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2023-2024 ADAPT Mentorship application has closed! We are thrilled to see so many applicants from all over the country and look forward to announce our the 2023 cohort soon. If you are interested in working with ADAPT as a future mentee, please stay tuned for future program announcements.
November 15, 2022
February 15, 2023
December 31, 2023
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 provide mentees the opportunity to meet with mentors from each of the founding member companies to learn about different careers in IP. The program will also involve special sessions with partner law firms.
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.
Why is Diversity in the Field of Intellectual Property Important?
Nearly all businesses have some intellectual property, whether registered or unregistered, and it is often the most valuable asset they own. In today’s global economy, companies are operated by and serve many different types of people. As IP professionals, it’s important that we represent the diversity of our communities and the clients we serve. Through this Program, we hope to inspire, mentor and nurture the next generation of intellectual property leaders to help bring diverse perspectives to companies that are innovating the way we live.