Patent Pathways (a 501(c)(3)) is a virtual program that focuses on helping the least represented demographic in patent law, Black women, by aiming to register participants with the patent bar and matching them up with mentors and job offers over the course of just one year. The entire program, including patent bar preparation and exam fees, is free to participants thanks to the generosity of Patent Pathways™ sponsors, partners, mentors, and volunteers.
Harrity’s Elaine Spector was joined by panelists Rosa Walker (Pillsbury Law), Mehul Shah (Juniper) and Heather Molleur (Micron) to discuss the program and the multiple opportunities for patent law firms to work alongside each other to make a difference in this one of a kind program.
Webinar topics included a summary of the current demographics of patent law, what Patent Pathways™ is doing to improve diversity in the patent field, the benefits of joining Patent Pathways™, and the many ways you can get involved.
It included a discussion on the scarcity of patent agents and attorneys, a challenge that the Patent Pathways program aims to address. The program, which is gaining significant traction, offers a low-cost way for firms to get involved, interact with potential clients, and contribute to workforce diversity. The speakers stressed that patent practice isn’t just about credentials and technical experience, but also about diverse experiences that contribute to quality work.
Patent Pathways™ is able cover the costs associated with participants taking the PLI course and sitting for the patent bar through our non-profit donations and volunteers.
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