Harrity is excited to host our second annual Women’s Workshop.  A select group of women will participate in a 3-day long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law.  This program will take place during the week of May 20-22, 2019 and is open to science and engineering students, law school students, and recent graduates.

This program includes:

  • Guest Speakers (Prominent women in the patent field)
  • Patent Law Introductory Training
  • Patent Preparation Skills Training
  • Patent Prosecution Skills Training
  • Resume and Interview Preparation Workshops
  • Law School Career Mentoring
  • Attorney Career Mentoring
  • Patent Bar Preparation
  • Breakfast and Lunch


The application for the 2019 Women’s Workshop is now OPEN!  Applications are due by 4/30/19.  Early submissions are encouraged!

Candidates must submit a completed application (DOWNLOAD HERE), a personal statement expressing their interest in pursuing a career in the patent field, as well as their resume. Please note participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.

2018 Women's Workshop


Elaine Spector, Diversity

Elaine Spector

Elaine Spector is Counsel at Harrity & Harrity with over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law. Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, she was the Senior Intellectual Property Manager for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures where she managed over 500 matters in medical and software related technologies. Prior to her in-house position, 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 is on the Diversity Committee and leads the Women’s Committee at Harrity, and is the Canada and Central/South America Liaison for the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee. She’s also a member of the Push Forward subcommittee for the IPO Women in IP Law Committee. Elaine is passionate about helping IP Professionals find and maintain a life-work balance.

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.

Mercedes Meyer

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, has an extensive prosecution and due diligence practice in biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical patents.  She drafts, prosecutes, and opines on U.S. patents and patent applications in the areas of proteins, antibodies, stem cells, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, animal health, and genomics.  She oversees patent portfolio management and strategy in the U.S. and globally.  She advises on biotechnology-related bioethics issues, as well as legal ethics issues, given her book Patent Prosecution Ethics (2nded. 2013) which she co-authored with David Hricik.  Mercedes received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1988, her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1994 and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996.  She is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia and registered to practice before the USPTO.

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.

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.

Cynthia Raposo

Cynthia Raposo has more than 30 years of legal experience working both as in-house and outside counsel. Her most recent position was Senior Vice President, Legal of Under Armour, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland, where she built and lead the legal team from 2006 until her retirement in 2015. At Under Armour, Cynthia was responsible for all commercial, litigation, employment, and intellectual property matters globally, including the creation of a patent team and the global growth of the company’s trademark portfolio.

Ami Gadhia- Technology Transfer Panel

Ami Gadhia is a Technology Transfer and Patenting Specialist at the National Center for
Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a Center within the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), where she negotiates agreements that allow for collaboration and translation of research.  Prior to NCATS, Ami worked at Johns Hopkins since 2007, where she led a team of licensing professionals and managed her own docket of technologies, as a portfolio director for technology licensing.

Ami is a certified licensing professional, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Catherine Wendelken- Technology Transfer Panel

Catherine A. Wendelken, CLP, manages the Technology Transfer at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Bethesda, MD).  Catherine was formerly a Technology Patent Licensing at The National Institutes of Health and The Ohio State University.  Catherine received a BA from The University of Akron and a JD and a LLM-IP  from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Before attending law school, Catherine worked in the polymer chemical manufacturing industry for ExxonMobil and St. Gobain.  Catherine brings more than 20 years of business development, intellectual property management and licensing experience to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Nekeshia Maloney- Technology Transfer Panel

Nekeshia Maloney is the Director of Contracts at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (“JHTV”), Johns Hopkins University.  In this role, she manages a team of paralegals and associates who focus on drafting, reviewing, negotiating and maintaining a variety of legally binding transactional agreements that relate to technology transfer, including but not limited to Material Transfer Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Inter-Institutional Agreements and Collaboration Agreements.  Prior to joining JHTV, Nekeshia worked in private practice as a healthcare and government relations attorney.  Nekeshia studied Immunobiology at the Pennsylvania State University as a Ph.D. Candidate before shifting gears towards earning her law degree.  Nekeshia holds a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University.

Felicia Metz- Technology Transfer Panel

Felicia Metz is the Acting Director for the University of Maryland’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). Felicia leads and facilitates UMD’s technology transfer activities and advises on IP policies, patent prosecution, IP-portfolio development, tech transfer strategies, and licensing. Felicia received her B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.