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House Bill Calls for Study on Gender, Race Gap in Patenting

July 18, 2018, 9:54 PM

A new House bill proposes an investigation on the small number of patents going to female, minority and low-income inventors.

The bill, H.R 6390, would direct the Small Business Administration to conduct a six-month study on diversity gaps in U.S patenting activity and recommend how to close them. The agency would consult with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other federal agencies to produce a report.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) introduced the legislation, the text of which was made available public July 18. Its co-sponsors include Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) and six Democrats, including Reps. Jim Costa of California...

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