On Feb. 21, the Indian Legal Program hosted a meeting between Tribal leaders and representatives and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to develop collaborations to support innovation in Indian Country. Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attended, along with Lead Judge Georgianna Braden of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and Attorney Advisor Susan Anthony of the USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs. Racquel Black of Change Labs provided they keynote presentation. The Tribes and the USPTO discussed new programs to advance creativity and innovation on Tribal lands while respecting Tribal sovereignty, especially over traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, and genetic resources.
We extend our thanks to the USPTO, the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the McCarthy Institute for their support of the Indian Legal Program’s efforts to promote Indigenous innovation.