We can drive real change through public policy. Invent Together supports legislation and executive actions that will enable everyone to contribute to America’s invention economy.
This includes expanding data collection and research on the inventor diversity gaps; enhancing assistance for underrepresented inventors and entrepreneurs, including pro bono legal help, IP training, and invention funding; broadening participation in STEM and invention education; building capacity at under-resourced colleges and universities, including HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions; and increasing diversity among patent “gatekeepers” like patent attorneys, judges, and examiners.
How can you help? It’s simple: make your voice heard.
The IDEA Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that directs the USPTO to collect inventors’ demographic data on inventors from patent applicants on a voluntary basis and make that data publicly available in the aggregate. This is a crucial step toward identifying and closing diversity gaps in patenting, strengthening our economy, and building a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem—complete with new inventors, new ideas, and new technologies.
The UAIA is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that provides meaningful support to diverse inventors by strengthening the patent pro bono program and increasing USPTO outreach to diverse inventors.
CI2 is responsible for developing a national strategy to promote and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in invention, patenting, entrepreneurship, and innovation leadership. CI2 is chaired by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and includes leaders from non-profits, universities, and private companies, as well as individual inventors. Invent Together has assisted CI2 in its development of a detailed National Strategy that provides recommendations for programmatic adjustments and deeper structural changes in both the public and private sectors.
Dozens of inventors, academics, industry representatives, and other stakeholders have testified before Congress and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to support policies that will increase inventor diversity. Take a deeper look at testimony, public hearings, and more to see how innovators can work together to build a more inclusive innovation ecosystem.