Calling All Inventors: You may qualify for pro bono patent assistance.

What does “pro bono” mean? It’s fancy, law school lingo for “free.” šŸ™‚

Have you invented the next best thing or process? Do you have an idea that could be monetized into valuable intellectual property?

Protecting your intellectual property is an important part of your business strategy.

As of this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeĀ (USPTO)Ā has launchedĀ pro bono legal patent assistance in Washington and Idaho.

This new pro bono programĀ facilitates the placement of under-resourced inventors seeking advice about the patent process with volunteer attorneys who are qualified to practice before the USPTO.

The Washington pro bono patent program is based out of the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. In addition to legal assistance, the UW is also home to the USPTO Patent and Trademark Resource Centerwhere inventors can get free patent research assistance.

For more information on the new UW pro bono patent program, you can email


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