On September 14, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI). The goal of the NCEAI is to help the USPTO develop a national strategy to build a more demographically, geographically, and economically inclusive innovation ecosystem. To assist in the development of this strategy, the USPTO sought input from the public. Lemelson-MIT faculty director, Professor Michael Cima, and Lemelson-MIT executive director, Stephanie Couch, submitted comments and recommendations to the USPTO for achieving a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem.