The USPTO just recognized more than 100 patent practitioners for volunteering 50 or more hours on patent pro bono programs in 2020. Also, over 25 law firms were recognized for their participation in the program. Each practitioner and law firm recognized received certificates signed by Acting Commissioner for Patents, Andrew Faile, and Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Will Covey. In addition, certificate recipients are listed on the USPTO website if they so choose. The PTO would like to be able to recognize members of your organization next year.
The USPTO is seeking additional volunteers for the Patent Pro Bono Program to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses engage in our innovation economy. Patent practitioners can volunteer through their local patent pro bono program. Please see here for more information on how to volunteer. The local program screens applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income; (2) knowledge of the patent system; and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea) to ensure that each inventor or small business is a good candidate for assistance.
Continuing legal education credits may be available.