THE DIVERSITY PLEDGE
Innovators of all types have shaped many aspects of the world throughout the centuries. However, findings by WIPO and leading researchers show some groups remain severely under-represented in many areas of intellectual property use. All of the data suggests that the world has missed out on millions of inventors.
Maintaining a technical and innovative edge is vital for success in the marketplace and for global economic and technological success. For individual companies, more innovation can lead to increased market share, customer acquisition, employee retention, and more. Increasing Diversity in Innovation is the first step in reaching these goals, and the time for action is now.
The Diversity Pledge is a commitment to working to understand and address the issue of underrepresented inventors. The pledge is currently signed by many of the world’s largest companies and innovators.
Which companies can make the Pledge?
Companies with inventorship programs
Which companies can support the Pledge?
Law firms, non-tech companies, and other organizations e.g. by sharing its message and encouraging clients and partners to make the Pledge.
The Diversity Pledge was designed to facilitate collaboration among corporations who collectively represent the largest filers of patents. Pledgees include over 40 companies spanning a variety of industries including consumer products, telecommunications, social media, software, finance and biologics among others. We hope many more companies join the founding pledgees to make actionable and measurable change in increasing diversity in innovation with their current employee base.
USIPA, Diversity & Inclusion
UC Berkeley Fung Institute
Karla Soler Riba
Center for Intellectual Property (CIP)