Harrity is excited to announce that Partner Paul Harrity has been named an official member of Managing Intellectual Property’s Global IP Stars for Patent Prosecution and Patent Strategy & Counseling. Congratulations, Paul!
Harrity & Harrity has been named to the 2018 IAM Patent 1000, along with partners John Harrity and Paul Harrity. According to the publication, “As well as in preparation and prosecution, Harrity & Harrity excels at competitive intelligence and pre-litigation patent analysis. It delivers high-quality results promptly and within budget and can handle any type of technology and any degree of complexity in invention disclosures with ease.” Read our profile in its entirety HERE.
The Harrity Women’s Workshop took place from May 21-23. We invited ten women from law schools across the country to join us to learn about the patent field from leading women in the field. Elaine Spector, Counsel at Harrity & Harrity, and Sandra Maxey, the Firm’s Controller, both wanted to put together a program that would provide women with the skills necessary to succeed both personally and professionally in a high-stress career.
Harrity attorneys presented on topics ranging from the patent process to patent drafting and prosecution, rivaling what can be taught in a traditional classroom setting. The workshop also featured many speakers, including Teresa Rea, a partner and vice-chair of Intellectual Property and a director with C&M International, a subsidy of Crowell Moring. She spoke about her career and how to create a life-work balance, and inspired the women in attendance to set high goals for themselves. Mercedes Meyer, a partner in the Intellectual Property group at Drinker Biddle & Reath explained the importance of creating a business plan and how to set yourself apart from your male counterparts. Barbara Fisher, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, at Lockheed Martin, gave an empowering speech on setting goals and achieving them. Courtney Holohan, Accenture’s Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, told our workshop participants the ten things she wished she had known when she entered the field. Cynthia Raposo, Senior Vice President of Legal for Under Armour, Inc., discussed issues related to women, including the advancement of women in the field and reasons why women do not tend to promote themselves. Finally, Ami Gadhia of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) led a panel along with Catherine Wendelken, Nekeshia Maloney, and Felicia Metz. They answered questions about their field, technology transfer, and how they manage a life-work balance.
This is the first Women’s Workshop held by the Harrity Women’s Committee, a sub-committee of the Diversity Committee. In 2017, the firm held a Diversity Workshop geared towards introducing law school students to the practice of patent law. Harrity & Harrity is committed to promoting diversity in the legal field, and does so through workshops such as those mentioned above, fellowships, and scholarships for new attorneys.
We’re excited to announce that Erin Wills has joined our team as an associate. Erin’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. She has worked with a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, medical devices, and mechanical engineering technologies.
Erin earned her Bachelor’s of Science from North Carolina State University, her Master’s of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia, and her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University.
To learn more about Erin and the rest of our team, please visit https://harrityllp.com/team/
We’re excited to announce that Ted Nissly has joined our team! Ted is an associate whose practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to automotive, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, and e-commerce technologies. Ted received his Bachelor’s of Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law. He is a member of AIPLA, IPO, and the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court for the Federal Circuit.
To learn more about Ted and the rest of our team, please visit https://harrityllp.com/team/.
We’re excited to announce that Ryan Thelen has joined our team as an associate. His practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Prior to joining Harrity, Ryan worked in-house where he gained extensive experience in patent portfolio management, product clearance, invention disclosure mining, infringement analysis, and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.
To learn more about Ryan and the rest of our team, visit https://harrityllp.com/team/.
On Friday, February 9, the Harrity Team came together from across the country to attend this year’s State of the Firm Address. This is a time for our team to come together to look back on last year’s accomplishments, to learn about our goals for the coming year, and to recognize members of our staff for their accomplishments.
This year Harrity created a special award for the team member who has gone above and beyond their normal job duties. This year the Harrity Cup was presented to Jazmine Hitt. John Harrity says of Jazmine, “she’s a patent prosecution assistant, diversity coordinator, and she was in the UNICEF video. She’s done an outstanding job from the second she walked in the doors and through the end of last year and continuing on obviously this year. It was a unanimous decision.”
