Intro to the USPTO Pro Bono Program


Part 1 of Patent Pro Bono Program Series

Published on Jun 06, 2018

Inventors and small business may qualify for free legal help in applying for a patent or to protect an invention.

 


Patent Pro Bono Program Series

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Welcome to this introduction

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to the USPTO’s

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Patent Pro Bono Program.

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The Patent Pro Bono program is designed to
help inventors and small businesses with limited

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resources that need legal help in applying
for a patent to protect an invention.

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In this video, we will explain how the program
assists qualified applicants by matching them

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with a patent lawyer who will waive attorney
fees and help them file and process a patent

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application.

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Some of the key features in this presentation
are:

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• A look at how the program is structured
with different regional programs covering

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specific states and what services the programs
in general provide;

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• An explanation of the requirements for
an inventor to qualify for Pro Bono assistance

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in the program;
• A tutorial of how an inventor may apply

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to participate in a program to receive free
legal help; and

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• A review for patent attorneys on how to
volunteer their services.

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• The historical background that led to
the program’s development, from its inception

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in American Invents Act in 2011 to its expansion
through a White House Executive Act in 2013;

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By the end of the presentations you will have
an understanding of the Pro Bono program and

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how to find more information on the USPTO
pro bono website or on the individual regional

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programs themselves.