The Patent Pro Bono Program is an opportunity for volunteer patent attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to low-wealth solo inventors, nonprofit organizations and small businesses by assisting them with their applications to the USPTO.

The North Carolina Bar Foundation has partnered with Georgia Patents, which accepts, assesses and processes client applications for North Carolina residents and provides referrals to the Patent Pro Bono Program for attorney pro bono case matching.

The Patent Pro Bono Program serves:

    • solo inventors with a household income of less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines that have not filed more than 4 patent applications;
    • nonprofit organizations with 4 or less inventors who meet the solo inventor criteria with annual operating budgets of $175,000 or less per year; and
    • small businesses/inventor groups with 4 or less inventors who meet the solo inventor criteria and have business income of less than $150,000.
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Questions about the Patent Pro Bono Program? Email [email protected]