Minority Firm Incubator 3.0 Overview

The Minority Firm Incubator 3.0 is a new & improved program that provides the training and tools needed to propel female and minority-owned patent law firms to the next level of success. This program includes free training & strategy classes, and will begin and conclude with live pitch sessions to a panel of in-house IP attorneys from leading corporations. The MFI 3.0 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 3.0 program is comprised of two comprehensive phases, that will take place over the course of several months through a combination of self-learning and live classes:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

How can my established firm benefit from this program?
The goal of the MFI 3.0 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 exact times are to be determined, the majority of the courses will be taught in evenings to accommodate everyone’s schedules. The MFI 3.0 program is a combination of self-learning (watching videos and completing assignments on your own timeline) and live lessons (conducted over video conference calls).

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 3.0  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 MFI 3.0 virtual program will begin January 9, 2024. The application window is now closed.

Applicant Requirements

> 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 equity partners/owners of a female or minority-owned patent law firm and accompanying leadership

Become a Panelist!

We are still accepting Pitch Panelists for the MFI 3.0 program, which launches in January 2024!

  • Pitch panelists attend virtual pitches, provide feedback, and award work to eligible firms
  • Hiring minority-owned firms is essential to their success, longevity, and impact on innovation and DEI in the fieldPitch Panel Time Commitment
    Pitch 1: 3-4 hours on 1/24/24 & 1/30/24
    Pitch 2: 3-4 hours on 5/7/24 & 5/14/24Contact us at incubator@harrityllp.com to get involved!

Become a Partner for 2024

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 incubator@harrityllp.com.

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