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Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

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Join us for the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium on May 14, 2019 in Alexandria, VA at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

This FREE, half-day symposium will bring together leaders of industry, government and education to discuss and bring attention to the under-representation of women in scientific research and patenting, how STEM education can impact change, and the economic impact of women inventors and entrepreneurs.

8:30 - 9:00 - Registration


9:00 – 9:05 - Welcome and Overview

Mindy Bickel,
Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development United States Patent and Trademark Office


9:05 - 10:00 - Mind the Gap

A discussion of the under-representation of women in scientific research and patenting 

Linda Hosler,

Deputy Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, National Inventors Hall of Fame

Panel Members
Laura Peter,
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Julia Lane,
Professor, Center for Urban Science and Progress and Wagner School, Provostial Fellow, New York University

Lisa Seacat DeLuca,
Director Digital IoT Transformation & Digital Twin, Founder, Project Whitespace & Spotlight, Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor, IBM Watson IoT


10:00 - 10:55 - Leading with STEM
         A panel discussion on the value of STEM and how we can impact the future

Keisha Bryant, Technology Center Director at USPTO

Panel Members:
Jessica L. Rosenberg
Acting Director, STEM Accelerator, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University

Nicole Smith
Chief Economist, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Joyce Ward
Director, Office of Education and Outreach, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


10:55- 11:05 Break

11:05 - 12:05 - The Economics of Women in Industry

          A panel highlighting the contributions of women in industry and innovation


Amanda Myers,

Acting Deputy Chief Economist, Senior Economist, Office of the Chief Economist | Office of Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Panel Members:

Jessica Milli,

Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research


Nevianna Petkova,
Economist, U.S. Treasury

Jennifer Shieh,
Chief Scientist and Senior Technology Policy Advisor U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation

12:05 - 12:10 - Wrap-up and Review

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United States Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

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