Innovator Insights

A forum for inventors and other IP stakeholders to discuss their work, the role IP plays for them and to help educate the public on the link between strong IP protection and robust innovation.

Larry Welch, Eli Lilly: Helping to Harmonize

The Global Dossier and Other IP5 Projects Promise to Improve Global Patent Quality Lawrence Welch, Senior Director, Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, has been working to create a more harmonized patent system on behalf of IPO

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Herb Wamsley, Outgoing IPO Executive Director

Lead the Battle to Educate Courts, the Public, and Congress: Become Officers of the Patent System Herb Wamsley was first inspired to enter a patent-related field by President John F. Kennedy’s call for more American scientists and engineers to help

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Sharon Prost, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

All Hands on Deck and Ready for the Post-AIA Era U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) Chief Judge Sharon Prost never planned on being at the helm of the nation’s key IP court. While in college

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Manisha A. Desai, Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge Committee

Searching for Balance between Innovation and Tradition Manisha A. Desai, Ph.D., Chair of IPO’s Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge (GR/TK) Committee and Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, spends a fair amount of her professional time tackling

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Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., President, National Academy of Inventors

Universities, Industry and Governments Must Partner to Advance True Innovation Dr. Sanberg is also Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development; Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair; Distinguished University Professor; University of South Florida

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Manny Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel, IBM

Stop the Rhetoric to Improve Public Perception Introduced to patents by his inventor father, Manny Schecter has worked with IBM since the 1980s—first as an engineer and then as an attorney, after attending law school through a program offered by

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