Pro Bono Patent Assistance

By Mary Beth Newbill, Southern History Department, Central Library

What: Pro Bono Patent Program
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Birmingham Public Library – Central Library/Linn-Henley Research Library/4th floor/Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC)

Do you have an invention that you’d like to protect with a U.S. patent? You or your small business might be eligible for legal assistance in drafting and filing your application thanks to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Pro Bono Program. This program’s goal is to match underfunded inventors and businesses with volunteer patent professionals (lawyers or patent agents) who can guide you through the application process. The Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program has compiled a short list of requirements and guidelines for the program.

Learn more by attending our event on October 10, 2019, where you can meet representatives from the USPTO in Washington, D.C., and learn about other resources for inventors that are available locally. You’ll also learn how you can get started with your patent search here at the library. The Birmingham Public Library serves as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and can provide would-be inventors with the tools needed to perform a basic patent search. Since novelty or newness is one of the requirements for a patent, a thorough search of previously issued patents is often the first step for most inventors.