Founded in 2007 as a project of the NCBA’s Business Law Section, NC LEAP (Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program) is the only statewide program of its kind. Since it began providing services to low-wealth entrepreneurs, NC LEAP has assisted more than 3,000 small business owners through education and legal representation. In collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, NC LEAP has expanded its scope of services to include a regional Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) designed to help qualified inventors and small businesses in North Carolina gain pro bono access to the services of registered patent professionals.

Inventors who are seeking patent-related legal assistance should apply through the Federal Circuit Bar Association National Clearinghouse here.