Thursday, March 30


National Meeting Session Descriptions for Thursday, March 30, 2023

Start time: Noon ET 


The share of women among US inventor-patentees was only 12.8% in 2019. In 2020, only 16.5% of inventors named on international patent applicants were women. This gap is also present for other under-engaged groups - Black American inventors, for example, applied for patents at one third to nearly half the rate of Whites in 2016. And Hispanic inventors file patents at less than half the rate of Black inventors. This is not just a race or gender concern. According to research, families in the top 1% of income are 10 times more likely to produce patent holders than families in the lower half. Diverse representation is important, but this is also an economic problem - the US gross domestic product could increase by 2.7% with better representation, resulting in more than $1 trillion to the economy. The gap is decreasing, but parity won't be achieved without dedicated conversations and concerted efforts. In this session, panelists will share what their groups are doing to increase representation and decrease the diversity gap for intellectual property and innovation.  

Start time: Noon ET 


Leaders and managers are generally aware that culture impacts performance, but most are not aware of just how much, largely due to a lack of empirical research. This has resulted in an underinvestment in organizational culture development. In this session, you’ll hear about how improving your innovation culture by just 1 point (on a 100-point scale) can result in a 20-30% increase in innovation performance. We’ll discuss what to focus on to increase targeted outcomes and provide actionable steps to improve your organization’s innovation culture.  

Start time: 2 p.m.ET 


Startups are key to building a strong economy, yet the barriers to entry for startups are many. Compounding these barriers is that, traditionally, the majority of startups come from historically non-diverse male communities. What are the obstacles for under-resourced startup entrepreneurs in accessing federal technology transfer programs? And if federal technology is a catalyst for new business, how can federal tech transfer professionals build effective collaborative relationships to help grow successful startups across all demographics? In this session, we’ll provide you with insights to ensure greater adoption and success for federal tech transfer programs - especially for under-resourced startup entrepreneurs looking to access federally developed technology to stimulate inclusive economic growth. 

Start time: 2:45 p.m. ET 


Many federal labs positively impact local community economies by working with research parks, innovation districts and other organizations. New regional funding sources from the US Economic Development Administration and the National Science Foundation provide additional partnership opportunities for federal labs and stakeholders to build regional technology ecosystems. In this session, you’ll get a line on best practices and opportunities for federal labs to develop new ways of engaging with their local communities in support of innovation and economic development.  

Start time: 4 p.m. ET 


Reported decisions from court cases expose, for all to see, mistakes commonly made when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements. These common mistakes include using ambiguous language, failing to ensure consistency between clauses and thinking that boilerplate provisions have little, if any, substantive consequences. Far too often, mistakes result from inadequate or incomplete due diligence. Court decisions also reveal a failure to recognize that different terms have different legal meanings (e.g. assignment vs. change of control). We will explore these issues and others.