June 3, 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is gathering information on the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system for purposes of preparing a study on the subject as required by the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science (SUCCESS) Act. The USPTO invited the public to provide comments and to attend public hearings addressing the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system. Three public hearings in support of the SUCCESS Act study took place in locations that provided broad coverage of the Nation: Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 9 a.m. EST, Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 9 a.m EST, and San Jose, California, on Monday, June 3, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. PST.

Lemelson-MIT Executive Director, Stephanie Couch, PhD, gave a testimony at the third public hearing on June 3, 2019. Couch's public testimony references the 25 years of experiences the Lemelson-MIT Program has in awarding national prizes to collegiate and mid-career inventors, and the program's invention education efforts over the past fifteen years to address the questions examined in the hearing. You can read her full tesimony here.