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Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference

November 18, 2022 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Click here for the recordings, slides, and program of the day

Location: California Mission Room, Benson Center
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real 
Santa Clara

In the US, women represent over 50% of the workforce and 27% of STEM workers, but only 13% of inventors. A growing number of companies, law firms, academics, and agencies are actively experimenting with ways to narrow these and other innovator-inventor gaps* in participation. Join us for a kick-off conference, co-organized with the  United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), focused on these “innovator diversity pilot” projects and effective practices to increase participation in innovation.


Conference participants will:

    • Learn from and share with peers and others practices for increasing diversity and inclusion in invention and innovation and evidence of their effectiveness;
    • Hear from leading academics and the USPTO about how to run pilots using best practices as documented by the IPO Diversity Toolkit and High Tech Law Institute’s Best Practices in Diversity Guide to quantify their impact;
    • Join a community of leaders exploring novel ways to increase the participation of women and underrepresented groups in innovation and inventing.

Details: November 18, 2022, 9-5 PM; Santa Clara University Benson Center and Online

Featured Speakers: 

  • Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 
  • John List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago and author of The Voltage Effect




Organizers and Keynote speakers, from left: Margo Bagley, Colleen Chien, Kathi Vidal, Valencia Martin Wallace, John List

Organized by: Professors Colleen Chien (Santa Clara University Law School), Margo Bagley (Emory University School of Law) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


*The Gender Innovator-Inventor Gap (from Chien,  Redefining Progress and the Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing




Diamond Sponsors




USPTO Inclusive Innovation

Progress and Potential 2020 Update

Increasing Diversity in Innovation Pledge

IPO Diversity in IP Toolkit

Santa Clara Diversity in Innovation Best Practices Guide

Patent Pipeline Program

Rigorous Policy Pilots the USPTO Could Try

Redefining Progress and the Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing


Additional Resources and Writings


Special thanks to the organizing committee: 

Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents at the USPTO

Patricia Bianco, Executive Secretary, USPTO’s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)

Dr. Andrew Toole, Chief Economist at the USPTO

Suzanne Harrison, US IP Alliance (USIPA) Board Member and Founder, Percipience LLP

Sandra Nowak, Assistant Chief IP Counsel at 3M and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Jeremiah Chan, Director and Associate General Counsel, Meta

Joy Peacock, Managing Director, Tech Edge JD and Privacy Law Initiative, Santa Clara Law

Joanna Padua, Managing Director, High Tech Law Institute

Maleeha Syeda, 3L, Santa Clara Law


Academic Conference Attendees 

Abhay Aneja, Berkeley Law

Amy Motomura, Loyola Law School

Ann Bartow, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Brian Love, Santa Clara University School of  Law 

Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of  Law 

Deborah Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law

Elodie Carpentier, WIPO

Gauri Subramani, Lehigh University

Heidi Williams, Stanford Law School

Jason Rantanen, University of Iowa College of Law

Jillian Grennan, Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business

Jordi Goodman, Boston University School of Law and MIT

Joshua Kresh, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School

Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law

Keith Robinson, Wake Forest University School of Law 

Lateef Mtima, Howard University School of Law

Lisa Ouellette, Stanford Law School 

Margo Bagley, Emory University School of Law

Michael Schuster, University of Georgia School of Law

Miriam Marcowitz-Bitton, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Neel Sukhatme, Georgetown Law School 

Paul R. Gugliuzza, Temple University Beasley School of Law 

Rachel Rebouché, Temple University Beasley School of Law 

Ron Lazebnik, Fordham University School of Law 

Ruth Okediji, Harvard Law School

Sean Tu, West Virginia University School of Law

Stefania Fusco, Notre Dame Law School



Questions about the Conference? Contact: htli@scu.edu

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November 18, 2022
8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Benson Center
Santa Clara University CA 95053 United States + Google Map

    Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference

  • November 18, 2022
  • 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Benson Center