IP Champion

Recognizing extraordinary leadership in advocating for the value of
intellectual property to stimulate the progress of innovation.

IP Champion
Dr. Lisa Cook, Professor of Economics and International Relations, Michigan State University

IPO Education Foundation is pleased to present the 2021 IP Champion award to Dr. Lisa Cook, Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University. Without Dr. Cook’s research into the lack of representation of African American inventors on patents, the innovation community would not be aware of how the threat of violence to the African American community impacted innovation and therefore hindered economic growth.

Dr. Cook was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley with fields in macroeconomics and international economics. Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, innovation, financial institutions and markets, and economic history. Dr. Cook is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers. She is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Economic Literature, and her research has appeared in such journals as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Growth.

Dr. Cook was honored during the virtual Awards Celebration December 7-9.

Andrei Iancu, Director USPTO

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