The Florida Patent Pro Bono Program

PATENT PRO BONO PROGRAM

The Florida Institute is pleased to present the Florida Patent Pro Bono Program that will facilitate the placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the pro bono legal assistance of a patent agent or attorney. Launched by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011, the Patent Pro Bono Program is currently being offered in all 50 states. Regional program administrators match inventors who qualify based on income threshold, residency and other requirements with local patent agents or attorneys licensed to practice before the USPTO.

The program goals are to promote entrepreneurship, job growth and economic development through innovation. Once accepted, qualified applicants may expect exposure to intellectual property experts, support in certain aspects of the patent application process, and partnership opportunities to enhance business development. Participating licensed patent agents or attorneys will provide initial U.S. patent filing support, and aid in responses to Office Actions from the USPTO.

The program is open to individual inventors who, and/or small businesses that meet certain income thresholds, published annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Placement with a volunteer patent agent or attorney remains within the sole discretion of the program administrator. All information provided will be treated as confidential. 

  • INVENTORS: Click HERE to learn more about the program and complete the application.
  • PATENT AGENTS OR ATTORNEYS: Click HERE to learn more about the program and complete the form to participate. 

Program Highlights

The Florida Patent Pro Bono Program recently held a series of  launch events in Miami and Tampa. See highlights from the Miami launch event at eMerge Americas below.  

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