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Findings by the US Patent Office and leading researchers show that women, people of color and veterans are significantly underrepresented as US patent inventors. All of the data suggest that the U.S. has missed out on millions of inventors.

Maintaining a technical and innovative edge is vital for success in the marketplace and for the economic and technological success of the U.S. For individual companies, more innovation can lead to increased market share, customer acquisition, employee retention and more. Increasing Diversity in Innovation (DII) is a 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 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.



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The Diversity Pledge was designed to facilitate collaboration among corporations who collectively represent the largest filers of US patents. Founding pledgees include over 25 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.  


Suzanne Harrison
USIPA, Diversity & Inclusion

Bowman Heiden
UC Berkeley Fung Institute