Information and Links for Legal Services

IIPSJ is compiling a list of IP legal clinics and other resources for low or no cost legal services. 

This page is not intended to be exhaustive and it is not ever fully up to date due to the nature of the internet. There are dozens if not hundreds of other sites with more exhaustive links to online IP resources.  Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement of the quality of the site or the information on it or of the services rendered there or by the agency or organization behind it.

USPTO: Intellectual Property Legal Assistance Programs - The website provides information on two programs for free legal assistance: Patent Pro Bono Program and the Law School Clinic Certification Program.  The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated academic and nonprofit organizations that endeavor to match volunteer patent practitioners with financially under-resourced inventors seeking patent protection. The Law School Clinic Certification Program allows applicants to obtain pro bono legal assistance in both patent and trademark matters while allowing law students enrolled in a participating law school's clinic program to practice intellectual property law before the USPTO under the strict guidance of a law school faculty clinic supervisor.

Patent Pro Bono Florida: A statewide program of the Arts & Business Council of Miami and Dade Legal Aid to provide under-resourced inventors with pro bono patent attorneys.

Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, The Clinic maintains an active practice in intellectual property advising, including risk assessment, and has drafted a wide range of transactional documents that relate to IP rights (including license agreements and other documents concerning transfers of intellectual property).

University of Pennsylvania Law School: The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic: The IPC provides pro bono transactional patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret services to individuals, non-profit and for-profit clients in technology and the arts.

International Trademark Association: Through its Pro Bono Committee, INTA has established the Trademark Clearinghouse pilot program to bolster the protection of intellectual property by matching eligible clients facing trademark issues with INTA member attorneys so that legal services can be provided free of charge. The Clearinghouse is intended to serve low-income individuals and/or directors of nonprofit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets (1) who might otherwise not know where to turn or (2) who don’t have access to legal assistance in the area of trademarks. This clearinghouse is the only one currently in existence that is dedicated primarily to trademarks.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Contact person: Allsion Navone, Intake Coordinator
Phone: 415-436-9333 ext. 111
Fax: 415-436-9993
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Types of IP services offered: Litigation defense, with concentration on "impact litigation", i.e., precendent setting cases; nationwide referrals to attorneys in technology cases.

·        Eligibility criteria: No formal criteria.

·        Regions covered: Nationwide in U.S.A.

·        Fees charged: None

·        Address: 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Entrepreneurship Legal Services, Cornell University

Contact Person: Zachary Shulman
(607) 255-3012

Types of IP Services offered: start-up company IP issues, such as trademark applications, provisional patent applications and patent research.

·        Eligibility Criteria (Y/N): Must be a start-up company without significant revenue.

·        Region(s) covered: All

·        Any fees charged: $25.00 per hour for student time.

Glushko Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Contact person: Jessica Hayes, Senior Administrative Assistant
Glushko Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Washington College of Law
American University
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20016
202.274.4148 -- Phone
202.274.4166 202.274.0659 fax
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Types of IP services offered: The full range of intellectual property specialties -- copyright, patent, trademark, and beyond -- in a variety of settings -- including client counseling, rights acquisition, transactional lawyering and negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy.

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic (IP Clinic) at the Washington College of Law, American University, provides legal services to clients who require quality intellectual property representation that they are unable to obtain in the general market for legal services. The IP Clinic work involves the full range of intellectual property specialties -- copyright, patent, trademark, and beyond -- in a variety of settings -- including client counseling, rights acquisition, transactional lawyering and negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy. The IP Clinic represents individual creators and users of intellectual property, small businesses and communities of rights holders and consumers, not for profit institutions and associations, and other entities. IP Clinic services are provided by second- and third-year law students, who work under the supervision of IP Clinic faculty. Although the IP Clinic provides legal services free of charge, the IP Clinic clients generally must pay for other costs of legal representation, such as governmental filing fees and litigation-related costs. More information about the IP Clinic and a form to request legal services are provided at www.ipclinic.org.

·        Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Individual creators and users of intellectual property, small businesses and communities of rights holders and consumers, not for profit institutions and associations, and other entities.

·        Regions(s) covered: All.

·        Any fees charged: Although the IP Clinic provides legal services free of charge, the IP Clinic clients generally must pay for other costs of legal representation, such as governmental filing fees and litigation-related costs.

 

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

  1. Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic - For more information about the program's requirements, please see the Information Packet for the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic.
  2. Practical Preparation of Patent Applications - For more information about the program's requirements, please see the Information Packet for the Legal Clinic - Practical Preparation of Patent Applications.

Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Contact person: Ralph P. Albrecht, Chair
Phone: (202) 216-8166

·        Types of IP services offered: Amicus briefs

·        Eligibility criteria (Y/N): No

·        Regions(s) covered: National

·        Any fees charged: None

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc. (PIIPA)

Types of IP services offered: "PIIPA (Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.) is the global non-profit resource for developing countries and public interest organizations seeking expertise in intellectual property matters to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment. PIIPA provides worldwide access to IP professionals who can advise and represent such clients pro bono publico (as a public service)."

·        Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Assists governments of developing countries, non-profit organizations in developing countries, and non-profit organizations in developed countries that help developing countries.

·        Regions covered: All developing countries

·        Any fees charged: None.

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Public Patent Foundation

·        Types of IP services offered: Reexaminations of patents.
Pre-litigation counseling, representation and negotiation. Representing defendants in patent litigation. Patent-related only. (No trademark or copyright services.) No patent applications or prosecution.

·        Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Economically disadvantaged businesses (including sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations or other entities) accused of infringing dubious patents.

·        Regions(s) covered: All of the United States of America, but only the U.S.A.

·        Any fees charged: Clients are expected to pay costs, but normally not attorney fees.

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