Elaine Spector is a patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law.  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 also a Board Member at No More Stolen Childhoods.




Phone: 571-432-0800

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University of Baltimore School of Law
(J.D.) – 1996

University of Maryland, College Park
(B.S. Mechanical Engineering) – 1993


United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
District of Columbia


AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee – Chair of the Global Networking Event
AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee – Chair of the Outreach Committee
AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee – Executive Team Member
Harrity Diversity Committee – Chair
IPO Diversity Committee – Management Team


Author. “Working From Home: A Game Changer,” (September 2018).

Author. “Case Summary of Vanda Pharma v. West-Ward Pharma,” (May 2018).

Case Note, “Blood Pressure Medication Patent Found Obvious in Light of Prior Art,” Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2006-2008, ABA Publications (2009).

Case Note, “Pharmaceutical Patent Held Not Obvious Under Flexible Teaching-Suggestion-Motivation (TSM Test),” Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2006-2008, ABA Publications (2009).

Case Note, “The Protection of Color as a Trademark: A Review of Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Products Co.,” 3 U.Balt.Intell.Prop.L.J. 103 (1994).


Guest Speaker, “Bridging the Gender Gap in IP with Attorney Elaine Spector,” IP Breakfast Podcast, November 2020.

Panelist, “Start Your Path to Successful Career in Intellectual Property” Webinar, Presented by Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s Outreach Subcommittee, July 2020.

Panelist, “Work/Family Balance: Views from the Trenches,” Women in IP Law Committee Meeting, AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 2008.