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7/26: Increasing Diversity in Innovation Virtual Conference

July 26, 2021 - July 29, 2021

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Findings by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and leading researchers show that women, people of color, and veterans are significantly underrepresented as US patent inventors. All of the data indicates that the US has missed out on millions of inventors, impacting national innovation and economic growth.

On July 26-29, the US Intellectual Property Alliance and UC Berkeley Fung Institute will host a virtual conference bringing together the USPTO, corporate legal teams, innovators, industry associations and key stakeholders across the country to focus on increasing engagement of underrepresented inventors.

🗓 RSVP: Seats are limited so register at https://www.usipalliance.org/​increasingdii
🎟 UC Berkeley discount! Students, alumni, and staff/faculty are eligible for $100 off tickets using the code “Increasing-DII-2021-Berkeley-​A-50.”

Confirmed partners include: USPTO, AnitaB.org, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Santa Clara University High Tech Law Institute, and McDermott Will & Emery

View the program; sessions include:

  • Plenary with Lisa D. Cook (Michigan State University) on broadening participation in the innovation process\
  • Women inventor panel with Ruthie Lyle (Nvidia), Jill Finlayson (EDGE, Berkeley), Caitlin Kalinowski (Facebook)\
  • Fireside chat on how to implement diversity with Google, Facebook, AT&T, Microsoft and Diversity Lab\
  • Plenary with Mercedes Delgado (CBS, Harvard) on Mapping the Regions, Organizations and Individuals that Drive Inclusion in the Innovation Economy


July 26, 2021
July 29, 2021
Event Category:


Virtual event


Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership