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The purpose of the Pro Bono Committee is to address the BPLA's community involvement in civic, charitable, and educational events.


Hilary Libka, Cooley

Derek Roller, Nutter


USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program

At the BPLA Annual Meeting Luncheon on December 12, 2012, the Pro Bono Committee circulated a survey to attendees to assess support for, and interest in participating in, a Boston-based USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program.  Over one hundred BPLA members completed the survey.   The results are provided here.  Please look for more information on the development of a Boston USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program in weeks to come.  And, if you were not able to participate in the survey but would be interested in participating in a USPTO Patent Pro Bono program, please e-mail Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair, Chelsea Loughran at



Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts & Boston Patent Law Association's 

Pro Bono Patent Program


Hello, and welcome to the Boston Patent Pro Bono Program!

As you are no doubt aware, September 16, 2012 marked the passage of the America Invents Act.  This long-awaited legislative reform to our United States patent system includes a directive for the establishment of regional patent pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small business. 

Today marks the establishment of such a program in Boston as a collaborative effort between the Boston Patent Law Association and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

With the recognition that useful inventions come from all walks of life, including from those who do not have the means to pay the high attorney fees typically required to secure patent rights, we have begun the process of financially screening and referring patent pro bono clients to interested volunteers like yourself.

Below is a summary of our first two cases/clients.  If you are interested in assisting either of these clients on a pro bono basis, please e-mail and we will provide you with more information about the program and the representation process, as well as with contact information for the client you choose.

With many thanks, in advance, for your commitment to inventor assistance and equal access to the patent system,

The Boston Patent Pro Bono Steering Committee


Pro Bono Cases

Case #2693:
Inventor seeks assistance in drafting and filing a utility application for a new device to deliver accurate and precise measurements of blood glucose levels.  Invention is a user friendly device, especially for the visually impaired and will not require test strips which tend to be inaccurate and constitute a recurring expense.  Provisional filed 6/21/2013.

Case #2669
Inventor is a jewelry designer who is seeking assistance in drafting and filing a utility application for an innovative idea pertaining to the functionality of a bracelet.  Provisional filed May, 2013.



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