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USPTO announces recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

April 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals and law firms who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses.

In 2019, more than 74 volunteer patent practitioners reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program, and more than 27 law firms reported 100 or more hours. To acknowledge their contributions, the USPTO provided certificates to the patent practitioners and law firms and listed their names on the Patent Pro Bono Program webpage.

“I want to congratulate all of the recipients for their dedication and their time, as well as for their commitment to help under-resourced inventors and small businesses,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu.

Together, the patent practitioner and law firm certificates recognize the continued efforts of those who have improved access to the Pro Bono program across all 50 states. The program has been in place since 2015. To date, over 1600 patent professionals have volunteered their time and resources to help make the Patent Pro Bono Program a success.

For more information on participating, visit the Patent Pro Bono Program webpage and click on your state to identify your regional program, or email probono@uspto.gov.

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2019 Certificate Recipients

Recipient City and State Firm/Company
Benjamin A. Kimes Palo Alto, CA Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Matthew Harvey Boise, ID Holland & Hart LLP
Christopher Ainscough Denver, CO Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Shane Capps Denver, CO Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Kevin Duffy Denver, CO Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Robert O’Loughlin Denver, CO Faegre Baker Daniels
Kathryn Warner Denver, CO Faegre Baker Daniels
Steven Wiemer Denver, CO Faegre Baker Daniels
Gordon Lindeen Denver, CO Hall Estill
Rachel Carnaggio Denver, CO Holland & Hart
Jake Divkovic Salt Lake City, UT Holland & Hart
Patrick Sandoval Boulder, CO Holland & Hart
Torrey Spink Denver, CO Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Aaron Swehla Denver, CO Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Suzanne Walts Denver, CO Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Evelyn Zhao Denver, CO Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kevin O. Grange Centerville, UT Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Sam Noel Centerville, UT Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Spencer Thevenin Centerville, UT Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Tiffany Parcher Boulder, CO Medtronic
Michael Carey Golden, CO Polaris IP
Joshua Pranckun Denver, CO Polsinelli
Jeremy Barton Salt Lake City, UT Stoel Rives LLP
Jessica H. Fross Mentor, OH City of Mentor
Mark C. Guinto Cleveland, OH McDonald Hopkins
Liza J.M. Heinig Cleveland, OH Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino
Bryan L. Baysinger Atlanta, GA Baysinger Legal, LLC
Clinton J. King Atlanta, GA Thompson Hine LLP
Dr. Jospeh Bennett-Paris Atlanta, GA Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Michael Mehrman Atlanta, GA Mehrman Law Office, PC
Kenneth C. Bruley Atlanta, GA Nelson Mullins
Jonathan P. Hummel Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Jonas Jarvholm Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Benjamin D. Kirk Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Michele A. Kliem Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Spencer P. Mead Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Sandra Sciascia-Zirger Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Charley F. Brown Atlanta, GA Ballard Spahr
Christopher Mann Atlanta, GA Eversheds Sutherland
Christopher Wright Atlanta, GA Fish & Richardson
Thomas Wiseman Atlanta, GA Smith, Gambrell & Russel
Christopher Lightner Atlanta, GA Alston & Bird
Tyler McKendrick Atlanta, GA Alston & Bird
Thomas Richard Parker II Atlanta, GA Alston & Bird
Franco S. De Liguori, J.D. Tampa, FL IP KONCEPTS
John Chionchio Philadelphia, PA Ballard Spahr
Patrick Brady Philadelphia, PA Ballard Spahr
Joyce Sanyour Philadelphia, PA Sanyour Consulting
Stephen Kenny Boston, MA Foley Hoag
Roger Rozanski Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Anna Onley Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Tim Lohse East Palo Alto, CA DLA Piper
Aeraj Haque Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Travis Simmons Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Genna Hibbs Woodstock, IL Hibbs Law
Joaquin Hernandez Miami, FL Duane Morris, LLP
Emily Sandhaus Chicago, IL Nixon Peabody
Paul Holly Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Michael Harlin Chicago, IL Neal Gerber & Eisenberg
Kyle Yie Chicago, IL Faegre Baker Daniels
Mark Russell Chicago, IL Duane Morris, LLP
Andrew Doyle Chicago, IL Vedder Price
Michael Jespersen Detroit, MI Foley & Lardner
Jonathan Easter Chicago, IL Foley & Lardner
Oliver Yang Chicago, IL Vitaley, Vickrey Niro & Gasey
Holby Abern Chicago, IL Neal Gerber & Eisenberg
Darnell Cage Minneapolis, MN Fredrikson & Byron
Ryan Spanheimer Minneapolis, MN Fredrikson & Byron
Conrad Gosen Minneapolis, MN Fish & Richardson
Allison Krepel St. Louis, MO Polsinelli
Dr. Edwina Washington Hernando, MS Edwina Washington Law Firm, PLLC
John T. Miller Jr. Palo Alto, CA Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Beverly J. Lamberson Palo Alto, CA Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Daniel Sierchio Roseland, NJ Lowenstein Sandler LLP