majority of Americans and leaves the U.S. with less ... New group aims to make patenting, inventing more diverse, Invent Together

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Sep 10
2020

U.S. Patent Office Aims to Boost Innovation By Women, Minorities, Invent Together

Efforts to encourage innovation by women, underrepresented minorities and people from lower socioeconomic rungs will get a new push from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The agency aims to “expand the American innovation ecosystem” by pulling together venture capitalists, industry titans and educators to create a national strategy, Andrei Iancu, director of the patent ... U.S. Patent Office Aims to Boost Innovation By Women, Minorities, Invent Together

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Aug 21
2020

The Inclusion Payoff, Invent Together

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON, BYLINE: NPR. (SOUNDBITE OF DROP ELECTRIC SONG, “WAKING UP TO THE FIRE”) CARDIFF GARCIA, HOST: Hey, everyone. It’s Cardiff. This is THE INDICATOR FROM PLANET MONEY. Today I’m joined by an old friend of the show’s, economist Lisa Cook of Michigan State University, because Lisa has just released a study that offers new ... The Inclusion Payoff, Invent Together

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Jul 21
2020

Women Inventors Make Progress but Still Lag Male Counterparts, Invent Together

American women are making slow but steady progress when it comes to innovation and obtaining legal protection for their inventions, according to a new study by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The share of patents with at least one woman named as inventor was 22% by the end of 2019, up from 20.7% in ... Women Inventors Make Progress but Still Lag Male Counterparts, Invent Together

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Jul 21
2020

Women Inventors are sticking with it, patent office says

The percentage of women inventors filing additional patents within five years of their first is on the rise. Data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows improvement in the patent field for women since the 1980s. Back then, only 28% of women filed another patent within five years of their first, compared with ... Women Inventors are sticking with it, patent office says

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Jun 24
2020

Finding The Lost Einsteins: How to Make Academic Inventing More Inclusive, Invent Together

If more Americans were empowered to identify as inventors and share their inventive ideas, how would our world be different? Because innovation drives our economy, this is a critically important question for all of us. In 2018, a landmark study about who patents inventions in America documented a startling reality, which is that many would-be ... Finding The Lost Einsteins: How to Make Academic Inventing More Inclusive, Invent Together

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Jun 12
2020

Patent Racism, Invent Together

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER, BYLINE: This is PLANET MONEY from NPR. KAREN DUFFIN, HOST: In the mid-’90s, there was this big new economic theory that was all the rage. It was an idea for how countries can produce unlimited economic growth, which is kind of the whole point of economics. You know, growth means less poverty, more ... Patent Racism, Invent Together

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Apr 1
2020

Gaping Gap, Invent Together

Much work ahead in helping more women and minorities get patents Qualcomm, instrumental in the SUCCESS Act, has commissioned research that provides Congress with information to enhance patent diversity. BY REID CREAGER Twelve percent. That’s the ratio of inventors awarded United States patents in 2016 who are women, according to a February 2019 report by ... Gaping Gap, Invent Together

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Mar 1
2020

The Colorblind Patent System and Black Inventors, Invent Together

Published in Landslide Vol. 11 No. 4, ©2019 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American ... The Colorblind Patent System and Black Inventors, Invent Together

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Aug 6
2019

The Female Inventor Problem And How Lawyers Are Helping, Invent Together

Going through the patenting process can be intimidating for new inventors, but Jayshree Seth feels fortunate that when she started out at 3M Co. more than two decades ago, she worked with an in-house patent attorney who immediately put her at ease. “He would say things like, ‘Thank you for inventing, Jayshree,’” said Seth, a ... The Female Inventor Problem And How Lawyers Are Helping, Invent Together

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Jan 19
2017

Interview: Laurie Self, Qualcomm VP and counsel of government affairs, Invent Together

Laurie Self began working with Qualcomm as outside counsel while she was a partner at Covington & Burling. She moved in-house to the telecommunications company in 2012, taking on the role of vice-president and counsel of government affairs. Self joined Covington & Burling in Washington DC after graduating from the University of Virginia School of ... Interview: Laurie Self, Qualcomm VP and counsel of government affairs, Invent Together

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Dec 2
2016

Increasing Number of Women Patent Holders Can Spur U.S. Innovation, Grow the Economy, Invent Together

On Thursday, December 1, I attended the Innovation Alliance’s panel on Closing the Patent Gender Gap: How Increasing the Number of Women Patent Holders Can Spur U.S. Innovation and Grow the Economy. The panel, which was moderated by the Licensing Manager for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Jennifer Gottwald, Ph.D discussed the recent findings of ... Increasing Number of Women Patent Holders Can Spur U.S. Innovation, Grow the Economy, Invent Together

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Sep 27
2016

Why are most inventors men?, Invent Together

For 226 years, men led the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the agency that fosters American innovation and entrepreneurship. Enter Michelle Lee, the agency’s first female leader. A Silicon Valley native who built a radio with her father in the family living room, Lee grew up with female classmates who thrived in math and science. ... Why are most inventors men?, Invent Together

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Jul 21
2016

There’s a Huge Gender Gap Among Inventors, Invent Together

Where are all the female inventors? According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women held fewer than one in five patents in 2010. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to women as primary inventors: Just a puny 8%. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among ... There’s a Huge Gender Gap Among Inventors, Invent Together

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Apr 21
2016

Dissecting The Patent Gap, Invent Together

Another day, another sobering statistic about the gender gap in the workplace. Although women have more than quintupled their representation among patent holders since 1977, only 7.7% of more than 520,000 patents were applied for by a female inventor in 2010 (the most recent year gender was tracked by the United States Patent and Trademark ... Dissecting The Patent Gap, Invent Together

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