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Application to the 2023-2024 ADAPT mentorship student application is now open!

Please apply here.

Application Opens

November 15, 2022

Application Closes

January 15, 2023

Mentorship Conclude

December 31, 2023

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We invite talented, diverse students with an interest in intellectual property law to apply for the inaugural ADAPT (Advancing Diversity Across Patent Teams) Mentorship Program.  This program seeks to identify, and mentor undergraduate students with an interest in intellectual property law (patent, trademark, and copyright law) who will make our  profession more diverse.  The purpose of the program is to cultivate the next generation of diverse legal talent and provide exposure to all areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, prosecution, transactions, and brand protection.

What is the program?

The yearlong program will allow mentees the opportunity to rotate between each of the founding member and engage with multiple teams.  The program will also involve special sessions with partner law firms and provide mentorship with attorneys.

Who’s involved?

ADAPT is a joint effort between the following founding members: Amazon, Cruise, Disney, Google, Meta, and Microsoft, and is supported by the LOT Network.  Each of the founding members have businesses with robust intellectual property portfolios, which require specialist legal teams to maintain, protect, enforce, and defend their rights.  Through ADAPT, they seek to work together to address the shortage of diverse legal talent in intellectual property law and to provide opportunities to exceptional candidates.

Are you the right fit?

Do you value diversity, have a thirst for knowledge, and have a passion for problem solving?  We’re looking for candidates with a creative mindset, a collaborative mentality, and who are interested in exploring a potential career in intellectual property law. Currently, the ADAPT Mentorship Program is targeting science and engineering majors who are eligible to become patent attorneys.

How do I apply?

If you’re looking to seriously explore the legal field, obtain personalized mentorship, and gain insider-level exposure to some of the world’s top companies and law firms, the application will open soon!

Why is there a need for the ADAPT Mentorship Program?

Patent law poses unique barriers to entry because a science and/or engineering undergraduate degree is required for an individual to be eligible to take the patent bar, which is a separate requirement for patent attorneys and patent agents.  According to the American Bar Association, only 22% of registered patent attorneys and patent agents are women, only 6.5% of registered patent attorneys and patent agents are racially diverse, and only 1.7% of registered patent attorneys and patent agents are racially diverse women.  As such, the pipeline for future patent attorneys and patent agents rapidly narrows as early as the college level.