PATENT PIPELINE PLEDGE A commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive pipeline for the patent profession
Creating an equitable and inclusive pipeline for the patent profession.
Watch the inaugural graduation of Patent Pipeline Program.
Advocate for greater diversity in the patent profession, which will benefit the overall profession
Publicly support initiatives, actions, and organizations that promote greater diversity within the profession
Spotlight diverse individuals within your organization for their accomplishments
Participate in a conference that promotes greater diversity within the profession
INVEST IN INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Annually invest a minimum of $2,000 for growth and development of our Patent Pipeline Program candidates (e.g., patent drafting/prosecution training, patent bar prep, mentoring/tutoring, etc.)
Commit to ensuring that diverse technical specialists/patent agents at your firm or company are provided with equal access to clients and quality work
INVEST IN FIRM-WIDE GROWTH
Commit to providing diverse technical specialists/patent agents with mentorship and continued professional development and growth opportunities
Commit to continued on-the-job training for diverse technical specialists/patent agents and providing them with access to external training/development resources
Recruit through diverse student groups at colleges and universities
Diversity Champions are those who (1) commit to the Patent Pipeline Pledge above, and (2) provide data sufficient to show successful achievement of each objective metric below.
Hire 1 or more diverse PPP technical specialists/patent agents over the next 1 year and retain them for at least 2 years (provide support for law school transition where feasible) or facilitate hiring by outside counsel
Increase your patent team diversity, OR maintain at least 50% diversity, over the next 3 years
Increase leadership positions for diverse patent team members, OR maintain at least 50% leadership positions for diverse patent team members over the next 3 years
Corporate entities, financially invest $10,000 to sponsor at least one of your outside patent counsel
Law firms, financially invest $10,000 in patent education and training per PPP candidate to be hired at your firm as a technical specialist/patent agent and partner with at least one corporate client sponsor
PPP Diversity Allies are those who have committed to the diversity pledge.