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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Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation's mission, unchanged since 1913, is to improve the well-being of humanity around the world. Twenty years ago, the foundation funded Cambia to create the predecessor to The Lens, Patent Lens and has recently extended again its support to help launch The Lens COVID-19 related Reports and the public sharing of the underlying data. We’re honored to acknowledge the seminal role of The Rockefeller Foundation once again as The Lens scales for impact.

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Wellcome exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. Founded by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1936, Wellcome supports science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone. The global charitable foundation supports discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, focused on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, global heating and infectious diseases.

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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally. Cambia acknowledges the in kind support of AWS in providing the cloud based infrastructure on which The Lens is hosted.

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Lens Community

Throughout the past three decades, Cambia and the Lens project have had dedicated individuals who have contributed their own resources and time to advance and promote the open and public infrastructure. Cambia also acknowledges all Lens users who continue to send feedback, support, and promote features that optimise and advance Lens offerings and services to the community. Their steady and disciplined commitment is highly inspiring as they take action to make the innovation system more inclusive, fair, and equitable.