Chicago-Kent Patent Hub

A Pro Bono Program for Illinois Inventors

Chicago-Kent College of Law is pleased to present the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, a program that will facilitate the placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the pro bono legal assistance of licensed patent attorneys. 

Launched by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011, the Patent Pro Bono Program is currently being offered in all 50 states. Regional program administrators match inventors who qualify based on income threshold, residency and other requirements with local patent agents or attorneys licensed to practice before the USPTO. Participating programs are individually run as regional programs available to assist inventors and small businesses in their state or region. The Chicago-Kent Patent Hub is coordinating services to inventors in Illinois.

Chicago-Kent's Patent Pro Bono Program

As a responsible matchmaker of low-income inventors and volunteer patent attorneys, the regional program must make certain that minimal program requirements are met, ensuring that those requesting pro bono assistance qualify for assistance and for referral into the program. The Chicago-Kent Patent Hub is open to individual inventors and small businesses in Illinois meeting the program's eligibility guidelines.

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The Chicago-Kent Patent Hub does not provide legal advice, and its services are limited to screening applicants for eligibility and referring those applicants to volunteer attorneys for evaluation and possible representation.