Bipartisan Bill Aims To Close Diversity Gap In Patent Grants

By Britain Eakin (July 26, 2019, 3:56 PM EDT) -- A group of bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday they said would help close the gap in patents granted to women and underrepresented groups through the voluntary submission of demographic data during the patenting process.

The bill would enable the Patent and Trademark Office to collect information about an applicant's gender, race, ethnicity, income, age, national origin, sexual orientation, education, disability and military or veteran status. According to the bill, that information would be submitted confidentially and won't be considered during the patent examination process.

Entitled the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement, or Idea, Act, the bill was introduced by...

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