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The importance of patent diversity: Qualcomm and Invent Together


Qualcomm and Invent Together focus on providing equal opportunities to all, including people of color.

At Qualcomm, we believe that the US patent system should reflect the diversity of this country. If we diversify our inventors and patents, we will create jobs, stimulate our economy, reduce the wage and wealth gap, and make America a world leader. to innovation.

We actively work to provide equal opportunities to people of color.

In 2020, Qualcomm was a founding member of Invent Together - a campaign supported by organizations, universities, businesses and other stakeholders to better understand gender, race, income and other diversity differences in inventions and patents; to support public policy and private efforts, in order to protect them.

Invent Together advocates for the Inventor Diversity Act for Economic Development (IDEA), which requires the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to voluntarily collect demographic data from inventors and make this information available for full research. 

In 2018, Qualcomm had previously supported the passage of the SUCCESS Act. The measure required the USPTO to study and report on the number of patents filed and filed by women, minorities, and veterans, and make recommendations on legislative and enforcement measures to close the patent gap.

In 2021, we continued our efforts to this end, to educate policymakers, businesses and the public about the patent gap and the benefits of patent diversity. We have also supported new research through leading academics and think tanks on how to identify and close patent gaps. 

Organizations such as the Women's Policy Institute have published studies that guide activities in the innovation ecosystem. Through other inventions, we promote the evaluation of initiatives of those in the private sector as well as inventors in the public sector.

The Invent Together’s partners include:
  • AnitaB.org
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association for Women in Science
  • AUTM, formerly the Association of University Technology Managers
  • Boston University
  • Collaboratory
  • Columbia Technology Ventures
  • Emory University
  • Future Forward
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Lemelson-MIT
  • The Ohio State University
  • Project Invent
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • University of Oregon Women’s Innovation Network
  • VentureWell
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Women in Engineering ProActive Network