49312

Registered Patent Practitioners

1085

Racially Diverse Women Patent Practitioners

We’re excited to launch Patent Pathways, a Diversity & Inclusion Program dedicated to increasing numbers of registered African-American/Black women patent attorneys and agents. The first iteration launched in Summer 2022 with 20 participants. Our next group will have 50 participants and begin in June 2023. Future Patent Pathways will focus on other underrepresented demographics.

The Problem:

The estimated number of registered patent practitioners that are racially diverse women is 1,085 out of a total of 49,312 registered patent practitioners.*

The Goal:

Patent Pathways aims to register 20 African-American/Black women with the patent bar in the first year through this free program. Future Patent Pathways will focus on other underrepresented demographics. All patent bar expenses will be paid for each participant, and classes will occur in evenings to accommodate existing work and study schedules.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Now accepting applicants for Summer 2023!

Application review and interview process will commence in early 2023.

Not eligible for Patent Pathways, but looking for similar resources?

WHAT IS PATENT LAW?

Patent law is an aspect of intellectual property law and typically involves analyzing whether an invention qualifies for a patent, obtaining rights for patent protection through the patent application process, and enforcing patent rights against patent infringers.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS PROGRAM?

AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

Participants must have a Category A degree as defined by the USPTO.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THIS PROGRAM?

All classes will be held virtually and in the evenings, so that you can continue to work and/or study during the day and attend the program afterwards.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?


Thanks to the generosity of our program sponsors, Patent Pathways will be 100% free to program participants.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Interested in participating in Patent Pathways? Apply for our 2023 program!

THANK YOU PROGRAM PARTNERS, SPONSORS, INSTRUCTORS, MENTORS, AND COLLABORATORS!

Patent Pathways would not be possible without the generosity of the firms, organizations, and individuals who are involved. We are so appreciative of your support!

NOW ACCEPTING PROGRAM PARTNERS/SPONSORS

WE'RE LOOKING FOR MENTORS!

Are you a patent professional passionate about increasing diversity in the field? We want you to be a mentor for Patent Pathways!
 
We are currently looking for law firm mentors specializing in the following tech areas: Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and/or Nutritional Sciences.

GET INVOLVED

If you would like to receive more information about becoming a partner, contribute to this program, or volunteer your time, please contact us at info@patentpathways.org. You can also support this program by sharing this information with your professional network.