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PTO Pro Bono

PTO Pro Bono

The PTO Pro Bono Committee establishes and maintains relations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, The America Invents Act (AIA) Pro Bono Task Force, and its successors. The Committee also serves as the national clearinghouse for the patent pro bono program established under the America Invents Act, and as the regional program facilitator for the Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia region, provides information to the Association's community regarding these pro bono opportunities, and recruits volunteers to screen applicants for eligibility to participate in the program - serving as the pro bono counsel to such applicants.

The pro bono programs will be individually run as regional programs available to assist inventors and small businesses in their specific region first and to others as the need arises. In order to logistically manage applicants to the programs, it has been decided that there should be a single intake and initial screening authority. This authority or “clearing house” will take the responsibility of collecting all eligible individuals and businesses and forwarding those qualifying to their respective regional program. PTO and the Federal Circuit Bar Association have agreed that the Association will serve as the national clearinghouse for this program and as the regional program facilitator for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region.

More information can be found on our PTO Pro Bono Program page.


Committee Chairs

Stephen Maebius
Foley & Lardner LLP

Committee Vice-Chairs

Steven Trybus
Locke Lord LLP

Sameer Vadera
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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