Roundtable - Invention: Does Gender Matter?


Invention: Does gender matter?

Women are named as inventors in fewer than 1 in 5 patents even though more and more women are entering into the science and technology fields.  With the increasing importance of intellectual property to the economy, addressing this gender disparity is fast becoming a business imperative and an issue of global competitiveness.

We invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion of what forces are driving this disparity and what we can do about it with Michelle K. Lee, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Director Lee will be joined with by a highly distinguished panel that includes inventors, economic experts, and attorneys specializing in counseling inventors on obtaining patents.  Together, we will explore how to ensure that no innovative talent—regardless of the source—is left on the table.


  • Michelle K. Lee, Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Dr. Lisa D. Cook, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University and author of The Idea Gap in Pink and Black.
  • Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and author of several studies on diversity in the technology workplace.
  • Meg Boulware, owner of Boulware & Valoir law firm in in Houston, TX, and served as first woman president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
  • Dr. Inga Musselman, Acting Provost for The University of Texas at Dallas, owner of 4 patents and published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Evelyn Chen, Senior Counsel in Ericsson’s IP Rights & Licensing group in Dallas, TX. 
  • Dr. Jennifer Maynard, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, patent owner, and researcher in therapeutics to prevent infectious diseases including MS.




If you are unable to attend in person, watch by live stream.

This is event does not require registration. 

A luncheon will be held directly following the roundtable.  Registration for the luncheon is required.


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