Strategies for Fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Strategies for Fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

US academic institutions are facing significant challenges with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in view of the US Supreme Court's ban on affirmative action and the passage by several states of laws restricting EDI activities. This webinar will explore the current legal landscape for EDI as it relates to US academic institutions and will provide practical strategies and tips for how TTOs continue their EDI efforts.

Date:  May 23, 2024 (Thursday)
Time:  Noon ET
Cost:  Members $0, Non-Members $225

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Learning objectives 
  • An understanding of the scope of the various EDI bans across the country and an understanding of any common themes or language.
  • Cultural competency promotes inclusion – How a focus on cultural competency is beneficial to continued innovation where current research has previously been lacking (e.g., health care industry).
  • Providing suggestions on how Tech Transfer Offices can engage in productive discussions about EDI issues in their own offices and within their colleges, universities, and research institutions.
Jonathan Barbee
, MoloLamken
Kayla Meisner, Executive Director, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV)
Lisa Mueller, Shareholder, Casimir Jones, S.C.
Jessica Trostel, Director of Intellectual Property Strategy, CSU STRATA
John Miner, Assistant Director, Technology Licensing, University of Central Florida
Presenter Bios:
Jonathan Barbee is an accomplished and creative trial lawyer with a focus on intellectual property and technology-related litigation. He represents inventors, innovators, startups, and research institutions, both as plaintiffs and defendants. With a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Barbee litigates complex patent, trade secrets, trademark, and copyright matters across an array of technologies and industries, including the high tech, medical devices, and pharmaceutical industries.

Mr. Barbee has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including commencing suit, discovery, motion practice, expert witnesses, depositions, oral argument, and trial. He has litigated cases for his clients in numerous district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Barbee regularly speaks on various intellectual property topics, including trade secrets, litigation funding, and effective intellectual property strategies for startups. Mr. Barbee is also an active member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Trade Secret Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee of AUTM, the leading organization for university technology transfer professionals.

Prior to joining MoloLamken, Mr. Barbee was counsel at WilmerHale LLP. He also clerked for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Kayla Meisner is the Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), an initiative of Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC). In her role, she leads efforts to grow the statewide innovation ecosystem through technology transfer from our regional and rural universities and community & technical college institutions. Meisner provides oversight of all KCV programs that aim to translate Kentucky ideas into impactful intellectual property, establish inclusive innovation practices, fund and support opportunities for early-stage research and development, and expand the Kentucky entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is highly motivated by this opportunity to build a sustainable commercialization-drive network for the success of Kentucky and our greater region. 

Meisner holds an adjunct professorship within the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics where she teaches entrepreneurship. Additionally, she volunteers her time as a board member of two Louisville companies in her role as the Vice President of Venture Connectors and the Secretary of Queer Kentucky. She also serves the AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) community as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Special Interest Group.
Meisner obtained a Bachelors in Science (Bioengineering) and Masters in Engineering from the University of Louisville.

Lisa Mueller, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Casmir Jones. For more than 25 years, Lisa has provided strategic counsel on complex patent issues to clients in the plant, food, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry sectors. She brings an in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to her work advising clients on the global patent protection, freedom to operate and validity of blockbuster drugs they aim to produce and distribute. Lisa speaks frequently to legal and industry groups, and publishes widely. She was the author of an award-winning blog, BRIC Wall, which provides unique insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry in Brazil, Russia, India and China.  Lisa is currently the author of the blog, BRICS & Beyond blog, which provides  insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry outside of the United States. 

Jessica Trostel joined CSU STRATA in 2018 to support the Colorado State University System’s technology transfer team in both licensing efforts and the protection of intellectual property. In 2021, Jessica became the Director of Intellectual Property Strategy to lead the development of the system’s extensive intellectual property portfolio, with a focus on unique protection strategies to maximize the value and impact of commercialized matters. Jessica is our resident intellectual property expert and technical specialist in biomedical devices/materials, life sciences, and engineering. She holds a double BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, a BS in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, an MLS in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Colorado Law School, and an ME in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University. Jessica is a recipient of the 2021 Howard Bremer Scholarship presented by AUTM and awarded to those who—like Howard Bremer— wish to bring creativity and innovation to the academic technology transfer profession. She is also a member of the AUTM Public Policy Legal Task Force committee. 

John Miner is an Assistant Director in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Central Florida. He has been in OTT since 1999, starting as a student assistant, and has been fortunate to have participated in virtually every type of technology transfer activity. John manages intellectual property portfolios and secures intellectual property rights within the physical sciences, building and maintaining relationships with faculty and student inventors, as well as industry partners and entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organization Communications, minoring in Space Studies, and a Master of Science in Research Administration from UCF. When John isn’t at OTT, you can find him in his garden or out on the ocean.