Inventor Diversity Part 2: How to Publish Your Inventor Diversity Metrics
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In its 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Report, Lenovo took the book and ground-breaking step of publishing their diversity in innovation metrics including percent of technical roles worldwide held by women and percent of technical roles in the US held by traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic groups. This presentation by Carole Boelitz and Jason Friday at Lenovo, moderated by Ahsan Shaikh at McDermott, will discuss the challenged and rewards of taking this bold step into transparency in the diversity in innovation discussion, and what other organizations can do to follow in the Lenovo’s footsteps.
Executive Director - IP
Carole Boelitz is a practicing corporate and patent attorney with experience in all aspects of intellectual property protection and strategy and law, including patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets and addressing issues regarding patentability analysis, drafting, filing, patent prosecution, transactions, standards, cease and desist issues, indemnification, due diligence, trademark and patent infringement analysis, design arounds, right to market clearances, competitive landscapes, and requests to license.
Jason Friday is Senior IP Counsel at Lenovo, where he has been for over 4 years. Previously, Jason was an Associate with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and before that, he was Senior Associate with Alston & Bird. Jason received his law degree from The George Washington University and attended undergrad at Clemson University.
McDermott Will & Emery
Ahsan Shaikh serves as the head of McDermott’s Patent Prosecution practice. He focuses his practice on strategic patent portfolio management and client counseling for computer-related technology companies. Ahsan actively promotes corporate and innovation diversity. In his work within and outside the Firm, Ahsan focuses on helping combat the gender, racial, and ethnic disparity in patent application filings and issuances within organizations, increasing potential innovation output. To support these efforts, Ahsan serves as part of a team at the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) developing a toolkit to better engage women inventors, and is currently working with Facebook to improve its diversity in innovation program to better engage more diverse employees in the patenting process.