Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference

Blog Post with highlights about the conference


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



10:45am – 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)


Ideation Breakout / Brainstorm – chaired by Laura Norris (SCU HTLI)

2:15pm – 2:30pm


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)


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)


Valencia Martin Wallace, USPTO


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