Harrity & Harrity, LLP Announces Charitable Giving Initiative Harrity 4 Charity

Harrity & Harrity, LLP, has announced the launch of their charitable giving initiative, Harrity 4 Charity.

Harrity 4 Charity is an initiative that launched in July 2017 that represents a partnership between Harrity & Harrity and the American Heart Association, INOVA Children’s Hospital, Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer, and UNICEF.  Harrity & Harrity has pledged to donate 5% of profits to the partner charities, and 100% of the firm’s employees have pledged to donate a portion of their paychecks, as well. “We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can give back in such an extraordinary way,” says John Harrity, Managing Partner. “We couldn’t be more proud of our team and their commitment to helping others.”

These organizations were chosen by John Harrity, Paul Harrity, Sandra Maxey, and the Diversity Committee because each one was near and dear to their hearts.  The partners of Harrity & Harrity will also give the firm’s clients the opportunity to designate which charity they would like their portion of the firm’s profits to be donated.

Paul Harrity says of the initiative, “We see this as a way for us to make a difference in the world, and we hope other firms will do the same.”

Harrity & Harrity’s commitment to the community is manifested in other ways, as well.  The firm frequently volunteers time and in kind goods to benefit a number of charitable organizations, including Fairfax CASA, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Duke Cancer Institute, and JDRF.  In October 2017, they will host the Sixth Annual Harrity Race Against Heart Disease benefitting the American Heart Association.

To learn more about the Harrity 4 Charity initiative, please visit www.Harrity4Charity.com.  To register for the Sixth Annual Harrity Race Against Heart Disease, please visit www.harrityllp.com/harrityrace.

Harrity & Harrity is an IP boutique that has been specializing in the preparation and prosecution of electrical and mechanical patent applications since 1999.  Our services include patent preparation and patent prosecution, patent opinions, patent analytics, patent quality support, and patent preparation and patent prosecution training.

Kenneth Hartmann Joins Harrity & Harrity

Kenneth R. Hartmann II has joined the firm as an Associate. He brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the patent field. Ken specializes in patent preparation and patent prosecution of electrical, electromechanical, and software technologies. He also has experience in portfolio analysis, validity and invalidity analysis, infringement analysis, and clearance opinions.
Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, he worked in house at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He also worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Learn more about Ken and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.

IAM Patent 1000 2017 Recognizes Harrity & Harrity For Patent Prosecution

For the third year in a row, Harrity & Harrity has been named an IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Firm for Patent Prosecution.

Distinguished by the most exacting standards of quality, Harrity & Harrity is a prime pick for companies seeking to obtain patents that will stand the test of time and push their commercial agenda. Whether through training on the customer-facing aspects of legal practice or exploring innovative new approaches to data analytics, the set always goes the extra mile to exceed expectations. The architects of one of the most thorough second-attorney-review policies in the patent business and a uniform writing style that leaves no gaps while promoting efficiency, John Harrity and Paul Harrity are clever prosecution minds with a growing fan base among blue-chips. They have promoted a very proactive, team-oriented approach to account management, so customers can always get 100% attention from someone who knows their technology, business and portfolio.”

First Annual Harrity Diversity Summer Workshop Is A Great Success!

On May 22, 2017, Harrity & Harrity launched its first annual Diversity Summer Workshop. This program brought together undergraduates, law students, and recent graduates to learn about patent law. During this week long program, students attended presentations from Teresa Rea, Former Director of the USPTO, Courtney Holohan, Chief IP Counsel for Accenture, and Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel of Patents at Google. They also had to opportunity to attend patent-related presentations from our Partners and Associates, and participate in hands-on training in drafting patent applications and responding to office actions.

Chief Diversity Officer, Sandra Maxey, says of the workshop, “This week was an incredible success and we hope to start looking for participants for our 2018 workshop soon to help diverse students with an interest in the patent field gain the skills to succeed as private practice attorneys, patent examiners, and in-house counsel.”

To learn more about the Diversity Summer Workshop and how to apply, click HERE.

Imran Hossain Selected as the 2nd Annual Harrity 1L Diversity Fellow

Harrity & Harrity is pleased to announce that Imran Hossain has been selected as the 2017 1L Diversity Fellow. Imran earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and is working towards his Juris Doctor at Boston College Law School.

