The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) sponsors state programs offering pro bono (free) help to inventors.  In Ohio, this offered by the Patent Pro Bono Program for Ohio hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The program encourages you to visit the USPTO website to learn about the program.  In Ohio, it is required that you complete an online training course in order to be considered for the program.  Please make sure that you download a copy of your certificate for your application.  If you have Flash blocked on your browser, you will need to enable it to see the training course.  If you have your browser set to ask for permission to use Flash, click on ‘allow’ to view the course.

There is no guarantee that you will receive pro bono assistance through the program.  Think about your idea and define it as the problem you are trying to solve and how you have solved it.  You can read further on what this means here. If you are trying to get a patent application on your idea, please make sure you are keeping the idea a secret or confidential.  You can do this by having a confidentiality or a non-disclosure agreement in place before you talk about your idea.

September 19, 2018

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