What Companies are Saying

Diverse insights and perspectives of all our employees are critical to how we innovate and create solutions for the challenges ahead.  Western Digital is proud to sign the Diversity Pledge and work to increase the number of women who are patent inventors.

David T. Dutcher
Chief IP and Licensing Counsel

Diversity of thought is essential for a robust invention pipeline, so striving for inventor diversity is critical to competitive advantage.

Brian Griedel
Associate General Counsel, Vice President Intellectual Property

VIAVI Solutions Inc. is proud to join the Increasing Diversity in Inventorship Diversity Pledge.  This commitment aligns with VIAVI’s longstanding goal to foster, cultivate, and preserve a culture of diversity and inclusion in our workplace.  We firmly believe that our human capital is the most valuable asset we have and that Viavi is most successful when we are all working together.

David T. Beck
Senior Director of Intellectual Property

At Uber, diversity in innovation means promoting active engagement across our company, with a focus on increasing participation among underrepresented inventor groups. Uber is proud to make the pledge with other industry leaders in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion in innovation.

Bill Harmon
Head of IP

As a champion of innovation and diversity, Twilio is excited to sign on to the Increasing Diversity in Inventorship (DII) pledge. Increasing diversity in inventorship is another step in Twilio’s journey in becoming an anti-racist company. By signing on to the DII pledge, Twilio strives to increase access to the patent system for underrepresented people and diversity in inventorship, which are essential to cultivating an equal and inclusive environment to foster future innovation.

Eugene Kim
Director and Managing Counsel IP

At Seagate, we strive every day to live out our core values of Inclusion, Innovation and Integrity, and so we are proud to pledge to increase diversity in innovation alongside so many other great companies.  There is no surer way to strengthen and grow innovation than by embracing diversity and inclusion.

Bob Pechman
Chief IP Counsel and Deputy General Counsel

At SAP, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to our success. As a global organization with employees from 150+ nationalities, our employees must feel free to be their authentic selves for our company to perform at its best. Our culture of inclusion helps ensure that everyone – regardless of background – feels included and can run at their best. When we collaborate with others who have different points of view, it creates a greater mix of ideas and spurs innovation. SAP is proud to partner with the other signatories of the Diversity Pledge to understand and address any barriers individuals may face in seeking protection for their innovation. That is How We Run.

Anthony L. DiBartolomeo
Senior Vice President/Chief IP Officer

Diversity is a driver of innovation and PayPal is proud to join this pledge to increase diverse representation among our nation’s inventors. We remain deeply committed to championing inclusive and equitable practices that drive diversity, impact and innovation across all aspects of our business and the communities we serve.

Ben Adams
Vice President, Chief Commercial and IP Counsel

Prioritizing inclusion and diversity is simply the right thing to do. A diverse and inclusive workforce allows everyone to be their authentic self, belong, connect, realize individual potential, and thrive as part of a team. This focus is critical to solve the complicated, fast-moving challenges of the digital age.  Palo Alto Networks understands that this is core to the future success of our company, continued growth of our business, and ability to continue innovating next generation cybersecurity products. We are proud to join the Diversity Pledge to support and help increase representation of all communities within our employee population in our company’s innovation journey.

May Wang
Senior Distinguished Engineer & Innovator, IoT Security

Diversity within our community of inventors is and will continue to be key to identifying and meeting the needs of our growing consumer base around the globe.

Ken K. Patel 
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Chief Patent Counsel

Nielsen’s mission to create a better media future for all begins with inclusion inside our company. When we operate in a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, innovation flourishes, our clients win, and employees are engaged and collaborate to bring the best that Nielsen can offer to the communities we measure.

Sandra Sims-Williams
Chief Diversity Officer

NetApp is proud to join forces with so many other industry leaders to commit to an innovation pipeline that values all ideas and voices. We are proud to encourage and support under-represented groups to be innovators at the company. A more inclusive NetApp means a better NetApp.

Matt Fawcett
EVP, Chief Strategy and Legal Officer

At Lumentum, we recognize that diversity, inclusion, and belonging is the cornerstone of innovation,” said Adam Kubelka, Lumentum Chief IP Counsel. “We are excited to participate in this collaborative pledge to uplift voices of underrepresented inventors, take action on our commitment to increasing diversity, and reshape the patent landscape in a meaningful and positive way.

