Students studying intellectual property law at William Mitchell published a comprehensive guide to setting up patent law pro bono programs written by top intellectual property lawyers from the law firms Patterson Thuente IP and Lindquist & Vennum.
“Patent Law Pro Bono: A Best Practices Handbook” is designed to help lawyers set up pro bono programs to help low-income inventors navigate the patent application process. A provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) requires the United States Patent & Trademark Office to work with IP law organizations to develop pro bono programs for low-income inventors. The handbook serves as a guide for these organizations, located across the country, as they create patent law pro bono programs. Currently there are at least five state and regional programs in some stage of development.
The handbook was written by Amy Salmela, a partner at Patterson Thuente IP, and Mark Privratsky, a partner at Lindquist & Vennum and chair of its Intellectual Property Group.
William Mitchell students in the Intellectual Property Institute edited and fact checked the handbook before publishing it in Cybaris®, a top student-run intellectual property law review journal that includes videos of author interviews and reader comments.