Fireside Chat Featuring Judge Paul Redmond Michel
The Honorable Paul Redmond Michel is a frequent speaker on IP subjects, having testified before Congress on patent reform legislation and serving as Special Advisor to the Patent Reform Task Force. In his years on the bench Judge Michel adjudicated thousands of appeals and wrote more than 800 opinions, hundreds of which were in patent cases. He is widely regarded as a seminal figure in patent law and recognizing that he “helped shape the landscape of patent law in the US and handed down some of the court's most important judgments,” Intellectual Asset Management
magazine inducted Michel into its IP Hall of Fame in 2010. At our Fireside Chat he will discuss what can be done to get the patent system back into balance and what universities and AUTM Members can do to help.
Keynote Featuring Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic woman ever to go in space. She’s also a brilliant inventor and only the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center—where she led the human space flight enterprise for the nation from 2013 to 2018. Speaking at the AUTM 2020 Annual meeting, Ochoa will talk about the resonant issues that have defined her historic career: What can we learn about change, innovation, and the culture of teams from her time at the upper reaches of NASA’s leadership. And what we can do—really do—to ensure that more women and minorities find a place within STEM fields.
Keynote Featuring Professor Antwi Akom
Antwi Akom is the Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—a joint research lab between UCSF and SFSU (SOUL
). His research lies at the intersection of science, technology, spatial epidemiology, community development, health communications, medical sociology, ethnic studies, African American studies, culturally responsive human centered design, Big Data, and public health. Dr. Akom has an extensive background in building collaborative, community-facing technology projects and new models of urban innovation that help cities become smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable.