Greetings PA Patent Volunteers!  

Thank you for your continued dedication and support of Pennsylvania’s innovation economy through Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts’ PA Patent program. 

Please see below for a list of available pro bono projects for inventors, and let us know whether you would be interested and available to take on one of these cases. If you are interested in taking on a pro bono assignment, please contact one of our Legal Service Coordinators at [email protected] to obtain further information If you have any questions about representing a pro bono PA Patent client, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Ryan Morris, at [email protected].

NOTE: attorneys should be sure to submit a volunteer application before signing on to take a pro bono case with PVLA.

Scope of Work

For all PA Patent cases, the scope of work will include the following: 

  1. Consultation to review patentability of Client’s invention given the prior art cited, and counsel Client about the costs and benefits of filing a provisional or non-provisional patent application; and 
  2. If applicable, representation of Client in filing a provisional or non-provisional patent application before the USPTO.   

Attorneys are not expected to represent clients after a final determination has been rendered on their USPTO application, or for any work related to appealing a final determination.

  • Project 26339: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a mechanical device used to rewrap cigars.
  • Project 26449: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a headpiece that allows people to change their hairstyle by attaching or detaching different styles, colors or lengths of hair.
  • Project 26497: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for an interlocking plate and lid designed for use in food delivery services.
  • Project 26517: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a motion-activated children’s toy mirror that offers users positive affirmations through pre-recorded quotes, songs and stories. 
  • Project 26687: Client is an independent inventor seeking a non-provisional patent on a multi-purpose kitchen countertop appliance, which features 10-15 different functions. Client has a number of manufacturers interested in producing and developing his invention.
  • Project 26776: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for a magnetic athletic-wear hooded sweatshirt designed for individuals practicing various styles of yoga. 
  • Project 26780: Client is an independent inventor seeking a one-time consultation with an attorney to discuss the patentability of his idea for a new traffic light design. 
  • Project 26851: Client is an independent inventor seeking to continue prosecution of her non-provisional patent for a disposable cloth ear cleaner to be worn on the finger.
  • Project 26856: Client is an independent inventor seeking a non-provisional patent for flavored glycerin mouth swabs used on hospital patients requiring tube feeding.
  • Project 26865: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a mechanical invention for a pharmacy kiosk machine that automatically sorts client medication into weekly/monthly pill calendars and allows for disposal of empty pill bottles. 
  • Project 26885: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for a miniature insulated food container or thermos to be used for baby food.
  • Project 26903:  Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for a handbag insert that functions as a cupholder.
  • Project 26906: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for furniture that features elements intended to hold various electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets.
  • Project 26908: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for a magnetic arm strap originally developed for use by bartenders to hold metallic bottle/can openers while working.
  • Project 26913: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a design for a sanitary handle cover used for shopping carts, door handles and other similar surfaces.
  • Project 26964: Client is a small startup company seeking a one-time patentability review and consultation regarding their invention for a mobile health and wellness app for senior citizens living on their own.
  • Project 26974: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a centralized database for the storage and retrieval of individual employment history and information. Client has issued a proposal to the Social Security Administration regarding the possibility of licensing this database for SSA’s use if/when a patent is obtained.
  • Project 27018: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in continuing prosecution of her patent application for a consumer audio social media app. Client seeks to revive her patent application and respond to anticipated Office Actions.
  • Project 27024: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a new method of conducting lottery games. 
  • Project 27031: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting her design for a journal notebook with built-in candle holder. Client has successfully devised a marketing and monetization scheme for her invention. 
  • Project 27049: Client is an independent inventor and owner of a home bakery seeking assistance in patenting a design for a berry stand/holder providing both functional and decorative elements for baking and other culinary arts. 
  • Project 27071: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a design for a fitness garment worn around the waist designed to increase calorie burn and weight loss in the stomach area during workouts.
  • Project 27078: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a design for a device designed to relieve tension around the ears and face from wearing face masks. 
  • Project 27114: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a design for a mobile, collapsible changing table intended for use by on-the-go parents with infants and young children. Client has previously filed a provisional application as of May, 2020 and is seeking to prepare and file his non-provisional utility patent.
  • Project 27135: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a medical device used to minimize pain at an injection site by utilizing gateway pain theory. 
  • Project 27148: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting designs and manufacturing methods related to her invention for reusable prosthetic eyelashes made from recyclable materials. Client currently has a non-provisional application on file with the USPTO and is seeking an attorney to assist her in responding to recent Office Action from the examiner (deadline May 2, 2021).
  • Project 27154: Client is an independent inventor seeking assistance in patenting a design for a collapsable, folding footstool disguised to look like an ordinary, mundane object when folded such as a book or a briefcase. Client has already filed a provisional patent application on the invention (priority date 10/12/2020), and is seeking to file a non-provisional application if appropriate prior to the expiration of his provisional patent. 
  • Project 27157: Client is an independent inventor with extensive experience working in the shipping and trucking industry seeking assistance in patenting a design for a refillable jug allowing for the safe and clean storage/transfer of diesel exhaust fluid.