The Harrity Academy is a free program which introduces diverse participants to the field of patent law, provides exclusive training, practice materials, and mentorship, and teaches how to effectively and efficiently draft and prosecute high-quality patent applications. The goal of this program is to help increase the number of diverse candidates entering the patent field while enhancing the quality of their overall practice.
The Harrity Academy is comprised of three courses: Patent Basics, Patent Drafting, and Patent Prosecution. Courses will be broken into regularly scheduled online classes and include practice assignments, speakers, and one-on-one mentorship throughout the course duration.
The Harrity Academy is a Diversity & Inclusion Program implemented to help rectify the disparity of race and gender in the legal field. To do so, we are providing diverse candidates with tools and resources for success.
“We believe that the ‘practice of law’ is advanced by a more diverse legal team – with diversity of background, upbringing, education, and perspective comes quality legal innovation.” – John Harrity, Managing Partner
Our Diversity Mission is to promote and nurture a respectful, highly engaged, family friendly, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of our talented team with all types of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, skills/talents, and capabilities. The Harrity Academy is just one program we’ve implemented to promote this mission.
To enroll, you must meet the following requirements:
- You have a technical degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent fields;
- You are able and willing to commit to every scheduled class in the selected course;
- You are 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, U.S. Veteran, and/or Individual with Disabilities]
PATENT DRAFTING COURSE [FALL 2020]
October 6th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
October 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
October 20th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
October 27th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
November 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
November 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
November 17th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
November 24th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
PATENT BASICS COURSE [JANUARY 2021]
EXACT TIMES & DATES TBD
PATENT PROSECUTION COURSE [MARCH 2021]
EXACT TIMES & DATES TBD