LaunchIP: Fort Wayne

Please join Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dr. Christal Sheppard, as the Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property Research in Bloomington launches two pro bono services aimed at helping Indiana independent inventors, non-profits, and small businesses.  The launch celebrates the opening of PatentConnect and the Intellectual Property Legal Clinic at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

  • The Intellectual Property Law Clinic provides a range of IP counseling services to clients judged to be in need of pro bono services.  The clinic is certified for both patents and trademarks under the USPTO's Law School Certification Pilot Project.
  • PatentConnect for Hoosiers links Indiana entrepreneurs with patent lawyers who have volunteered to provide pro bono patent prosecution services. 

Director Sheppard will discuss the role the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as discuss the many free services available at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office located in Detroit, Michigan.

This event is free to attend, however please RSVP by Friday, September 1, 2017 to Audrey Cyr at: or call 812-856-2028.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page.

For more information about the pro bono services provided, please visit their website.