Patents for Humanity

Date: October 16, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, San Francisco office—also via webcast

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. The awards showcase how patent holders with vision are pioneering innovative ways to provide affordable, scalable and sustainable solutions for the less fortunate. Categories include: medicine, nutrition, sanitation, household energy and living standards.

Please join us for a lunchtime presentation by recent award winners and learn how these diverse innovators have directly impacted the lives of so many people by the application of technology to pressing world problems.

Lunch will be provided.


  • Ronald F. Lopez, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP (Moderator)
  • Andrew Burns, CEO, FlameStower
  • Christina Carlson, Senior Counsel, Corporate Legal, Gilead Sciences
  • Edward Elliott, Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy & International Affairs, USPTO
  • Bob Jacobs, Vice President, Chemistry, Anacor Pharmaceuticals
  • Marissa Yao, Director, Sustainability, SunPower

Additional speakers to be announced.

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