Policy Statement of the PTAB Bar Association Regarding
Diversity and Inclusion

 The PTAB Bar Association hereby affirms its ongoing commitment to encourage diversity of thought and perspective through the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of diverse lawyers and law students for active involvement in the overall mission and leadership of the Association, and within the legal community as a whole.  This includes, but is not limited to, diversity based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and age.  The Association recognizes that our organization is stronger, more effective, and more capable of fulfilling the purpose and vision set forth in the Association Charter if we embrace diversity and inclusion.  The PTAB Bar Association hereby affirms that promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion within the organization remains one of the core member values of the organization.

Mark your calendar: USPTO Black History Month celebrations coming February 10 and 12

Don’t miss the USPTO’s free online Black History Month celebrations coming February 10 and February 12.

On February 10, tune in to “Three contemporary Black women inventors.” Drs. Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, and Arlyne Simon’s combined careers include success in areas as varied as mechanical engineering, robotics, writing successful books for young inventors, and more. Get valuable insights from firsthand accounts of their amazing careers. Slots are limited, so register today for this free special event.

On February 12, join in for “A focus on business—The collaboration between cartoonist and illustrator Liz Montague and Google art director Angelica McKinley.” Hear how large scale creative projects are produced from concept to launch. Get a behind-the-scenes view of how Montague and McKinley created the first guest artist Google Doodle slide show featuring groundbreaking Black cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes. This promises to be an inspiring and informative panel discussion about fostering creativity and executing impactful work during a global pandemic. Register early for this free special event.

For more information, please email InnovationOutreach@uspto.gov.