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  • Pro Bono Certification Form Announcement

The USPTO Patent Pro Bono Team is pleased to announce the availability of Form AIA/440.  This Form certifies that a patent application was filed pro bono.  Including Form AIA/440 when filing a patent application will help the USPTO better track application filing data for financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses. 

Form AIA/440 is available in the Electronic Filing System (EFS).  It is also located under “Miscellaneous Forms” on the USPTO forms page at

Use of Form AIA/440 is encouraged. However, filing Form AIA/440 is voluntary and should only be done after consultation with the pro bono client.  Please email any questions regarding Form AIA/440 to


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