Do you want extensive patent training from some of the most famous female patent lawyers in the country?  Harrity is excited to host our third annual Women’s Workshop.  A select group of women will participate in a free four-day long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law.  This free program will take place during the week of May 18-21, 2020 and is open to science and engineering students, law school students, and recent graduates and will be held virtually.

The participants of previous workshops rated the quality of the program as 9 out of 10!

The 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
  • Attorney Career Mentoring
  • Patent Bar Preparation
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Networking Event


The application for the 2020 Women’s Workshop is now OPEN!  Applications are due by 4/30/2020.  Early submissions are encouraged!

Candidates must submit a completed application (DOWNLOAD HERE) as well as their resume. Please note participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.


Elaine Spector, Diversity

Elaine Spector

Elaine Spector is a patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law and serves as Counsel at Harrity.  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 is chair of the Harrity Diversity Committee and leads the Women’s Committee at Harrity. Additionally, she is the Canada and Central/South America Liaison for the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee and chair of AIPLA’S Women in IP Law Outreach subcommittee. Elaine is also a member of the IPO Diversity Committee Management Team and a Board Member at No More Stolen Childhoods.


Barbara Fiacco

Barbara Fiacco is a Partner at Foley Hoag LLP and AIPLA’s President-Elect. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and handles complex intellectual property and business disputes. Her technology-related practice focuses on the life sciences, including recombinant DNA, therapeutic proteins and antibodies, small molecule compounds, drug delivery, molecular diagnostics, and medical devices. She has successfully litigated patent, trade secret, and inventorship disputes for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical device manufacturers and research institutions. Barbara currently serves as Chair of AIPLA’s Subject-Matter Eligibility Task Force and has also served as Chair of the Committee on Legislation and the Patent Law Committee. She is recognized as a leading IP lawyer in the Best Lawyers in America, IAM Patent 1000, Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars and Top 250 Women.

Barbara Fisher

Barbara A. Fisher is an Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology Law for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Manassas, Virginia.  Barbara provides all aspects of intellectual property support for Lockheed Martin’s C6ISR line of business, Applied Nanostructured Solutions subsidiary, Corporate M&A activities, and intellectual property integration support for large corporate acquisitions and special projects, including the Engineering & Technology function of the Rotary and Mission Systems Business area.  Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Barbara was Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at an international oil and gas corporation in Houston, Texas. Her responsibilities included supporting each of the Global Wells and Advanced Seismic Imaging organizations, and chairing the Patent Best Practices Committee. Prior to her in-house experience, Barbara was a Partner in a mid-sized Virginia law firm where she was Manager of Client Development, and chaired the Best Practices 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.

Courtney Holohan

Courtney Holohan is Accenture’s Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. In this role, she oversees all legal services in support of our overall intellectual property strategy, including constructing and carrying out strategies to highlight Accenture’s extraordinary IP as a credential, differentiator, and value creator, creating and implementing strategies to mitigate Accenture’s intellectual property-related risk, managing all IP related disputes, prosecuting and protecting Accenture’s valuable intellectual property portfolio (patents, trade and service marks, trade secrets, and copyrights), supporting IP-related aspects of complex transactions, and creating and implementing IP related training and policies.  Prior to beginning at Accenture in January 2012, Courtney litigated all types of high stakes intellectual property cases at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she was a partner. Courtney received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and received her Juris Doctor from The Duke University School of Law, both with honors.

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.

Photos from the

2018 & 2019 Women's Workshops