In Partnership with:

In Cooperation with:
Washington’s Science Diplomats’ Club

Ambassador Sponsor:
Kilpatrick Townsend

Special thanks to the:
National Inventors
Hall of Fame

Office for Science and Technology Embassy of France in the USA



United States Patent and Trademark Office and Diplomacy Matters Institute
are pleased to announce:


As all nations seek to address climate change, stimulating the development and deployment of breakthrough green technologies is an innovation imperative. Supporting IP protection, encouraging tech transfer, implementing green policies, and strengthening public-private partnerships are essential steps in global clean tech growth. To meet these challenges, Diplomacy Matters Institute is bringing together U.S. and foreign government, industry and academic experts for a one-day conference addressing the nexus between IP and green tech development – from concept to commercialization.


8:30–9:30 amContinental Breakfast & Registration Check-In
9:30–9:45 am Welcome Remarks

David Kappos, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Remarks

9:45–10:15 am “Innovation Today: Thoughts on Getting Creative, Navigating the IP Landscape and Protecting Things of Value – Patents and the Planet”

Ravi Sawhney, Founder and CEO, RKS Design, Co-Author, Predictable Magic
Mr. Sawhney is also noted for his legendary contribution to the development of the touch-screen interface (GUI) while at Xerox PARC. Presentation

The links between climate change, green innovation and job creation are apparent as a growing number of countries address this new reality with significant resources. From developed to developing nations - action is the operative word - and technology cooperation, partnerships and innovative networks are fundamental building blocks. This session will address some of those emerging efforts; underscore the economic interdependency of our world and point towards positive change on the horizon.

Our distinguished speakers will set the stage and explore the relationship between innovation, green technology, IP protection, and job creation. With the potential of developing nations to provide solutions applicable to the developed world – from “the rest to the west” - this session also spotlights public-private initiatives such as that of Kenya’s to create local clean tech jobs and to boost SME innovation in partnership with Denmark’s government and its green industry. And as the venture capital community focuses on the world at large, learn how VCs are propelling viable technologies and promoting entrepreneurism in the rapidly evolving climate tech marketplace.

MODERATOR: Ravi Sawhney, Founder and CEO, RKS Design

11:00–11:30 am Coffee Break

Optional tour & introduction of Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA)

Panel II

11:30 –12:30 pm Optimizing Technology Transfer, Addressing IP and Spurring Green Tech Diffusion

Moving ideas from the lab to the WORLD holds increasing urgency with the very security of nations, economies and citizens linked to vital energy services. And each stage within the innovation journey must be optimized to deliver commercially viable technologies, deployed at scale, with innovation equity protected. How are universities leveraging resources, increasing public-private investments and stimulating cross-sector collaboration? How are the opportunities in emerging markets creating new partnerships and new solutions to mitigate climate change?

This expert panel will discuss the role of tech transfer in green technology diffusion, both in the U.S. and internationally. Reverse innovation, and the innovation imperative for developing nations will be explored. And as diplomats and international climate change specialists prepare for COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, the debate around IP as a help or hindrance to global green tech transfer is resuming. Hear how governments and industry are preparing for these negotiations, formulating a country-driven approach and shaping what is known as the Cancún “Technology Mechanism”.

MODERATOR: Dominic Keating, Patent Attorney, Office of External Affairs, USPTO

12:45–1:45 pm Keynote and Lunch: Innovation and the Global Intellectual Property Academy

James Housel, Director, GIPA, USPTO

Panel III

2:00 –3:00 pmIndustry Perspectives - IP and Green Tech Initiatives

The green energy revolution is driven by imagination and predominantly fueled by industry. From established multinational corporations operating in hundreds of nations to niche SMEs creating and scaling new technologies – barriers to financing continue to thwart breakthrough solutions to climate change. The importance of grants, initiatives and private equity funded R&D to accelerate transformational technologies can not be minimized. How do we reduce barriers to innovation and prioritize research? What stages are most critical and how do start-ups avoid the “valley of death”? As these technologies mature, how are they evaluated, selected and integrated in the grid? And how has the USPTO Green Tech Pilot Program benefited companies in accelerating patents and protecting clean tech innovation?

This business-focused session will emphasize strategies and initiatives of established industry leaders and entrepreneurs –each detailing successes and challenges in identifying, creating and deploying renewables and clean tech. The underpinning of IP will be discussed in the context of protecting value to investors and attracting early-stage funding.

MODERATOR: Terry Morgan, Chairman of the Board, Diplomacy Matters Institute

3:00–3:15 pm Coffee Break

Panel IV

3:15–4:15 pm Government Perspectives on Policies, IP and Green Tech Incentives

The path towards a low-carbon, sustainable energy future necessitates well-orchestrated, consistent government policies and forward-thinking incentives at all levels - local, state, federal and global. At this critical juncture, how are governments stimulating development, promoting energy efficiency, prioritizing clean tech R&D and strengthening innovation by SMES? How does IP play into this framework, as a protection for innovation or a bridge for international collaboration?

Given the complexity of this challenge, hear from experts discussing current and future programs to address climate change and stimulate public-private partnerships. With developing nations most at risk from climate change, learn how the World Bank is structuring capacity-building and financing for SMEs to become proactively and profitably involved in creating local climate technology solutions. These Climate Innovation Centers (CIC) are an example of industry-government partnerships designed to close gaps in tech transfer and spur domestic innovation in developing nations.

MODERATOR: Elias B. Hinckley, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

4:15–4:30 pm Summary Remarks & Conclusion

Dominic Keating, Patent Attorney, Office of External Affairs, USPTO

Lynn Van Fleit, Executive Director, Diplomacy Matters Institute