World IP Day 2018 - Alexandria


World Intellectual Property Day 2018: Powering Change. Women in Innovation and Creativity. Image of brightly colored powder exploding up to form silhouette images of three generations of female faces.

The USPTO celebrates World IP Day 2018 and its theme “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” on Tuesday, April 24, from 10-11 a.m. in the Madison Auditorium.

Keynote speaker


Frances Ligler


Dr. Frances Ligler

Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University 
Dr. Frances Ligler is the holder of 32 U.S. patents and the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017, Dr. Ligler invented portable optical biosensors, which have been used in food production, health clinics, pollutant cleanup sites, and military applications including anthrax and botulinum toxin detection during Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Ligler and her team at the Naval Research Lab have commercialized 11 of their inventions.

Dr. Ligler will provide perspectives on her past and current work and share her insights regarding women as inventors and innovators.

View the agenda for the full event program.

Registration and Livestream

This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

All USPTO employees are encouraged to attend. Patent examiners in appropriate technologies may receive one hour of other time under PETTP by seeking supervisory approval and registering in the Commerce Learning Center

Members of the public can view the event via the livestream.

USPTO employees can use the WebEx. The event number is 998 975 022 and the password is "worldipday".


This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about or request accommodations, please contact





This event is part of a series: World IP Day