By Rosa Mendoza, President and CEO, ALLvanza

Strong patent protections have made the United States a global high-tech leader for the past half century. World Intellectual Property Day — April 26 — recognizes the power of IP to advance the public interest through the creation of new products and to give underrepresented inventors a chance to participate in America’s innovation ecosystem.

While Hispanic Americans are still underrepresented in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math — there has been progress worth celebrating.  Hispanics make up about 8% of STEM workers, up 1% from 2016. Some high-profile members of this group include Lilian Rincon, senior director of product management at Google; Diana Trujillo, an aerospace engineer and flight director at NASA; and Luis von Ahn, co-founder of reCAPTCHA and Duolingo.

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