We’re excited to announce that Harrity will be holding its first Women’s Workshop this spring from May 21-23! This workshop includes presentations from some of the most successful women in Intellectual Property, and hands-on patent training from our firm’s attorneys. This workshop is open to any woman currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and recent graduates. For more information, visit our website.
Harrity & Harrity is excited to welcome Rebecca Bachner to our team as an associate. Rebecca has more than 10 years of experience in the patent field, and her practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution of electrical and software-related inventions. Prior to joining our firm, Rebecca worked in private practice for over 10 years. She started her patent career as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO.
To learn more about Rebecca and the rest of our team, click HERE.
We are proud to announce that Harrity & Harrity has joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. John Harrity, Managing Partner, and Sandra Maxey, Chief Diversity Officer, attended the Annual Membership Meeting, Vision 2020: The Power of Networks, in Washington, D.C. on October 17. Sandra Maxey said of the event, “I was excited to attend the 8th Annual LCLD Meeting. Their vision for creating a diverse workforce is solid, and I have no doubt that they inspire change.” We are excited to work with this driven organization and do our part to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal field.
Harrity & Harrity has joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. This is their most recent advancement in their Diversity and Inclusion commitment. The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity works to connect more than 265 law firms and major corporations through various programs that target attorneys at all stages of their careers.
John Harrity, Managing Partner, says of this step forward, “We look forward to utilizing the resources this great organization has to offer us, and to helping diversity in the legal community grow. Since implementing our diversity program almost four years ago, we’ve seen tremendous growth at our firm, and we’re excited to see that growth continue across our field.”
Harrity & Harrity was mentioned in Law360’s article regarding firms that have adopted alternative hiring practices to the Mansfield Rule. The Mansfield Rule, created in 2016, states that at least 30% of the candidate pool for promotions, leadership positions, and senior level hiring must be comprised of either diverse candidates or women. The Super Sized Rooney Rule expands on that idea.
“Virginia-based patent law boutique Harrity & Harrity launched what it calls the “super-sized Rooney Rule” at the end of 2015. The law firm has committed to interview at least one woman or minority candidate for every nonminority male candidate it interviews for both attorney and nonattorney positions.
According to one of the law firm’s founding partners, John Harrity, the law firm has seen a good deal of progress since it implemented the rule. Of the eight attorneys it has hired since November 2015, half were either minorities or women, and across the law firm, out of the 19 employees hired during that time period, 12 are women and minorities.”
To learn more about Harrity & Harrity’s diversity initiatives, please visit our Diversity Page.
Harrity & Harrity, LLP, has announced the launch of their charitable giving initiative, Harrity 4 Charity.
Harrity 4 Charity is an initiative that launched in July 2017 that represents a partnership between Harrity & Harrity and the American Heart Association, INOVA Children’s Hospital, Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer, and UNICEF. Harrity & Harrity has pledged to donate 5% of profits to the partner charities, and 100% of the firm’s employees have pledged to donate a portion of their paychecks, as well. “We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can give back in such an extraordinary way,” says John Harrity, Managing Partner. “We couldn’t be more proud of our team and their commitment to helping others.”
These organizations were chosen by John Harrity, Paul Harrity, Sandra Maxey, and the Diversity Committee because each one was near and dear to their hearts. The partners of Harrity & Harrity will also give the firm’s clients the opportunity to designate which charity they would like their portion of the firm’s profits to be donated.
Paul Harrity says of the initiative, “We see this as a way for us to make a difference in the world, and we hope other firms will do the same.”
Harrity & Harrity’s commitment to the community is manifested in other ways, as well. The firm frequently volunteers time and in kind goods to benefit a number of charitable organizations, including Fairfax CASA, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Duke Cancer Institute, and JDRF. In October 2017, they will host the Sixth Annual Harrity Race Against Heart Disease benefitting the American Heart Association.
To learn more about the Harrity 4 Charity initiative, please visit www.Harrity4Charity.com. To register for the Sixth Annual Harrity Race Against Heart Disease, please visit www.harrityllp.com/harrityrace.
Harrity & Harrity is an IP boutique that has been specializing in the preparation and prosecution of electrical and mechanical patent applications since 1999. Our services include patent preparation and patent prosecution, patent opinions, patent analytics, patent quality support, and patent preparation and patent prosecution training.
