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Intellectual Property Patent Licensing and Transactions Regulation

How to Diversify the Pool of Inventors — and Improve Innovation

Efforts to diversify the inventive population will not only foster innovation across a wide range of businesses and industries but will also help greatly expand the pool of inventors across racial, gender and ethnic categories, and the country as a whole will realize numerous benefits.


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Every February, well-meaning people highlight achievements by African American inventors and innovators as part of Black History Month. In our field of patent law, we and our colleagues often receive online tidbits about inventors like George Washington Carver (peanut butter), Charles Drew (blood banking), Garrett Morgan (traffic lights), Marie Van Brittan Brown (home security systems) and Shirley Jackson (telecommunications technology), among others.

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