Together in Innovation: Agricultural advances

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Special guests and expert panelists covered:

  • How diverse teams are an essential part of a successful business strategy
  • The challenges that women innovators often face and overcome in agricultural innovation
  • Valuable resources that innovators can use to protect their intellectual property (IP) and secure funding for their enterprises

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(All times ET)

3-3:05 p.m. Welcome and introduction

  • Deepak Dashairya, Innovation Outreach Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

3:05-3:15 p.m. Opening remarks

  • Dr. Sylvia Blankenship, National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow and National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) inductee
  • Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

3:15-3:45 p.m. Panel discussion: Agricultural advances

Moderated by Amy Wu, Founder, From Farms to Incubators; award-winning journalist and filmmaker

3:45-3:55 p.m. Closing remarks

3:55-4 p.m. Closing

  • Deepak Dashairya, Innovation Outreach Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO


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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers inspirational and educational events, open to all, that feature successful innovators from a wide variety of backgrounds. Come learn about IP, innovation, and valuable resources available to independent inventors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and underrepresented or underserved populations. Visit our Innovator events for everyone page to find out more. 

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The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the USPTO, nor an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned therein.

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This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Together in Innovation