Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference

The Second Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference is being held on September 20, 2024 at Emory University Law School. Click here to express your interest in coming and participating. 

2022 Schedule
Friday, November 18, 2022
8:45am – 9:00am Welcome – SCU and Emory (video)
Dean Michael Kaufman (SCU), Margo Bagley (Emory)
9:00am – 9:15am From Progress to Potential to Piloting (video) (slides)
Sandra Nowak (IPO/3M) and Laura Norris (SCU) 
9:15am – 9:30am The Why and How of Innovator Diversity Pilots (video) (slides)
Colleen Chien (SCU) and Heidi Williams (NBER, Stanford, IFP) 
9:30am – 10:10am Session 1: Getting People off the Bench – Inventor Diversity Pilots – chaired by Suzanne Harrison (Percipience) (video) (slides)
Firestarter 1: (39.25) Addressing Organizational Barriers to Patenting through Opt-Out Framing and Other Diversity Nudges – Colleen Chien and Jillian Grennan (SCU and the Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative) (slides)
Firestarter 2: (49.49) Diversity Piloting at Meta – Jyoti Uppuluri (Meta) and Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio (Harvard)
Firestarter 3: (1:00:58) Affinity groups piloting at the USPTO – Bismarck Myrick (USPTO) (slides)
10:10am – 10:25am Piloting for Scale – the Voltage Effect (video)
John List (The University of Chicago) – REMOTE
10:25am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:25am Session 2: Data and Tools for Progress – chaired by Sandra Nowak (IPO/3M) (video)
Panel: Sam Wiley (PatSnap), Mike Schuster (UGA) and Steve Gong (Google) (slides)
11:25am – 12:30pm Session 3: Innovator Diversity Policy Pilots – chaired by Colleen Chien (SCU) (video)
Firestarter 4: (2:15:33) USPTO Pilot Program Reduced Gender Disparities in Patenting, Andy Toole, Office of Chief Economist (USPTO) – REMOTE (slides)
Panelists: Caleb Watney (IFP), Heidi Williams (NBER, Stanford, IFP), Damon Tull (UCOP) (slides) and Jamie Renee (NAI)
12:30pm – 1:15pm
(12:55pm – 1:15pm)
Fireside Chat with Hon. Kathi Vidal, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO Diversity Initiatives Changing the Innovation Ecosystem (video)
Introduced by: Arpita Bhattacharyya (Finnegan)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Ideation Breakout / Brainstorm – chaired by Laura Norris (SCU HTLI)
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm Session 4: Let’s Pilot Together! (video) Pitches to USPTO, and other co-sponsors/organizers
Co-chaired by Valencia Martin Wallace (USPTO), Joy Peacock (HTLI)
Pitch – (3:51:06) Diversity at the Patent Office – Paul Gugliuzza and Rachel Rebouche, (Temple) (slides)
Pitch – (3:58:04) Double Attribution – Jordana Goodman (BU/MIT) and Sabra-Anne Truesdale (Western Digital) (slides)
Pitch – Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at AUTM – Alice Li (Cornell University and AUTM) (slides)
Pitch – (4:09:15) Law and Technology Pipeline Consortium – Keith Robinson (Wake Forest)
Pitch – (4:22:35) Adapting the Diversity Pledge to the Academy – Lolita Darden (George Washington) (slides)
Pitch – (4:34:41) Reframing Rejections; Company Family Leave Policies: Is there an Innovation Premium? – Gauri Subramani (Lehigh) and Colleen Chien (SCU and the Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative) (slides)(slides)
Open call for pitches from participants
4:00pm – 4:10pm Reflections Margo Bagley (Emory) and Colleen Chien (SCU) (video) (slides)
4:10pm – 5:00pm Session 5: Diversity in the Profession and Pipeline , chaired by Caren Ulrich Stacey (USPTO) (video)
Firestarter 5: (5:03:09) DEI at Orrick: The Mansfield Rule Pilot and Learnings – Alyssa Caridis (Orrick) (slides)
Firestarter 6: (5:12:21) Tech Law Summit – Lateef Mtima (Howard Law) (slides)
Panelists: Piers Blewett (Schwegman) (slides)Jeremiah Chan (ADAPT, PPP, Meta) (slides)
5:00pm Conclusion
Valencia Martin Wallace, USPTO

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