Harrity & Harrity is excited to announce that Matthew Allen has joined our firm. Matthew has extensive experience in the patent field, including working for IBM, Fish and Richardson, and Hewlett-Packard prior to Harrity & Harrity.
Lawyers Have Heart is the largest 5K, 10K, and Fun Walk in the DMV, with more than 5,500 runners and walkers supporting the American Heart Association! John Harrity and Sandra Maxey talk about what motivates them and how to get involved.
Kenneth Hartmann has joined the firm as an Associate. He brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the patent field. Ken specializes in patent preparation and patent prosecution of electrical, electromechanical, and software technologies. He also has experience in portfolio analysis, validity and invalidity analysis, infringement analysis, and clearance opinions.
Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, he worked in house at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He also worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Learn more about Ken and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.
For the third year in a row, Harrity & Harrity has been named an IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Firm for Patent Prosecution.
“Distinguished by the most exacting standards of quality, Harrity & Harrity is a prime pick for companies seeking to obtain patents that will stand the test of time and push their commercial agenda. Whether through training on the customer-facing aspects of legal practice or exploring innovative new approaches to data analytics, the set always goes the extra mile to exceed expectations. The architects of one of the most thorough second-attorney-review policies in the patent business and a uniform writing style that leaves no gaps while promoting efficiency, John Harrity and Paul Harrity are clever prosecution minds with a growing fan base among blue-chips. They have promoted a very proactive, team-oriented approach to account management, so customers can always get 100% attention from someone who knows their technology, business and portfolio.”
On May 22, 2017, Harrity & Harrity launched its first annual Diversity Summer Workshop. This program brought together undergraduates, law students, and recent graduates to learn about patent law. During this week long program, students attended presentations from Teresa Rea, Former Director of the USPTO, Courtney Holohan, Chief IP Counsel for Accenture, and Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel of Patents at Google. They also had to opportunity to attend patent-related presentations from our Partners and Associates, and participate in hands-on training in drafting patent applications and responding to office actions.
Chief Diversity Officer, Sandra Maxey, says of the workshop, “This week was an incredible success and we hope to start looking for participants for our 2018 workshop soon to help diverse students with an interest in the patent field gain the skills to succeed as private practice attorneys, patent examiners, and in-house counsel.”
To learn more about the Diversity Summer Workshop and how to apply, click HERE.
Harrity & Harrity is pleased to announce that Imran Hossain has been selected as the 2017 1L Diversity Fellow. Imran earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and is working towards his Juris Doctor at Boston College Law School.
As a Diversity Fellow, Imran will receive mentoring from both associates and partners, a scholarship, and summer clerkship from mid-May until July.
Learn more about our Diversity Fellowship Program HERE.
Harrity & Harrity is excited to welcome Elaine Spector to our firm as Counsel. Elaine has more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, and her practice consists primarily of patent prosecution in electromechanical technologies. Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, she worked in private practice for nearly 15 years, and most recently she worked in-house for 6 years at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.
Learn more about Elaine and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.
Kevin Pickens has joined the Harrity & Harrity team as Of Counsel. He has more than 20 years of experience in patent law both preparing and prosecuting patents, managing patent portfolios, and advising on IP issues. Kevin primarily works with electronics and computer technologies.
Prior to Harrity & Harrity, Kevin worked as a patent attorney, IP counsel, and patent operations manager at Motorola, where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, advised on IP issues, and managed patent portfolios.
After Motorola, Kevin served as patent counsel for Apriva, where he developed the patent portfolio and created patent processes and tools for a growing company.
To learn more about Kevin and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team, click HERE.
Harrity & Harrity is excited to announce that Jan Little-Washington has joined our team as Of Counsel. Jan has more than 18 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, for electrical and computer technologies.
Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, Jan practiced law for over 18 years with law firms based in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington. She has worked with developers, engineers, business leaders, in-house counsel, and university technology transfer professionals to identify methods of protecting intellectual property created from software, hardware, business methods, and internet related products and services.
Learn more about Jan and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.