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2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture

March 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

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How can we best fulfill the Constitution’s mandate to promote the “progress of science and the useful arts”? In this public lecture, Professor Colleen Chien will argue for a shift in our understanding of “progress” to emphasize the importance of a diversity of innovators to the enterprise of innovation. She’ll talk about the “innovator-inventor gap,” the much lower rate at which women and underrepresented innovators become inventors, and steps lawmakers, policymakers, and companies can take to ensure that the best ideas, from all innovators, are considered and developed. The lecture will also highlight the work of the Diversity Pilots Initiative (diversity in a new tab)), a partnership among leading academics and companies to foster inclusion in innovation through empirical research methods, including randomized control trials.

Join BCLT for the 2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture. This not-to-be-missed annual event will once again be held at the spectacular University Club, atop the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Introductions will be made by Edlene Miguel from the IP Law Society and Women in Tech Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

The lecture will be given by Professor Colleen Chien (UC Berkeley School of Law) on her paper titled “Redefining Progress: The Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing.” Respondents for the lecture are Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Berkeley School of Law) and Director Kathi Vidal (US Patent & Trade Office).

CLE will be offered.

Reception to follow.


March 20
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Event Categories:
Berkeley Law Event, MCLE


California Memorial Stadium
2227 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Total MCLE Credits Offered:
Course Dates:
March 20, 2024