The Spark of Invention

23 September 2014 Vieux Bois restaurant

23 September 2014




Vieux Bois restaurant


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On the occation of WIPO Assembly 2014, IFPMA and other 8 organizations co-hosted the event ‘The Spark of Invention’ in Geneva at the restaurant Vieux-Bois in the evening of 23 September 2014.
Mr Jeffrey Kluger, Editor at large of TIME magazine presented the TIME Invention Poll, a global survey of 10,197 people in mature and emerging markets about what drives innovation. Ms Mic helle Lee, Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office discussed the survey results and present PTO initiatives to support global invention and entrepreneurship.
The meeting was attended by over 50 participants including representatives of WIPO and WHO, NGO, diplomats from Geneva based permanent missions.


Jeffrey Kluger Editor, TIME magazine

Jeffrey Kluger (born 1954) is a senior writer at Time Magazine and author of nine books on various topics, such as The Narcissist Next Door (2014); Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2005); The Sibling Effect (2011); and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994). The latter work was the basis for Ron Howard’s film Apollo 13 (1995). He is also the author of two books for young adults: Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats (2007) and Freedom Stone (2011).

Michelle Lee Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Lee simultaneously obtained a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989;her master’s thesis was on qualitative behavior and nonlinear circuits. She obtained her J.D. from Stanford University School of Law in 1992.

She was admitted to practice in California in 1992, and before the USPTO in 2012.

Before her legal career, Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

She served as a clerk for two federal judges: Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Paul R. Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining the USPTO, she was an attorney with the law firm of Keker & Van Nest, and partner at Fenwick & West. She served as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy for Google from 2003 to 2012. While at Google, she co-founded Chief IP Counsels (ChIPs), a networking organization for female patent attorneys.