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USPTO announces recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

May 24, 2021

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, which recognizes individuals and law firms that assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses seeking patents.

Established under the 2011 America Invents Act, the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer practitioners with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Each regional program provides services for residents of one or more states.

In 2020, the program shattered its previous volunteer participation record, as more than 100 patent practitioners and over 25 corporations and law firms (listed below) reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program. The recognized practitioners are listed on the Patent Pro Bono Program page on the USPTO website.

“I want to thank all of the recipients for their commitment to helping under-resourced inventors and small businesses in what was an especially challenging year for so many,” said Drew Hirshfeld, performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “The work of these practitioners helped contribute to the 273 pro bono patent applications we received in 2020. Because of their service, the innovation economy is stronger.”

To date, more than 1,800 patent practitioners have agreed to volunteer their time and resources to help make the Patent Pro Bono Program a success. Since 2015, these legal professionals have filed more than 1,500 patent applications on behalf of their pro bono clients.

Certificate recipients 2020

Recipient Organization City and State Regional Patent Pro Bono Program(s) Served
Perkins Coie Los Angeles, CA CA Inventors Assistance Program
Morrison & Foerster Los Angeles, CA CA Inventors Assistance Program
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP Palo Alto, CA CA Inventors Assistance Program
Stinson LLP Kansas City, MO St. Louis University Pro Bono
Intellectual Property Consulting LLC New Orleans, LA Louisiana Invents
Barnes & Thornburg  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance 
Dykema Gossett  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance
Fredrikson & Byron  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance
Merchant & Gould  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance
Patterson Thuente IP  Minneapolis, MN LegalCORPS’ Inventor Assistance
Alston Bird Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Southeastern IP Consulting Greenville, SC Georgia PATENTS
Smith,  Gambrell & Russell Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Baysinger Legal Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Ballard Spahr Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Fish & Richardson Atlanta, GA Georgia PATENTS
Foley & Lardner Chicago, IL Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
DLA Piper Chicago, IL Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
Incubate IP Glen Ellyn, IL Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP Chicago, IL Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP Albuquerque, NM Mi Casa Resource Center’s ProBoPat
Dorsey & Whitney LLP Denver, CO Mi Casa Resource Center’s ProBoPat
Lowenstein Sandler LLP Centerville, UT Mi Casa Resource Center’s ProBoPat
McDonald Hopkins Cleveland, OH Ohio Patent Pro Bono Program
Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino Cleveland, OH Ohio Patent Pro Bono Program
Parker-Hannifin Corporation Mayfield Heights, OH Ohio Patent Pro Bono Program