Patent Pro Bono Program: Pathways to inclusive innovation

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Join our Patent Pro Bono Program event October 11 at 12:30 p.m. to learn how to access government resources for starting and maintaining a successful business. Leaders in the intellectual property (IP) and small-business community will share their stories and tips on how to protect your IP via patents and trademarks. See the event program

This event in Alexandria, Virginia — and also available online — welcomes all entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in learning more about succeeding in business, identifying and protecting intellectual property, securing options for funding, and expanding business networks.

The Patent Pro Bono Program is a collaboration between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and 20 independently-operated academic and nonprofit regional programs. The regional programs match financially underresourced inventors with patent practitioners in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can find out more about the Patent Pro Bono Program, the regional program in your area, and how to access pro bono resources at our Patent Pro Bono Program page. For questions, contact


Registration for this free event is now open. Register to attend in person or virtually here:

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Registration is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must register to attend. Registration will remain open until noon ET, October 11, 2023. The event will be held in the Clara Barton Auditorium at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters. The street address is 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

Note: Immediately following the USPTO’s portion of the event, the Pro Bono Advisory Council will be holding a follow-on program, which is also open to the public at no charge. A separate registration is required to attend the Pro Bono Advisory Council’s event.

Session information

Presentation: The slides and video presented at the event are found below:

Trademark basics
Patents Overview
Patent Pro Bono Program Overview
Law School Clinic Certification Program
Trademark Pro Bono
SBA Programs & Services
Testimonies on Pathways To Inclusive Innovation


Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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