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Coalition Joins Growing Effort To Improve Inventor Diversity

September 17, 2020, Law360

Holly Fechner spoke with Law360 about a coalition of groups tackling the lack of diversity in patenting. Ms. Fechner told Law360 that a key initiative of the group is advocating for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to collect demographic data on inventors through support of the bipartisan Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act, which was introduced in July 2019.

She says, “Our country will be stronger and fairer if we close the patent gaps. Closing these gaps will create new jobs and increase U.S. GDP, increase income for individuals and their families, and bring fresh perspectives into the innovation ecosystem, unlocking new and different inventions.”

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