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Patents and the University-Based Start-ups Innovation Ecosystem
a webinar series

Upcoming Webinar:

USPTO Patents for Humanity program
Wednesday, May 9, 1:00 to 2:30pm ET

Edward Elliot
Expert Advisor in the Office of Policy & External Affairs
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Nagesh Rao
IP Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist

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Do you know that one fifth of the world's population doesn't have access to clean drinking water? Or that almost a billion of the world's poor don't get enough to eat every day? While tackling the world’s challenges needs significant research, much can be accomplished by applying current technologies to alleviate suffering.

Patents for Humanity is the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) new pilot program that creates business incentives for those who bring life-saving technologies to people in need. Through this competition, the USPTO will highlight how patent holders effectively contribute to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Up to 50 winners will receive a certificate for accelerated processing before the USPTO of any technology in their portfolio.

Join us on May 9 to learn about the Patents for Humanity program and how it affects you. Because some of the most innovative models for humanitarian endeavors come from universities and startups, the program seeks to recognize a wide range of entities and practices.


The focus of this Webinar series is to help bridge the knowledge gap on Intellectual Property Law Issues between the US Government and various stakeholders in the “University-Based Startups Innovation Ecosystem”. A key attribute that make this webinar series unique from other programmatic endeavors is the ability to directly deliver “Thought Leaders” in the field who will address various IP issues from an applied, pragmatic, and deeply experienced viewpoint. Through participation in this webinar program, the audience will be afforded both the opportunity to understand and retain best practices when deriving appropriate IP-Strategic Frameworks coupled with Business and Technology Development, as well as gain access to a much more comprehensive and holistic viewpoint on why Intellectual Property Law is such an important economic tool in the “Entrepreneur’s Toolkit”.


Edward Elliott is an Expert Advisor in the Office of Policy & External Affairs at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. For the past two years, he has led development of the Patents for Humanity program. Prior to joining the government, he was a patent attorney in Silicon Valley after spending several years in the software industry.


Nagesh Rao is an IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist based out of Washington DC and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has most recently worked for The Mayor of Los Angeles’s CleanTech Initiatives and for The US Department of Commerce. He has endeavored on projects centered around The White House's mandate on sustainable global economic growth through the foci of startups, technology development, and applied innovation for the developed and developing world. Programmatic career highlights of his have included co-creation of i6 Green, First Look West (FLoW), and Patents for Humanity, as well being part of the Startup America and Impact Investing federal inter-agency teams. He is a former Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with The National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM, & NRC), and currently serves as a board member to Global Access in Action and Launch:Energy.


WEBINAR SCHEDULE: This webinar series is scheduled every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Changes in schedules or topics will be posted on this page and sent to you through email.

WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered to the webinar you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.

QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: National and international media, federal and state government officials, venture capitalists, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, industry representatives, university officials, entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, students, and university faculty and staff

SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.

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