Thank you for your continued support of Pennsylvania's innovation economy through PVLA's PA Patent program. 

If you are interested in taking on one of these pro bono assignments, 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. [email protected]

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

Please see below for a list of available pro bono projects for inventors or Download the full case listing here (PDF).

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.

CASE LIST – PATENTABILITY CONSULTATIONS

List of Pro Bono Patent Cases Available for Placement (updated 5.19.2022)

Case List - Patentability Consultations

  • Project 27024: Client is an independent inventor seeking to protect a new method of conducting lottery games.
  • Project 27071: Client is an independent inventor seeking to protect her 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 to protect his device designed to relieve tension around the ears and face from wearing face masks.
  • Project 27102: Client is an independent inventor and small business owner seeking to protect her invention of a utility clasp used to secure/fasten jewelry, watches and/or handbags.
  • Project 27154: Clients are a mother-son duo, independent inventors seeking to  protect their  invention of a collapsible, 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 to protect his invention of refillable jug allowing for the safe and clean storage/transfer of diesel exhaust fluid.
  • Project 27194:  Client is an independent inventor and mother seeking to assess the patentability of   her roll of magnetized, reusable towels.
  • Project 27264: Client is an independent inventor seeking to protect his invention of an energy-saving electric rice/pressure cooker.
  • Project 27307: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a portable, battery-powered air conditioning unit.
  • Project 27322: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a method of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. Client has conducted studies on her method with the assistance of researchers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Project 27372: Client is an independent inventor seeking to patent a sanitary pad for young girls that features a "leak indicator" informing the user when it is time to change pads.
  • Project 27406: Client is an independent inventor seeking to protect his system of detecting leaks in oil transport pipes and thereby and prevent environmental damage.  The client has filed a provisional patent application for this system.
  • Project 27411: Client is an independent inventor seeking advice on the patentability of a system to neutralize airborne viruses using a fan and UV lights.
  • Project 27427: Client, a disabled combat veteran, seeks advice on the patentability of his build your own pipe system and method for the vaporization of medical marijuana intended to assist indigent patients.
  • Project 27435: Client is an independent inventor seeking to protect his new card game by filing a utility patent.  In addition to a tabletop incarnation, the client envisions his game as being played in an online form and on a physical machine in a casino.   

Case List - Patent Prosecution

  • 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 27418: Client is an individual inventor who has filed a provisional, utility patent application for a document holder system for drivers that is intended to foster safe police-driver encounters. She is seeking advice with respect to developing her provisional application into a full patent application.