Do you want extensive patent training from some of the most prominent female patent lawyers in the country?  Harrity is excited to host Harrity for Parity, our fourth annual Women’s Patent Workshop.  A select group of women will participate in this free four-day long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law.  The program will take place virtually during the week of May 17-20, 2021 and is open to science and engineering students, law school students, and recent graduates.

The participants of previous workshops rated the quality of the program as 9.5 out of 10!

The Harrity for Parity Women’s Workshop includes:

  • Guest Speakers (Prominent women in the patent field)
  • Patent Law Introductory Training
  • Patent Preparation Skills Training
  • Patent Prosecution Skills Training
  • Writing Skills Training by Writing Expert, Ed Good
  • Resume and Interview Preparation Workshops
  • Law School Career Mentoring
  • Patent Attorney Q&As
  • Patent Bar Preparation
  • Networking Opportunities

DEADLINE 4/30/21


The application window for Harrity for Parity 2021 is now OPEN!  Applications are due by 4/30/2021.  Early submissions are encouraged!

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates Must:
1. Be in good standing as a science/engineering student or law student at an ABA accredited school, or be a recent engineering or law school graduate of an ABA accredited school;
2. Demonstrate a record of academic achievement;
3. Have a sincere interest in Harrity and practicing patent law; and
4. Have or be obtaining a background in a technical field (e.g., B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or like such).


Elaine Spector, Diversity

Elaine Spector

Elaine Spector is a patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law and is Harrity’s first female Partner.  Her current practice consists primarily of prosecuting patent applications with a focus on electromechanical technologies. Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, Elaine worked in private practice for over 15 years handling various intellectual property matters, including patent application drafting and prosecution, trademark prosecution and enforcement, as well as litigating complex patent cases in federal courts. Elaine’s extensive litigation experience provides her with a unique perspective in prosecuting patent applications. Most recently, Elaine worked in-house for 6 years at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, where she managed over 500 matters in medical and software related technologies.

Elaine is passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal field. She serves as Co-Chair of the Harrity Diversity Committee, Vice Chair of the IPO Diversity Committee, and Chair of the
IPO D&I Committee Outreach Subcommittee. Elaine is also serves on the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee as Chair of the Global Networking Event, Chair of the Outreach Committee, and as an Executive Team Member. Elaine hosts weekly diversity-focused vlogs, Driving Diversity, and regular diversity and inclusion webinars in the Diversity Dialogue series, both part of the Harrity Diversity Channel. Elaine is also a Board Member at No More Stolen Childhoods.


Chi Chang

Chi Chang is Lead Patent Counsel at Apple. She heads Apple’s Patent team, which is responsible for strategic creation and management of Apple’s worldwide patent and design portfolios, including patent acquisition, analysis, diligence, licensing, standards, and policy. In her time at Apple, Chi also has managed patent portfolios for a variety of hardware and software technologies. Prior to Apple, she was an associate at Fish & Neave/Ropes & Gray LLP. Chi received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford, respectively, and J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Mareesa Frederick

Mareesa Frederick is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Finnegan, a global intellectual property firm.  Her practice focuses on complex patent complex, high-stakes intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on Section 337 proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC). She was named by The Legal 500 U.S. as a Next Generation Lawyer for ITC patent litigation. Mareesa also has extensive experience counseling clients on pre-trial strategy, strategic licensing opportunities, and patent portfolios.  She is the partner-in-charge of Finnegan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department and co-chairs its Black attorney affinity group.  Mareesa is also a member of the IPO Diversity Outreach Committee.

Ed Good

Ed Good provides on-site training programs in effective writing to corporations, law firms, and governmental agencies. More than 10,000 professionals have attended Ed’s programs in the U.S., Europe, China, and Taiwan. He served as Counsel and Writer-in-Residence at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, in Washington, D.C. At Finnegan, he wrote proposals that resulted in significant legal work at Fortune 50 corporations. Ed also provides editorial and writing services. He has edited scores of articles published in leading professional journals, has ghostwritten a book published by HarperCollins, and has ghostwritten articles for publication.

Mercedes Meyer

Mercedes Meyer is a Partner at the law firm Faegre Drinker. Mercedes and her team work on large patent portfolio management, due diligence and strategy in the life science arena including handling the intricacies of patent term extension under 35 USC 156, patent term adjustment under 154, managing supplemental protection certificates, and Orange Book issues. They also handle prosecution to parallel litigation, joint entity prosecution arising from collaborations, and dealing with issues of the best path through the USPTO. Mercedes has served the IP legal community as the Secretary and Board member for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), as well as in committee chair positions for Women in IP and Biotechnology Committees. She am also involved with IPO Women’s Committee and former co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Sophia Piliouras Harrity Women's Workshop

Sophia Piliouras

Sophia Piliouras is President of MCCA’s Advisory Practice (“MAP”) at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and partners closely with MCCA’s members in increasing the impact, effectiveness and sustainability of their organization’s D&I initiatives. Sophia joined MCCA in 2016 as Senior Counsel, Director of Education and Research. Prior to joining MCCA, Sophia was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase where she served as the lead lawyer for the Auto Finance and Student Lending, Business Banking, and Asset Wealth Management lines of business and managed the company’s relationship with over 300 law firms on behalf of her clients. Sophia also practiced as a litigation attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she represented clients in commercial and construction-related litigation.

Teresa Rea

Teresa ‘Terry’ Stanek Rea is a partner and vice-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and a director with C&M International (CMI), the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring. Terry is the former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as acting and deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property. She brings a wealth of domestic and international experience and skills to her practice, both legal and political. Her practice concentrates on working with clients in several key areas, including IP policies and strategies, patent enforcement and post-grant administrative proceedings, trade secrets policy and enforcement, and digital/Internet related copyright issues.

Ellen Smith Harrity Women's Workshop

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith started her legal career with Sughrue in 1997, and she provides extensive patent counseling for clients ranging from large multi-national corporations to small business ventures. Her counseling includes freedom-to-operate, infringement, and validity opinions. Ms. Smith’s dedicated experience in the patent space for over 15 years has provided her clients with respected strategic advice for developing and protecting their intellectual property portfolios, including developing strategies for establishing, protecting, preserving and enforcing those patent rights in the U.S. and abroad.

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Previous Harrity for Parity Workshops