Speaking at an event last week in Pittsburgh, Andrei Iancu, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), made the following observation: “In order to truly advance innovation here in Pittsburgh and throughout the country, we must work to broaden the innovation ecosphere. Put differently, we need a higher percentage of our population to participate. And to that end, we need to focus on STEM and IP education, externships and hands-on industry opportunities. We must also identify appropriate role models for young people to excite them to look to futures in science, engineering and tech. The USPTO plays a leading role in this regard. Click here to read his full presentation.