Patent Bootcamp for Women and Minorities in STEM

University of Arkansas School of Law, E.J. Ball Courtroom

Friday, September 13, 2019
8:30am - 5:15pm


Up to seven hours of general Continuing Legal Education credit will be available through this event (pending approval), and is offered free of charge.

Lunch will be provided.


Please visit the registration page to register.


A one-day bootcamp for women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the basics of patent law and the patent application process.


  • to shed light on the acute "innovation gap" and patenting gap in Arkansas
  • to equip women and minorities in STEM with basic knowledge of U.S. patent law
  • to guide participants through the patent application process
  • to encourage participants to proactively protect their rights
  • empower participants with tools that they need to guard their innovation against theft and exploitation


  • to identify and discuss the challenges women/minorities/indigenous communities face with protecting their innovation
  • to provide training about the U.S. patent system and the patenting process
  • to discuss recent efforts to overcome the gender and race gap in the U.S. patent system. Although the focus of the bootcamp is on patents and the patent process, alternatives to patent (e.g. trade secrets) will be addressed.


  • The A-Z of Patent Law
  • Patent Application: The Nuts and Bolts
  • Trade Secrets vs. Patents: Options for Startups
  • Women/Minorities and the Patent System: Past, Present, and Future
  • Patenting Overseas: Options and Challenges
  • The Risks and Rewards of the Patent Application Process.

Although the primary target audience are women and minorities in STEM programs at the University of Arkansas, the bootcamp is open to entrepreneurs/innovators throughout Northwest Arkansas and beyond, including members of indigenous communities in the area with proprietary traditional knowledge.


Parking will be on campus. Visit the university parking map or the visitor parking guide for additional details. The university has four parking garages on campus that charge an hourly rate: Garland Avenue Parking Garage, Stadium Drive Parking Garage, Harmon Avenue Parking Garage and Meadow Street Parking Garage. The university parking map indicates the garage locations.


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