Lawyers often contribute their time and energy helping the under-resourced through pro bono work, whether because it’s required of them or because of a personal desire to assist those less fortunate. But until 2011, few, if any programs were available for IP Professionals to volunteer their time for patent legal services, leaving them to contribute to areas of law outside their expertise. A group of IP law experts from LegalCORPS and a pro bono program created by the America Invents Act (AIA) has changed that. In this brief Article, John Calvert, author of the AIA provision that created the USPTO Pro Bono Assistance Program, discusses the creation of this new program, its successes, and goals for the immediate future. He also explains how IP Professionals can get involved with this exciting new opportunity to help those under-resourced.
John Calvert, Pushing Ahead With the Pro Bono Assistance Program, 12 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 286 (2013)