Which Institutions are Behind the Lens

The Lens is a project of Cambia, a nonprofit global social enterprise that has been dedicated to democratizing problem solving using science and technology. Over the past 30 years Cambia has received support from prominent philanthropic institutions, self-generated licensing income, industry donors, government and non-government agencies.


Cambia, one of the world’s leading NGOs, is a non-profit social enterprise that for over two decades has been dedicated to democratizing problem solving using science and technology. Cambia started the Patent Lens, a prominent open and international full text patent search site, over a decade ago. The Lens updates and greatly expands the features and capabilities of the original Patent Lens.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Lens is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their belief that every life has equal value is at the core of their work at the Foundation. They follow 4 values, Optimism, Collaboration, Rigor, and Innovation. These values help define their approach to philanthropic work. The Foundation also employs an outstanding leadership team to direct strategies and grantmaking.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Federal agency responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the U.S. Constitution that the Executive branch "promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries."

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Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to advance environmental conservation, scientific research, and patient care - around the world and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation is devoted to the inspirational vision articulated by their founders: “creating positive outcomes for future generations.”

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Lemelson Foundation

Established by Jerome Lemelson, one of America’s most prolific inventors, The Lemelson Foundation sparks, sustains and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit. They focus their activities on educating the inventors of tomorrow, supporting innovators from idea to impact, and delivering technologies that improve people’s lives.

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