Nies Lecture: Innovator Ecosystem Diversity as a Global Competitiveness Imperative, April 20

The 2023 Marquette University Law School Nies Lecture in Intellectual Property, titled “Innovator Ecosystem Diversity as a Global Competitiveness Imperative,” will take place on Thursday, April 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall’s Lubar Center.  

The lecture will be presented by Margo A. Bagley, Asa Griggs Candler Professor and associate dean for research at Emory University School of Law.  

The event is complimentary, but registration is required online.  

The United States once dominated global innovation indicators as measured by patent filings. For more than a decade, China has strategized to dominate this metric. Its government pays filing fees for patent applicants and provides incentives to induce large numbers of citizens to invent and patent. Chinese entities now file and receive more patents than entities in any other country. The United States, too, should have an “all hands on deck” approach to patenting and innovation. Yet many would-be American inventors are unable to either participate in or benefit effectively from the patent system. Consider that women—representing more than half the workforce and 27% of STEM workers—comprise only 13% of inventors on patents.  

This talk will explore efforts to increase U.S. competitiveness by removing obstacles to inventing and patenting activity for women and underrepresented minorities and to facilitate contributions by more Americans to the innovation ecosystem 

Bagley is the associate dean for research and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Her previous appointments include service for a decade at the University of Virginia School of Law and, this past fall, as the Hieken Visiting Professor in Patent Law at Harvard Law School. In addition to her time as a practitioner, Bagley has extensive experience with government and non-government organizations in the United States and internationally. She received her law degree from Emory and her bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.