How to volunteer

Are you an attorney who is interested in providing pro bono services for eligible inventors? If so, you may volunteer by applying directly with the regional Patent Pro Bono Program in the state or region in which you practice (see Patent Pro Bono program and select the appropriate state).


The USPTO recognizes that patent professionals are oftentimes engaged in a very busy practice assisting paying clients with their intellectual property need. That makes the commitment of the volunteers in this program all the more meaningful. The USPTO is grateful to all those who have dedicated their professional expertise to making the Patent Pro Bono Program a success!

Also, the USPTO is proud to announce a USPTO Patent Pro Bono Service Certificate (see sample below). The Certificate will be issued annually to registered patent practitioners who have contributed at least 50 hours of pro bono service through one of the regional patent pro bono programs. The registered practitioners will have the option of having their names displayed here.

Sample patent pro bono certificate

Best practices handbook

Patent lawyers Amy Salmela and Mark Privratsky authored Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practice Guide

Video - A Best Practice Guide