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.

Yan Wu, Genentech: Inventor, TECENTRIQ®

A Breakthrough Treatment with Broad Implications As the representative inventor on one of the six cancer immunotherapy treatments being honored for the 2016 IPO Education Foundation’s Inventor of the Year Award, Yan Wu of Genentech and her team are helping

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Gwen Jimmere: Entrepreneur, Patent History Maker

How Owning a Patent Helped One Woman and Minority Entrepreneur to “Own Her Beauty.” As the first black woman to own a patent for a natural hair care product, Gwen Jimmere, founder of “beauty innovation company” NATURALICIOUS says that it

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Alexis Lewis: Teen Inventor and Inspiration

One teenager’s potentially life-saving patent At age 12, when most kids already have enough to figure out with impending puberty, Alexis Lewis of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, decided to take on the challenge of finding a way to save children

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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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Meet Team FireArmor: Winner, IPOEF’s 2015 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Grant

How Four Innovative Teens Are Working to Keep Firefighters Safer Team FireArmor is one of the five winners of the 2015 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, an honor bestowed upon a team of high school inventors and entrepreneurs. The competition

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Phyllis Turner-Brim: Vice President, Chief IP Counsel, Intellectual Ventures

Blame the Behavior—Not the Business Model Phyllis Turner-Brim began her career in product development at General Electric and Procter & Gamble (P&G), but after years working on the same product, realized that she had “a little bit of technology and

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