A ChIPs DEIB Webinar Event
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
  • Join ChIPs as we uplift this year’s World IP Day theme, Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity. Our World IP Day panel will celebrate women who are “shaping the world through their imagination, ingenuity and hard work, but often face significant challenges in accessing the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to thrive. ChIPs Co-Founder Noreen Krall will moderate the panel of inventors, including Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


    • Noreen Krall, ChIPs Co-Founder and Board Member, National Inventors Hall of Fame (Moderator)
    • Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Lisa DeLuca, Senior Director of Engineering & Product, Unstoppable Domains
    • Ruthie D. Lyle, PhD, Principal Technical Patent Architect, NVIDIA


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    Noreen Krall
    Noreen Krall is a legal executive specializing in technology law and intellectual property. She is the former Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Apple Inc., where she was responsible for all aspects of Apple’s global commercial and intellectual property litigation.

    Prior to joining Apple, Ms. Krall was the Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Sun Microsystems, providing legal counsel over all facets of Sun’s intellectual property assets and leading Sun’s engagement on intellectual property law and policy issues.

    Ms. Krall started her career as an engineer at IBM where she worked for 12 years and held various positions in both the engineering and legal departments, supporting IBM’s server, storage and global services divisions.

    Ms. Krall earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Iona College and a Juris Doctor from Denver University.

    Ms. Krall has been frequently recognized for her leadership skills, winning the YWCA Tribute to Women award in May 2008, being named one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP in 2010 and named as one of the Top 100 In-house Counsel in 2013. Ms. Krall was the only woman named to the first list of Top 40 IP Market Makers by the global IAM group in 2014 and was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech Law in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Kathi Vidal
    Kathi Vidal serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – America’s Innovation Agency.

    As the chief executive of the USPTO, she leads one of the largest intellectual property (IP) offices in the world, with more than 13,000 public servants and an annual budget of more than $4 billion. She is the principal IP advisor to the President and the Administration, through the Secretary of Commerce, and is focused on incentivizing and protecting U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Named one of Managing IP’s top 50 most influential people in IP in 2022, she leads an agency whose mission is to help American workers and businesses compete and collaborate, especially in ground-breaking technologies and across all demographics.

    As Director of the USPTO, Vidal is working to expand American innovation for and from all, and to bring more ideas to impact, including serving as the Vice Chair of the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2), alongside Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and the Council members, , a Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), and the Co-Founder, with the Secretary, of the Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) initiative.

    Lisa DeLuca
    Lisa Seacat DeLuca leads the engineering, design, and product management organization at Unstoppable Domains innovating the future of the decentralized web. She is the 2nd Most Prolific Female Inventor in the world and as a technology executive for the past decade, Lisa brings emerging technology to life. Previously, Lisa spent 16 years at IBM as a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Product Management. Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University with minors in Business Administration and Multimedia Productions.

    Lisa is an Inductee into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, Entrepreneur Magazine listed Lisa as one of their “49 Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Reshaping the Business World”, she’s one of the 115 Most Inspirational Women in Web3 and the Metaverse, and she’s been featured in #LinkedInTopVoices in Technology list three years (2019 #2, 2018 #1, 2017 #2), and was an MIT 35 under 35.

    Ruthie D. Lyle, PhD
    Dr. Ruthie Lyle is the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, previously Polytechnic University. In 2021 she was graced with the privilege of being the Commencement Speaker for the Tandon School of Engineering graduating class.

    Lyle’s professional career began at IBM, where she held positions in hardware and software design, intellectual property management and technical project management. While at IBM, she recognized her innovation tendencies and successfully passed the Patent Bar becoming a registered United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Agent with credentials to prosecute patent applications before the USPTO. She is one of the first African Americans to hold the title of IBM Master Inventor and lead multiple IBM Enterprise-level Patent Review Boards.

    She has distinguished herself as an Innovation Thought Leader. She has earned over 220 issued patents, and is believed to have the most inventions for any black woman in the world.

Noreen Krall Noreen Krall
Kathi Vidal Kathi Vidal
Lisa DeLuca Lisa DeLuca
Ruthie D. Lyle, PhD Ruthie D. Lyle, PhD