Session Details

Diversity in Innovation - Closing the Patent Gender Gap
Monday, October 23, 2017 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM 
Northwestern/Ohio State (6th Floor)
IUGI, General Interest
We hear more and more about diversity in innovation, and studies from academics, WIPO, and policy groups have confirmed a significant gender gap in patenting. The Institute for Women's Policy Research reports that although the number of women inventors named on US patent applications is increasing, it will be 2092 before women are represented on half of these applications. Those of us working in the business of innovation should recognize that this discrepancy represents inventions that we are missing and therefore not protecting nor licensing nor benefiting from. This panel will feature IP licensing and policy experts to show evidence of this patenting gender gap, explain how it effects our business (both in companies and in universities), and give some advice and resource ideas for exploring and affecting it in your own innovation ecosystem.
Jennifer Gottwald
Licensing Manager
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Dimitra Georganopoulou
Director of Commercialization
Northwestern University - INVO Office of Innovation and New Ventures

Linda Suzu Kawano

Jessica Milli
Study Director
Institute for Women's Policy Research

Laurie Self
VP and Counsel,
QUALCOMM Incorporated