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 07.26.2022)

Patentability Consultations

  • Case 9114: Client is a sports trainer and independent inventor seeking advice on the patentability of a wearable tool for training basketball players.
  • Case 2839: Client is an independent inventor seeking advice on the patentability of a system to neutralize airborne viruses using a fan and UV lights.
  • Case 2184: 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.
  • Case 1870: 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 9581: Client is an independent inventor seeking advice on the patentability of an invention that would allow for self-charging electric vehicles to drive long distances without the need to connect the vehicle to a stationary power source.