The Minority Firm Incubator 2.0 is a new & improved 42-week program that provides the training and tools needed to propel female and minority-owned patent law firms, existing or yet to be launched, to the next level of success. This program includes free training & strategy classes, concluding with a pitch session with a panel of in-house IP attorneys. The MFI 2.0 is an integral part of Harrity’s ongoing diversity initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the patent field.
The Harrity Minority Firm Incubator 2.0 program is comprised of two comprehensive phases, that will take place over the course of 42 weeks:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
How can my established firm benefit from this program?
The goal of the MFI 2.0 is to help women-owned and minority-owned firms improve their operations and to give these firms an opportunity to potentially earn business from our corporate partners.
Do I have to travel to participate in this program?
This is a 100% virtual program with lessons and panel pitches done over video calls. While the times are to be determined, the majority of the courses will be taught in evenings to accommodate everyone’s schedules.
Why is Harrity & Harrity doing this program?
After John Harrity, Managing Partner, suffered and survived a widow-maker heart attack in May of 2016, the partners decided that the firm needed to be more service-driven. The firm launched our charity initiative, Harrity 4 Charity, at the beginning of 2017, and in 2018 the parameters for our Harrity Minority Firm Incubator programs were developed. Like our charity initiative, our Harrity Minority Firm Incubator 2.0 is focused on serving others. Our goal with this initiative is to create more diversity within firm ownership by launching firms owned by female and minority male patent attorneys.
When does the program start?
The second iteration of this 42-week virtual program will begin in 2024. Apply now below!
There are many ways to get involved in the MFI 2.0 program, which launches its second course in 2024.
- Selection Committee
- Pitch Panelists
- In-House Panel Presentations
- Guest Speakers
> Participants must be a female and/or considered a minority in the legal ﬁeld, pursuant to the Vault and Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Guidelines [African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Alaska Native/American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Paciﬁc Islander, Multiracial, Openly LGBTQ, and/or Individual with Disabilities].
> Participants must be registered to practice before the USPTO and reside in the U.S.
> Participants must be an equity partner/owner of a female or minority-owned patent law ﬁrm, or must have a sincere interest in starting a female or minority-owned law ﬁrm.
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Program partners have committed to, at a minimum, mentoring candidates during the program, and ideally, giving work to the newly launched minority firms. To learn more about how your company or organization can become a program partner email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.