Patent Pro Bono Program

Under the “America Invents Act,” the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established a new pro bono program designed to assist financially under-resourced, independent inventors and small businesses. The program strives to match inventors with volunteer attorneys who donate their services to help file patent applications. The IP Venture Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law was selected to administer the program throughout Ohio.

To learn more about the program, apply for services, or register as a volunteer attorney, please see the information below.

Information for Investors

The purpose of the Patent Pro Bono Program is to match eligible inventors in Ohio with volunteer attorneys who donate their services to help file patent applications. Whether or not an inventor is ultimately matched with a volunteer attorney depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to the inventor’s income, the patentability of the invention, and the availability of volunteer attorneys. Unfortunately, we cannot assist all applicants.

If you are an Ohio resident with a promising invention who wants to apply for legal assistance through the Patent Pro Bono Program, please take the following steps:

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at ipvc@case.edu.

Information for Volunteer Attorneys

The Patent Pro Bono Program for Ohio is looking for licensed patent attorneys in Ohio who are interested in donating their services to help under-resourced inventors file patent applications with the USPTO.

If you are willing to consider pro bono referrals from the program, please register as a volunteer attorney. All referrals will be well vetted to ensure a reasonable level of client responsibility and potential patentability.

More information about the Patent Pro Bono Program can be found on the USPTO's website.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at ipvc@case.edu.