With the signing of the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act (Public Law No: 115-273) into law in October 31, the federal government recognized the significant gap in the number of patents applied for and obtained by women, minorities and veterans.
In this webinar, we'll provide a brief review of the history of inventorship by women and underrepresented minorities, and review the goals of the SUCCESS Act and other government activities around diversity in patents.
During the session, we will focus on two successful programs that center on increasing and supporting female inventors and entrepreneurs. These programs have been implemented at Ohio State University (REACH program/Advance grant) and Washington University in St. Louis (WIT program), and we will discuss the goals and objectives of these programs, the resources required, and any barriers to implementation. Representatives from each university will share the successes of their programs and lessons learned that might be valuable for other university administrators in assisting underrepresented female faculty in becoming inventors and entrepreneurs.