The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new charter agreement placing the continued success of regional pro bono programs in the hands of a newly-formed advisory council. More than 30 representatives from regional inventor assistance programs, major intellectual property (IP) law associations and IP law school programs participated in a ceremonial signing with Chief Judge Randall Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on October 25, 2013.
Under Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO is required 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.” Currently there are seven regional programs covering more than 20 states offering pro bono assistance to inventors and small businesses. The USPTO hopes to see regional pro bono programs covering all 50 states by early 2015.
I believe that this will help many TVC entrepreneur clients. I would encourage all inventors and small businesses to take advantage of this program. www.uspto.gov/inventors/proseprobono.
For New Mexico see:
Patent attorneys and agents
Registered Patent Attorneys/Agents in New Mexico
Patent and Trademark Resource Center
Centennial Science and Engineering Library, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
New Mexico Inventors Club
P.O. Drawer 1508
Sante Fe NM 87504-1508