The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program: Promoting equity in innovation since 2011

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The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program: Promoting equity in innovation since 2011

Blog by Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

America is a nation of inventors and entrepreneurs, and the USPTO is committed to protecting their creations through patents and trademarks. However, the cost of hiring legal representation can be a barrier for some inventors when applying to protect their intellectual property. To address that barrier, the USPTO helped create and coordinates the Patent Pro Bono Program.

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