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 6th 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, patent skills, and career training.  The program will take place virtually May 22-25, 2023, with a Welcome Networking Event on Saturday, May 20th, and is open to female 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, Julie Seitz
  • Resume and Interview Preparation Workshops
  • Law School Career Mentoring
  • Patent Attorney Q&As
  • Patent Bar Preparation
  • Networking Opportunities

DEADLINE 4/30/23


The application window for Harrity for Parity™ 2023 is now open!

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);
5. Be eligible to sit for the United States Patent Bar and reside in the U.S.


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.


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.

Courtney Holohan

Courtney Holohan serves as General Counsel at Kinesso, the Marketing Engine of Interpublic Group (IPG), a values-based, data-fueled, and creatively-driven provider of marketing solutions.

Prior to joining Interpublic, Courtney was with Accenture for nearly 9 years, where she held various roles of increasing responsibility, such as chief intellectual property counsel and global legal lead, intelligent platform services and partnerships. Courtney started her legal career practicing law at Kirkland & Ellis for more than 12 years.

Alongside her legal career, Courtney is currently a board member for the Music Institute of Chicago and Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. She is also a coach at the Girls on the Run International, a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for young girls.

Molly Kocialski

As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Kocialski brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc., where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.

Ms. Kocialski is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Kocialski is the President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, Ms. Kocialski is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, an annual two-day conference on intellectual property that attracts over 500 attendees. She was the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Kocialski served as the head of the IP Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and served on the National IP Committee of the Association of the Corporate Counsel. In 2015, Ms. Kocialski was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars.

Ms. Kocialski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Kocialski is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.

Lesley Millar-Nicholson

Lesley Millar-Nicholson has been the Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology Licensing Office (TLO) since July 2016 and from September 2019 also assumed responsibility as Director of Catalysts in the newly formed MIT Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT).  As TLO Director, she leads a team managing the MIT’s intellectual assets and technology transfer process. As Director of Catalysts Lesley leads a small team of Catalysts who work closely with faculty on corporate and other complex research funding and capacity building opportunities.

Ms. Millar-Nicholson is a Past President of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc, (CLP Inc.), is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and is on the Board of Cambridge Enterprise, UK.  A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar-Nicholson has a B.Ed., M.Ed, MBA and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Kelsey Milman

Kelsey Milman serves as Deputy General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel for Caterpillar Inc., managing Caterpillar’s worldwide Intellectual Property practice based in Peoria, IL, with offices in the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Japan and India.  Ms. Milman has previously served in several leadership roles within Caterpillar, including managing the North America patent organization, the Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Office, based in Beijing, and the Trademark and Design Section.  Ms. Milman is active in the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association, currently serving on the board of directors and on the IPO Education Foundation board of directors.  She is also a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC), serving on the executive committee.

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell is the Director of Intellectual Property Managers at Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV). Over the past decade, she has held various roles at JHTV including Technology Licensing Associate.  She is a former U.S. Patent Examiner in a life sciences art unit.  Laura received a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Salisbury State University in Maryland, and earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Molecular Biology from the Louisiana State University System. She enjoys living in Baltimore City with her husband and spoiled dog.

Lisa Mueller

Lisa Mueller is a shareholder at Casmir Jones and splits her time between the Chicago and North Carolina offices.  For over twenty-five years, Lisa has provided strategic counsel on complex patent issues to clients in the plant, food, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry sectors. She brings an in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to her work advising clients on the global patent protection, freedom to operate and validity of blockbuster drugs they aim to produce and distribute.

With a background in chemistry and biology, Lisa provides advice on the full spectrum of global intellectual property portfolio management including patent prosecution, opposition and other post-grant proceedings, and diverse regulatory matters.

Since 2001, Lisa has worked closely with in-house legal departments of global pharmaceutical firms regarding their patent development and enforcement strategies. In this partnership, she provides training to new in-house counsel and meets with scientists and other business development to anticipate and resolve a wide array of problems including navigation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

A thought leader on pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical patent law, Lisa speaks frequently to legal and industry groups, and publishes widely. She was the author of an award-winning blog, BRIC Wall, which provides unique insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry in Brazil, Russia, India and China.  Lisa is currently the author of the blog, BRICS & Beyond, which provides unique insights on patent law developments in the life sciences industry not only in Brazil, Russia, India and China but in other countries outside of the United States.

Lisa also edited and authored a chapter in the book entitled, “Global Patent Protection and Enforcement of In Vitro Diagnostic Inventions” published by Wolters Kluwer, available November 2019.

Lisa is also the host of the podcast, Tech Transfer IP, a weekly podcast which interviews the leaders in Technology Transfer.

Sophia Piliouras Harrity Women's Workshop

Sophia Piliouras

Sophia Piliouras is Chief Operating Officer at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). As a senior member of the leadership team, Sophia is responsible for human resources; information technology; events and programming; strategic relations and membership. Sophia joined MCCA in 2016 as Senior Counsel, Director of Education and Research and most recently served as President of the MCCA Advisory Practice (MAP) where she partnered closely with MCCA’s members in increasing the impact, effectiveness and sustainability of their organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plans.

Prior to joining MCCA, Sophia was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase of the Consumer & Community Banking Regulatory, Operations and Controls team (CCB ROC).  Sophia served as the lead lawyer for the Auto Finance and Student Lending, Business Banking, and Asset Wealth Management lines of business providing strategic and transactional support on statutory and regulatory compliance including oversight and legal risk assessment of outside counsel. Sophia also practiced as litigation attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she represented clients in consumer financial services litigation.

Sophia has spoken at numerous conferences and programs on diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America and currently serves as Trustee on the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law Board. Sophia holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, a J.D. New York Law School where she served as the United Nations Editor for the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights and an M.S. from Columbia University.

Teresa Rea

Teresa ‘Terry’ Stanek Rea is a partner and vice-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Washington D.C. office’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.

Julie R. Seitz

Julie Seitz is owner of Seitz Effective Tutoring & Coaching, LLC and serves as a professional tutor and coach for attorneys and law school students.  Julie is a writing coach for Harrity & Harrity and facilitates the improvement of attorney’s writing skills particularly in the area of patent application drafting.  Julie has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion policies and programs and serves as a writing coach for Harrity & Harrity’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.  Her prior work as an attorney was in the field of labor law and education law with responsibilities including prosecuting employee discipline litigation, student misconduct hearings, drafting collective bargaining agreements, and policy writing for school districts, towns and municipalities.  Julie has been in the field of education for over 25 years since she homeschooled her four sons then went on to serve as a Professional Tutor for underrepresented and first-generation college students in the New York Educational Opportunity Program and federal TRIO Programs. She then transitioned to her online tutoring and coaching business where she empowers others to achieve their academic and professional goals. Julie earned her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to the New York state bar.

Kelly Sexton, Ph.D.

As associate vice president for research and innovation partnerships, Kelly works closely with the vice president for research as well as other leaders across the university to provide visionary and strategic leadership of U-M’s innovation, corporate research and technology commercialization activities, including overseeing Innovation Partnerships. In this role, she supports and encourages university-wide programs for intellectual property development, innovation, and engagement with business and venture communities in the region, across the nation, and around the globe.

Prior to her arrival at U-M in 2018, Kelly was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Commercialization and New Ventures at North Carolina State University. Kelly holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from the University of California, San Diego. Kelly serves as co-chair of the U-M Roundtable on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on the Advisory Board for the Detroit Chapter of Venture for America, and the Executive Committee of Ann Arbor SPARK.

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