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July 15, 2021
Women and Patents- Increasing Diversity in the Innovation Ecosystem

Invent Together


Women’s Congressional Policy Institute

in cooperation with

Congresswomen Madeleine Dean and Jenniffer González-Colón

Co-Chairs, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues


Congresswomen Lucy McBath and Kat Cammack

Vice-Chairs, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

Invite you to a virtual briefing on:

Women and Patents: Increasing Diversity in the Innovation Ecosystem

Thursday, July 15, 2021


Elyse Shaw, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), will speak on research documenting the experiences of women and women of color in the innovation ecosystem.

Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will discuss USPTO’s work to increase diversity in the innovation ecosystem.

Dr. Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm, will speak on her first-hand experience navigating the invention space as an inventor and patent holder herself.

Holly Fechner, Executive Director, Invent Together; Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, will moderate the discussion.

This event was made possible through a grant from Qualcomm.

Invent Together is a coalition of organizations, universities, companies, and other stakeholders dedicated to understanding the diversity gaps in invention and patenting and supporting public policy and private initiatives to close them.

WCPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization whose mission is to bring together a community of bipartisan women policymakers and trusted partners to advance issues of importance to women, develop the next generation of women leaders, and foster a more effective and representative democracy.

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