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The rapid innovation response to COVID-19 and the role of IP

Research Team

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Jennifer Brant


Jennifer Brant, the CEO and Founder of Innovation Insights S.a.r.l., has worked for more than 20 years on global policy issues. In addition to research and publications, she has spearheaded many policy campaigns, notably in the areas of trade and intellectual property. Jennifer is skilled at making connections across issue areas, in part thanks to her training in international law, economics, and development at UCLA, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Graduate Institute. She is an International Gender Champion and mentor to junior public affairs professionals. A Swiss and US citizen, Jennifer lives with her daughters in Vaud, Switzerland.

Mark Schultz

Professor Mark F. Schultz is the Goodyear Endowed Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the IP & Technology Law Program at the University of Akron School of Law. Prior to coming to Akron, he was a co-founder and leader of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., where he remains a non-resident Senior Scholar.

Mark has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on IP issues and has been called upon for his expertise on international IP issues by the USPTO, WIPO, the OECD, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Government of India, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, well as numerous academic institutions, think tanks, and industry groups.

Peter Brown


Peter Brown is a public policy expert focusing on global innovation and trade policy matters. He has an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Italy, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in the United States. Before working in government affairs, Peter pursued a career in opera in Germany. He has worked for AmeriCorps on environmental sustainability projects, and on initiatives to extend access to broadband for underserved communities in California.

Caitlan Wright

Caitlan Wright is a research assistant with Innovation Insights. Close to finishing her studies in International Development with Economics at the University of Bath, she has a broad understanding of the macroeconomic policy environment and how businesses are affected by policy changes in areas such as trade and IP. She has particular experience in the healthcare field. Caitlan is a competitive athlete, having represented her country (UK) in two different sports: taekwon-do and rowing. She continues to represent her university in rowing. She plans to pursue a career in corporate law.


Skylar Furley

Skylar is a research associate at Innovation Insights S.a.r.l. She recently completed a double Bachelors of Laws from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and the University of Fribourg. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International and European Law at the University of Geneva. She speaks French, English, and German. 


Mike Nguyen


Mike is a second-year IP law student at the University of Akron School of Law, with specialization in patents. Mike’s background is in bioengineering. His undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University's FABE program, and he was a student researcher on the NASA X-Hab Challenge.


Adam Claussen

Adam Claussen graduated from Hillsdale College in 2020 with a degree in Chemistry. Adam is currently a 2023 Juris Doctor candidate at The University of Akron School of Law. Outside of school, Adam consults as a USPTO licensed Patent Agent.

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