As a Diversity Fellow, Imran will receive mentoring from both associates and partners, a scholarship, and summer clerkship from mid-May until July.

Learn more about our Diversity Fellowship Program HERE.

Elaine Spector Joins Harrity & Harrity

Harrity & Harrity is excited to welcome Elaine Spector to our firm as Counsel. Elaine has more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, and her practice consists primarily of patent prosecution in electromechanical technologies. Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, she worked in private practice for nearly 15 years, and most recently she worked in-house for 6 years at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.

Learn more about Elaine and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.

Kevin Pickens Joins Harrity & Harrity Team as Of Counsel

Kevin Pickens has joined the Harrity & Harrity team as Of Counsel. He has more than 20 years of experience in patent law both preparing and prosecuting patents, managing patent portfolios, and advising on IP issues. Kevin primarily works with electronics and computer technologies.

Prior to Harrity & Harrity, Kevin worked as a patent attorney, IP counsel, and patent operations manager at Motorola, where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, advised on IP issues, and managed patent portfolios.

After Motorola, Kevin served as patent counsel for Apriva, where he developed the patent portfolio and created patent processes and tools for a growing company.

To learn more about Kevin and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team, click HERE.

Jan Little-Washington Joins the Firm

Harrity & Harrity is excited to announce that Jan Little-Washington has joined our team as Of Counsel. Jan has more than 18 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, for electrical and computer technologies.

Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, Jan practiced law for over 18 years with law firms based in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington.  She has worked with developers, engineers, business leaders, in-house counsel, and university technology transfer professionals to identify methods of protecting intellectual property created from software, hardware, business methods, and internet related products and services.

Learn more about Jan and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team HERE.

Eli Mazour Hosts Webinar on Patent Eligibility

On April 19, Eli Mazour presented during a webinar titled “Patent Eligibility: Navigating the Supreme Court’s 2016 Decisions and Its Impacts,” hosted by The Knowledge Group.  Eli’s presentation focused on practical patent preparation and prosecution strategies for dealing with trends related to patent eligibility and the The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for business, software, and high-tech related inventions.
Eli is an active member of the IP community, frequently publishing articles and participating in panels discussing preparation and prosecution.
For over 10 years, The Knowledge Group has produced thousands of best in class educational webcasts for a variety of industries and professions including legal, tax, accounting, finance, human resources, risk/compliance, and many others.

Click HERE to purchase a recording.

Neil Kardos Named Senior Associate

Harrity & Harrity is pleased to announce that Neil Kardos has been named a Senior Associate of the Firm. Neil has been with the firm since 2012. John Harrity, Managing Partner, says of Neil, “Neil is one of the best and brightest attorneys I have ever met. He goes above and beyond what’s expected from an associate. He not only produces some of the highest quality patent applications in our field, but also is vital to my firm’s recruiting, business development, training, and innovation initiatives. Neil’s promotion was well deserved.”

To learn more about Neil and the rest of the Harrity & Harrity team, click HERE.

Thomas Keating Joins Harrity & Harrity as an Associate

July 5, 2016 – Thomas Keating joins Harrity & Harrity as an associate.

pic_thomas-keatingTom has over ten years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, having worked for several Midwest-based general practice firms. In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Tom has substantial experience with IP litigation, patentability and freedom to operate opinions, IP contracts and licensing, trademarks, and copyrights.

Tom has worked on a wide range of technologies in the software, electrical, medical device, material science, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology spaces.

Learn more about Tom and the rest of the Harrity Team HERE.

Harrity Participates in Annual “Lawyers Have Heart” 10K Race

Harrity Participates in Annual Lawyers Have Heart 10k Race

The Harrity Team participates in an event to raise money for Lawyers Have Heart

June 13, 2016 – Since 2001, Harrity & Harrity, LLP has participated in the“Lawyers Have Heart” 10K race toraise money
for the American Heart Association. The “Lawyers Have Heart” 10K race is conducting its 25th annual race this year.

 

To learn more about the American Heart Association click HERE.

To donate to the American Heart Association click HERE.

Harrity Recognized by IAM Patent 1000 2016

Harrity & Harrity, LLP has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as one of the world’s leading patent firms in patent prosecution for the second consecutive year.

