Harrity is excited to announce our first 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 21-23, 2018 and is open to 1L’s, 2L’s, 3L’s and recent law school graduates.


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 Stanek Rea is the former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, former acting and deputy director under secretary of commerce for intellectual property, and former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  During her time at the USPTO, she implemented the America Invents Act. Teresa is now 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.  She continues to influence young women in the patent field to break through the glass ceiling and inspire change.

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 the Managing Director of IP Litigation and Disputes at Accenture.  In this role, Courtney is responsible for handling all IP litigation and pre-litigation matters, mitigating all IP-related risk, and crafting and implementing IP-related training for Accenture’s 280,000 worldwide employees.  Prior to her role at Accenture, Courtney practiced high stakes IP litigation law at Kirkland & Ellis for 12 years.  As a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Courtney led and managed all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising and unfair competition matters in federal courts across the country for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies in varying industries.  Courtney graduated with high honors from Duke Law School.

Ami Gadhia

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.

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.


Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018.  Candidates must submit a completed application, a personal statement expressing their interest in pursuing a career in the patent field, and their resume.  Please see application form for further instructions.