2021 DII Conference


Lisa D. Cook
Michigan State University
Deb Liu
Andrei Iancu
Former Director
Ray Millen, CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
Deb Liu, CEO of Ancestry.com
A discussion of the latest research on biases and obstacles keeping women in out of inventorship and how companies and academia can eliminate them.
Elyse Shaw, Study Director, IWPR
Data – Lessons learned from the front lines on how to establish your baseline, how to analyze your data fro anomalies and/or bias and where to focus your first efforts.
Robert Pechman, Chief IP Counsel, Seagate Technology LLC
Jason Friday, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, Lenovo
Justin Cook, Associate General Counsel, IP, The Nielsen Company
Jeff Tang, VP, Intellectual Property, BlackRock
Broadening participation in the innovation process
Lisa Cook, Professor of Economics and International Relations, Michigan State University
An overview of academic research in diversity & innovation and how it relates to companies.
Mike Schuster, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
A look at what practices companies have been implementing to help increase diversity in innovation
Laura Norris, Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University
Charu Kurani, Associate General Counsel, Patents, Facebook
Santiago Velez, Legal Counsel, Electronic Arts
Joe Kucera, Director of IP Strategy, Pure Storage
Sabra Truesdale, Associate General Counsel, IP, Western Digital

A discussion about how to interpret the data – can you really see bias in the data?
Mike Pellegrino, Founder & President, Pellegrino & Associates
John Mulgrew, VP of Intellectual Property at Lenovo
Jay Yonamine, Head of Data Science and Operations – Patents, Google
Julie Akhter, Senior Attorney, Microsoft
Learn how can companies can identify and eradicate bias in the innovation ecosystem utilizing data and behavioral science techniques.
Paola Cecchi Dimeglio, Chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minorities Attorneys (ELRIWMA), Harvard Law School
How can companies easily get their baseline data?
Erik Oliver, Partner, Richardson Oliver Law Group
David Andrews, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, IP Solutions, Aon
Samantha Hsu, Senior Counsel, IP, Uber Technologies, Inc
Saadia Saifuddin, IP Analytics and Strategy, Cisco
Ahsan Shaikh, Head of Patent Prosecution, McDermott Will & Emery
Michelle Martinez, Senior Patent and Open Source Counsel, eBay
Making meaningful change on Increasing Diversity in Innovation will require more than just companies focusing on this effort.
Hear from our ecosystem partners on what additional work is needed.
Speakers: Colleen Chien, Professor, Santa Clara University
Andrei Iancu, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP
Josh Malone, Inventor / Fellow, US Inventor
Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
Brenda Darden WilkersonCEO & President, AnitaB
Jesse Fenty, NSBE
Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law, Howard Law School

A discussion with Diversity Pledge companies on what they have learned in their journey.
Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO, Diversity Lab
Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel & VP for Product, IP, and Legal Operations, Facebook/USIPA
Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Scott Frank, Chairman, USIPA
Julie Setser, Vice President–R&D, Digital Innovation Ecosystems, Procter & Gamble
Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Lenovo


The Diversity Pledge was designed to facilitate collaboration among corporations who collectively represent the largest filers of patents. Pledgees include over 40 companies spanning a variety of industries including consumer products, telecommunications, social media, software, finance and biologics among others.  We hope many more companies join the founding pledgees to make actionable and measurable change in increasing diversity in innovation with their current employee base.  


Suzanne Harrison
USIPA, Diversity & Inclusion

Bowman Heiden
UC Berkeley Fung Institute

Karla Soler Riba
Center for Intellectual Property (CIP)