“Harrity & Harrity is a go-to when it comes to having high-quality patent applications drafted and pending applications prosecuted efficiently. It employs a uniform writing style for applications and responses that is well thought out, and tried and tested at the USPTO – it makes for clearly written, well-organised applications that robustly cover the most important aspects of any invention. It also reduces any rejections that could be attributed to an examiner’s lack of understanding of the invention. The team is very proactive in conducting interviews with examiners, which helps to expedite the allowance of cases. It can quickly and proficiently perform intelligence analyses, which provide real insights into what competitors are doing and how you stack up against them; with this sort of information, you can refine your patenting efforts to best protect your most important technologies.” “One of John Harrity’s strongest attributes is his fast turnaround time on any piece of work – you never have to pester him as to where a matter stands in terms of completion. In fact, he routinely delivers ahead of schedule, while keeping the quality at a very high level. His squad doesn’t have any weak attorneys from a skill set standpoint – they are all easy to deal with and very clear communicators.” “Paul Harrity goes above and beyond of his own volition and is very sharp at tracking examiner behaviour, so he can make informed recommendations about how best to proceed. He is absolutely stringent about quality and is very dedicated.” “We consistently get high praise from our inventor community for what he does,” adds one respondent.

Click HERE to see Harrity & Harrity’s listing on the 2016 IAM Patent 1000 list.

Paul Gurzo Conducts Webinar: “How to Develop Cost Effective & Winning Prosecution Strategies”

May 13, 2016 – Paul Gurzo, Harrity & Harrity Partner, was part of a panel of speakers that discussed how to develop cost effective and winning preparation and prosecution strategies.

Paul frequently speaks on different areas of patent practice, with a focus on strategically preparing and prosecuting applications, and ways companies can maximize the value of their portfolios.

For over 10 years, The Knowledge Group has produced thousands of best in class educational webcasts for a variety of industries and professions including legal, tax, accounting, finance, human resources, risk/compliance, and many others.

Click HERE to order recording of the webinar.

IPO Education Foundation Girl Scout IP Patch Event

May 7, 2016 – Harrity & Harrity had a wonderful time hosting
a booth at the IPO Education Foundation Girl Scout IP Patch Event at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The patch curriculum was developed jointly by IPO Education Foundation (IPOEF), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Girl Scout Counsel of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC). Patches were presented by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee at a ceremony at the Langdon Education Campus.

Watch the video below to highlights of this great event!

John Harrity Receives Client Choice Award

February 10, 2016 – John Harrity receives Client Choice Award in London, England.

Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel.

The Client Choice website is a fully searchable online resource, listing partners and law firms that have been recognized by their clients for the quality of their service, and includes quotes from satisfied customers in the ‘What clients said’ section. Our extensive research has been specially designed to assist clients in finding the best lawyers for client service worldwide, and to facilitate referrals between client service-focused law firms.

To learn more about Client Choice, visit www.clientchoice.com/

Kris Rhu Joins Harrity as an Associate

January 4, 2016 – Kris Rhu joins Harrity & Harrity as an associate.

pic_krisPrior to joining Harrity & Harrity, LLP, Kris was a Primary Patent Examiner at the USPTO, where he examined patent applications directed to electrical and computer technologies, including input/output interfaces and devices, computer memory, computer networking, processors, and software development. Kris also worked at the Patent and Trial Appeals Board helping Administrative Patent Judges write opinions for Ex Parte Appeals. While working full-time at the USPTO, Kris attended The George Washington University National Law Center.

Click HERE to learn more about Kris Rhu and the rest of our team.

Paul Gurzo Becomes a Partner of the Firm

January 1, 2016 – Paul Gurzo becomes a partner at the firm. For more than 14 years, Paul Gurzo’s work has been successful in client counseling, and preparing and prosecuting patent applications. Paul’s career has encompassed domestic and foreign patent applications at all stages of prosecution. Paul focuses his practice on electrical and electromechanical technologies, including telecommunications, computer hardware and software, computer networking, optical systems, internet-related systems, and business methods.

Paul has extensive experience preparing all types of opinions involving diverse technologies as well as performing portfolio analysis and counseling clients with respect to building their portfolios.

In practice, clients look to Paul because he is knowledgeable, responsive, and attentive to their needs. He uses strategic thinking when looking forward to future challenges coming their way. Paul is a great asset to the Harrity and Harrity team and finds fulfillment in helping the firm grow.

Click HERE To learn more about Paul Gurzo and his practice.