VIDEO: MIT and USPTO—Expanding American Innovation

A panel discussion with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & USPTO Director

On Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:00PM US Eastern, The USPTO and MIT hosted Expanding American Innovation—an open forum discussion with Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, and a panel of MIT entrepreneurs in various stages of startup development.


Sangeeta Bhatia, John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies at the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies moderated and panelists included: Shriya Srinivasan, 2020 Lemelson-MIT Graduate Student Prize Winner and Newsha Ghaeli, President and Cofounder of Biobot Analytics, and Elise Strobach, CEO & Co-founder, AeroShield Materials Inc.

Learn more about the USPTO’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation.

Video provided courtesy of the USPTO.

The panel discussed:

  • How the NCEAI is creating a more inclusive invention/innovation ecosystem
  • MIT’s position in supporting the innovation ecosystem—on campus and beyond
  • The importance of university innovation and its impact on US patents and competitiveness

“We’re pleased to support this USPTO initiative”, states Michael Cima, David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, Faculty Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, and Associate Dean for Innovation, School of Engineering. “MIT’s tradition of partnering with government organizations to bring truly world-changing innovations to market is an important part of Institute history. Now more than ever, it’s imperative to lend the voices of successful MIT women and underrepresented minority entrepreneurs to the discussion about expanding their participation in patenting and licensing processes.”

The virtual event, was cosponsored by MIT Innovation InitiativeMIT Technology Licensing Office, and Lemelson-MIT.

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