Opinions and Editorials

May. 29, 2022

International Business Times: To Get More Women and Minority Inventors, We Need Data by Michelle Lee and Andrei Iancu

In the coming weeks, negotiators from the U.S. Senate will meet with their House counterparts to hash out a compromise on a critical piece of legislation — one that could make our nation more innovative and economically competitive.

The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) would boost federal funding for scientific research by $250 billion. That’s great, but it also needs to do something else: help create an environment in which all potential American inventors are equipped for success, regardless of gender, race, or economic background. To do that, we need better information on who is doing the inventing in America. USICA should include provisions that would help gather it.