The Cardozo-Google Patent Diversity Project

The Cardozo-Google Project for Patent Diversity is a new Cardozo Law School program funded by Google and launched at the law school in 2018, with Professor Aaron Wright as its director. The goal of the Project is to increase the number of U.S. patents issued to women and minorities. Recent studies show that there is a great disparity in the number of U.S. patents issued to these groups as compared with the total number of issued U.S. patents. Lack of resources is one of the causes of that disparity.

The Cardozo-Google Patent Project is the first program of its kind at any law school in the country. Dean Melanie Leslie launched the initiative with leadership from Professor Aaron Wright, who oversees the Cardozo Tech Startup Clinic and Cardozo's Blockchain Project. "This law school has always worked to break down barriers," said Dean Leslie. "Cardozo's leadership position in intellectual property has expanded into all areas of technology and business, making us a natural fit for Google, whose support we welcome. I have no doubt that we will increase the number of women and minority inventors who hold patents."

The network being created by the project team will help narrow the patent gap by bringing together resource-constrained innovators from underrepresented groups with members of the legal community willing to provide pro bono legal services. In addition, the Cardozo-Google Project will make educational materials available, and hold workshops and other activities to raise awareness and educate innovators about patent protection.


Aaron Wright
Director, Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity
Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0440