Law School Clinic Program
Law schools participating in the USPTO's law school clinic program provide their services on a pro-bono basis to those that qualify. Each school has its own criteria for accepting clients. Please contact the school to inquire about becoming a client.
University of Connecticut School of Law (patents and trademarks): firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro Bono Patent Representation
The Pro Bono Program is an outcome of the which encouraged the USPTO to "work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses."
The program’s main goal is to provide application drafting services for those innovators who believe they have a novel invention but have not yet filed for a patent. Additionally, those who have filed for provisional applications or have filed a non-provisional application but have not yet received an office action may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
If you are seeking representation for your invention and believe that you qualify for services, please contact the Art Law Line at 212-319-2787 ext. 1.
If you have specific questions or inquiries, please send your inquiries to email@example.com.
Some colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations offer resources, guidance, and assistance for entrepreneurs.
Inventors' support groups can be valuable networking opportunities:
Some individuals and organizations that are not registered advertise their services in the fields of patent searching and invention marketing and development. Such individuals and organizations cannot represent inventors before the USPTO. They are not subject to USPTO discipline, but the USPTO does provide a public forum where complaints and responses concerning invention promoters/promotion firms are published.