About Our Program

The Ohio Patent Pro Bono Program was launched in response to the America Invents Act, which encouraged the USPTO to “work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses," and in response to an Executive Action, which called for the USPTO to assist innovators by expanding the pro bono program to cover all 50 states. The program strives to match inventors with volunteer attorneys who donate their services to help file patent applications.

The Program was the result of an active collaboration among the USPTO, The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association ("CIPLA") and the IP Venture Clinic at The Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Advisory Board

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Founding Firms

McDonald Hopkins - Founding Partner


Tarolli - Founding Partner


Renner Otto - Founding Partner


Squire Patten Boggs - Founding Partner


Benesch - Founding Partner