Take the Life Sciences Pledge

The urgency to address diversity and inclusion in the patent field remains, as does the need for organizations to sign the pledge. One of the key issues the pledge aims to rectify is the exclusion of capable individuals who may not have advanced degrees in life sciences. We believe that a bachelor’s degree, combined with relevant experience, can be sufficient for a successful career in patent law. By signing the pledge, you join us in challenging the status quo and opening doors for a more diverse set of professionals.

The Patent Law Firm Pledge is a commitment to:

  1. Rethink Qualifications: To broaden the talent pool by focusing on skills and experience rather than limiting factors like advanced degrees in life sciences.
  2. Promote Inclusivity: To create an environment where everyone, irrespective of their background, feels welcomed and valued.
  3. Support Growth and Development: To offer mentorship and opportunities to all aspiring patent professionals.
  4. Encourage Transparency and Accountability: To regularly review and report on progress toward achieving these goals.

If your organization is ready to make a pledge for inclusion, we encourage you to review and sign the below Patent Law Firm Diversity Pledge. Your support is crucial in fostering a more inclusive and dynamic patent law community.

If you would like additional information regarding the pledge, or to set up a call to discuss with a member of our Employment & Inclusion Committee, please contact info@patentpathways.org.

The Patent Law Firm Life Sciences Pledge

We, the undersigned, recognize the vital role diversity plays in innovation and the advancement of intellectual property law. As leaders in the patent law community, we commit to fostering an inclusive environment that truly reflects the world in which we live and operate.

Understanding the Issue: We acknowledge that the requirement for advanced degrees, particularly PhDs in the life sciences, has been a barrier to entry for many capable individuals. This limitation does not always align with the needs or preferences of the companies we serve and can inadvertently limit the pool of talent and perspectives in our field.

Commitment to Change: Therefore, we pledge to:

  1. Rethink Qualifications: Assess and, where appropriate, adjust hiring practices to focus on skills, experience, and potential rather than strict adherence to specific educational credentials. We commit to extending opportunities to individuals who may lack an advanced degree in the life sciences, recognizing that a bachelor’s degree, combined with relevant experience and abilities, can be sufficient for a thriving career in patent law. By embracing this broader perspective on qualifications, we aim to eliminate unnecessary barriers and cultivate a richer talent pool within our profession.
  2. Promote Inclusivity: Implement initiatives that ensure the active engagement and contribution of all individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Emphasize an environment where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and valued, acknowledging their unique perspectives and fostering a sense of belonging within the organization.
  3. Support Growth and Development: Offer support, mentorship, and development opportunities to all aspiring patent professionals, irrespective of their educational background, allowing for a fair and equal pathway to success within our firms.
  4. Transparency and Accountability: Regularly review and report on our progress toward these goals to ensure ongoing alignment and dedication to this critical mission.

We call on our peers in the patent law community and the companies that depend on our services to join us in this pledge. Together, we can break down barriers, cultivate a more inclusive and dynamic field, and in doing so, enrich the practice of patent law for the betterment of all.

Support for the Patent Law Firm Pledge

This Patent Law Firm Pledge is supported by the following individuals, who recognize and endorse our shared commitment to rethinking qualifications and fostering greater inclusivity within the patent law profession. Together, we strive to build a more inclusive and innovative future.

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Organizations Who Have Signed the Pledge

Harrity & Harrity, LLP