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Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 11:30 AM

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The American economy is reliant on its ability to innovate and retain its status as a global leader. To continue the nation’s leadership in innovation, it’s important to ensure every person and idea has equal opportunity to intellectual property protections. The Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act, enacted last Congress, required the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director to consult with the Small Business Administration to identify publicly available data on the number of patents women, minorities, and veterans apply for and obtain. The hearing will examine the findings of the report and discuss the legislative options for increasing the ability and opportunity for a diverse population of innovators to gain patent protection.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Ms. Andrea Ippolito
Program Director of W.E. Cornell
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Dr. Rashawn Ray
David M. Rubenstein Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC

Ms. Janeya Griffin
Managing Member and Principal Consultant
The Commercializer, LLC
Lancaster, CA

Mr. Rick C. Wade
Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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