Despite making up over 20% of the United States population, Black women account for less than 2% of patent lawyers and agents. In fact, there are more practitioners named Michael than there are racially diverse women in the patent field. This is just one example of the lack of representation in patent law. We must work together to create foundational programs and opportunities that reduce socioeconomic barriers and provide all demographics with a clear path into the patent field.
Patent Pathways® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing barriers to equal opportunity in the patent bar through free, virtual education, practical exercises, and financial support. The goal is to transform the demographics of the patent bar to mirror that of our society by providing each participant with the tools needed to take and pass the patent bar exam, and begin their pathway into a career in patent law.
The generosity of our program partners and sponsors make this a possibility. Your support allows underrepresented individuals to partake in the program, register for the patent bar, and jumpstart their career without incurring the financial burden.
Patent Pathways® is an equal opportunity initiative and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, or any other protected class.
If you would like to receive more information about becoming a partner, contribute to this program, or volunteer your time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support this program by sharing this information with your professional network.