Jul. 20, 2018

Capitol Hill Event: Diversity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Importance of Intellectual Property to Women and Persons of Color-Owned Businesses

WHAT:     The Innovation Alliance is hosting a Capitol Hill forum with Members of Congress and experts in patents and innovation to discuss the importance of increasing diversity in patenting, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), which will be released on July 24, finds that although businesses owned by women and people of color are growing in number, women-owned businesses are far less likely than businesses owned by men to hold intellectual property rights. Another IWPR study, also being released on July 24, examines the promising practices used in business, academia, and government to encourage and empower women and people of color to participate in the innovation pipeline. The lead authors of both reports will present their findings at this event.

WHO:      Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Member of the House Small Business Committee

                Jessica Milli, Ph.D, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

                Elyse Shaw, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

** Plus additional Members of Congress and patent policy experts**

WHEN:     Tuesday, July 24, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:     Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2360
Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC

HOW:     Media interested in attending should contact Alyson Chwatek at (202) 331-1011,



The Innovation Alliance represents innovators, patent owners and stakeholders from a diverse range of industries that believe in the critical importance of maintaining a strong patent system that supports innovative enterprises of all sizes. Innovation Alliance members can be found in large and small communities across the country, helping to fuel the innovation pipeline and drive the 21st century economy. Learn more at