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USPTO Hispanic Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Don’t miss the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) 2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on Wednesday, October 13, from 10am-1pm (PT)  This event is a great chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals to learn about resources available to the Hispanic innovation community.

Register early for this special free online event.

Take this opportunity to:

  • Hear from a successful inventor about how IP can be a key to your success
  • Learn about building networks in your community and finding mentors
  • Discover USPTO resources for inventors and entrepreneurs


(All times ET)

10 – 10:04  Welcome and overview

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

10:05 – 10:09 . USPTO leadership greetings

  • Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

10:10 – 10:45 . Fireside Chat: Inspiring leadership

  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
  • Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, USPTO (moderator)

10: 45 – 10:50. Break

10:50 – 11:35  . Fireside Chat: Inside the mind of an innovator

  • Leandro Margulis, innovator and inventor of a durable radio-frequency identification (RFID) device that tracks high-value assets through harsh environments
  • Marivelisse Santiago-Cordero, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioners for Patents, USPTO (moderator)

11: 35 – 11:40   Break

11:40 – 12:40   Panel: Connecting to a community – A conversation about building networks and finding mentors


  • Jennifer Garcia, COO, Latino Business Action Network, Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO
  • Olga Camargo, CEO and Founder, FARO Associates LLC and Board Chair, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
  • Susana G. Baumann, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Latinas in Business Inc
  • Tito Leal, CFO, Prosperity Labs
  • Juan Valentin, Education Program Advisor, Office of Education (moderator)
This program is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact
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