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USPTO Offers Certificate for Patent Pro Bono Service

  • 30 Jun 2017
  • USPTO Silicon Valley

USPTO Offers Certificate
for Patent Pro Bono Service

The USPTO announces a patent pro bono certificated program to recognize practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of patent pro bono service to their local pro bono program during the calendar year 2017. The personalized certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. In addition, the names of the practitioners will be posted on the USPTO website. SVIPLA hopes that you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications. Matches are made by local USPTO patent pro bono programs. The local programs screen applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income; (2) knowledge of the patent system, and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea). SVIPLA participants can volunteer through the California Inventors Assistance Program (please note that California State Bar registration is required).

You can also contact the regional program administrator, Bob Pimm, at bob.pimm@calawyersforthearts.org.

Please see www.uspto.gov/probonopatents for more information.

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