Adam Kubelka
Chief IP Counsel

Lenovo is honored to sign the Diversity Pledge to increase diversity in innovation. Innovation is at the heart of Lenovo’s commitment to our employees and customers to provide Smarter Technology for All. This pledge is directly in line with our mission to invest in Lenovo’s diverse employee base and inclusive employee experience.

Calvin J. Crosslin
Chief Diversity Officer

We, at HP, believe that diversity unlocks innovation. We are determined to prioritize initiatives to boost our innovative culture by establishing an environment where all ideas are heard and all employees feel comfortable to contribute.  So, we are very proud and excited to join this pledge, and continue our commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in innovation.

Phyllis Turner-Brim
Deputy General Counsel, Chief of Intellectual Property

HPE is proud to make the pledge as part of our broader effort to promote diversity and inclusion across every aspect of our company.

Brett Alten
SVP, DGC, and Chief IP Counsel

It is undeniable that greater diversity in innovation leads to better ideas and ultimately better products and services. Companies, industries and our country thrive when all kinds of inventors — especially women and people from communities of color — are given the opportunity to contribute. But increased profitability and innovation are not the only reasons why diversity, equity and inclusion are so important in this space. The data shows us that millions of inventors are being left behind. Diversity in innovation is important because they matter. People matter.

Jeremiah Chan
Head of Patents, Licensing & Open Source

We know that building teams with diverse perspectives leads to more creativity, better problem solving and better decision-making overall. There is vast untapped talent in our under-represented communities — and we know that the corporate world has traditionally presented barriers for that talent to succeed at the highest level. By joining the Diversity in Innovation pledge, F5 is working to build a network of the world’s best-known companies to help topple those barriers and unleash the potential that exists when everyone has an equal chance to participate in our global tech economy

François Locoh-Donou
President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Directors

Inclusion and diversity are at the core of Equifax’s shared values, and we are committed to a work environment that welcomes unique perspectives and recognizes the contributions of all employees. We are honored to be among the founding signatories of The Diversity Pledge to help ensure our diverse employees are provided meaningful opportunities to invent and innovate.

Andrea Lawson
Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, Equifax

At Chr. Hansen, we are strongly committed to the Diversity & Inclusion agenda. We have joined this initiative to reinforce that commitment to drive diversity in inventorship. As one of the few European-based companies joining this initiative, we hope to be in a way a first mover on the other side of the Atlantic driving this important agenda. If we look at the data we have on inventors that have filed patent applications at Chr. Hansen, it shows that we already have achieved gender balance within that group. But diversity is much broader than gender representation. 

It has become clear that we need to gather even more relevant data, which is a prerequisite for driving change. At Chr. Hansen, we are strong adepts of the principle ‘what gets measured, gets done’. This initiative will first of all nudge us to identify if there are any underrepresented groups among our inventors.

We strive to have a diverse workforce with a strong blend of educational background, work and life experience, diversity of thought, age, nationality and gender. These are fundamental elements for an engaging culture where people deliver ambitious business results and where inventorship flourishes. We actively use our global recruitment process to ensure a strong focus on diversity. We should have that same diversity focus when we hire potential inventors and in order to keep them on board.

Iben Haasum
Senior Director – IPR & Licensing

In today’s complex environment, innovation happens with diverse teams. BlackRock is proud to sign the Increasing Diversity in Innovation pledge, so we can do our part to discover and support underrepresented inventors. We know that only by harnessing the different backgrounds and experiences of our people can we continue to challenge the status quo, inspire innovation, and deliver best-in-class solutions for our clients and for the communities where we operate. BlackRock is a firm of innovators and creative collaborators because we are diverse.

Michelle Gadsden-Williams
Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is core to AT&T’s principles and beliefs. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it also leads to the best ideas and innovations for our customers. AT&T is proud to make the Inventor Diversity Pledge. 

Scott Frank
President of AT&T Intellectual Property

About

The Diversity Pledge was designed to facilitate collaboration among corporations who collectively represent the largest filers of 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.  

Contact

Suzanne Harrison
USIPA, Diversity & Inclusion

Bowman Heiden
UC Berkeley Fung Institute

Karla Soler Riba
Center for Intellectual Property (CIP)