AIPLA/USPTO Women Entrepreneur Mentoring Program

March 13 to June 30, 2024


The USPTO and AIPLA partnered to provide mentorship to AIPLA members and participants of the USPTO's Empowering Women's Entrepreneurship - a community-focused, collaborative, and creative initiative to encourage and empower more women founders across America. The program included three webinars and one concluding networking event, on March 13, March 20, April 11, and May 8, focusing on Intellectual Property law topics, advice from AIPLA's women entrepreneurs, and the opportunity to participate in a mentoring group of women with varying skills and experiences.

Miss a session?  View the recordings here:

Webinar 1 Recording:  Patents and Trade Secrets
Webinar 1 Resources: IP_Checklist_for_Startups

Webinar 2 Recording: Copyright/Trademark
Webinar 2 Resources: Presentation Slides

Webinar 3 Recording: Women Tell All

Mentoring Clusters

AIPLA is organizing mentoring clusters to offer mentorship to mentees identified through the USPTO’s Women Entrepreneur Initiative (a cluster is a group of 3-4 people, including both mentors and mentees).Apply here if you’d like to participate as a mentor.




  • Karpinia, Randi square 200 Karpinia, Randi L.

    Sagacity Legal, PLLC | Founder

    Randi Karpinia, founder of Sagacity Legal PLLC, helps small business and entrepreneurs minimize their legal risks. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Karpinia is a recognized expert in all aspects of business legal management with a focus on intellectual property, legal operations, and online legal protection. Ms. Karpinia’s credentials include a B.E.E, with honors, from Georgia Institute of Technology; a M.E.E. from Florida Atlantic University; and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Karpinia is admitted to practice law in Florida and before the USPTO and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer.
  • Anderson-Maria-01-WEB 2015-08-01 Anderson, Maria

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    Ms. Anderson joined the firm as a partner in the Seattle office in January 2008. Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in comprehensive, strategic client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property. She has been very active in the prosecution of patent applications in the computer science and ecommerce fields since 1993.
  • Herman Photo Herman, Michele

    JusTech Law, PLLC | Founder

    Michele’s practice at JusTech Law focuses exclusively on legal and business issues affecting technology development and commercialization such as technology standards, open source software, and intellectual property transactions.
  • Sullivan, Kelu

    Kelly IP, LLP | Of Counsel

    Kelu Sullivan is a skilled trademark and copyright lawyer who focuses on providing practical and realistic advice to help clients make strategic decisions in sync with their business goals.
  • Lord, Miriam

    US Copyright Office | Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education

    Miriam Lord is the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education for the United States Copyright Office. Lord oversees the Office of Public Information and Education (PIE), which provides authoritative information about copyright law to the public, implements the Office’s communications plan, publishes comprehensive written and audiovisual materials, develops education and outreach programs and strategic collaborations, and responds to public inquiries about Office policies and practices. She is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisors to the Register of Copyrights.
  • Bald, Stephanie

    Kelly IP | Partner

    Stephanie Bald focuses her practice on trademark litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. She represents clients in federal courts across the country and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She also handles domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and has significant experience managing global trademark portfolios and advising clients on the selection, use, registration, enforcement, and licensing of trademarks.
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