At the end of 2013, the
Pro Bono
Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) announced that it had started vetting its first client for admission into the newly-founded
United States Patent and Trademark Patent Pro Bono Program
, a collaborative initiative of the
BPLA
and the
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
(VLA). This was a landmark achievement, capping off nearly a year of program development, coordination, and fund-raising.
We are
ALWAYS
seeking out new volunteer attorneys to join our panel and to participate in this worthwhile and rewarding Program. If you volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work with a student or a solo entrepreneur who has a great new idea and a true need for solid patent law advice—even if that advice is ultimately a reasoned recommendation against pursing a patent or refocusing resources elsewhere. The scope of engagement is defined entirely by the volunteer attorney in consultation with the client at the outset of the representation. As a result, many of our volunteers take a case with the understanding that he or she
will only
assist with the drafting of an initial application. Should the client require additional patent prosecution assistance, the volunteer would have to separately agree to continue on with such representation. If the volunteer chooses not to continue the representation, the applicant would simply be referred back through the Program to a new attorney. Looking ahead to 2016, leaders of the Patent
Pro Bono
Program hope to establish and develop relationships with local law schools to encourage law student involvement in
pro bono
cases under the guidance and mentorship of volunteer attorneys. We also hope to encourage and facilitate patent counseling for student entrepreneurs. We cannot accomplish any of these goals without skilled volunteer attorneys from our community. Please consider donating your time as a volunteer. If you are interested in participating in a the
Patent
Pro Bono
Program of New England
,
please
e-mail the BPLA Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs
,
Chelsea Loughran
and
Sandra Brown
.
Update on the Patent
Pro Bono
Program of New England and Call for Volunteer Attorneys
Much has happened since that time. Most notably, under guidance and support from the USPTO, the Patent
Pro Bono
Program has expanded geographically. Whereas the Program was originally open to inventors and entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area only, it is now available to clients across the New England states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island (Connecticut falls within the jurisdiction of New York’s program). This expansion was formally announced in June 2015 at a launch event in Burlington, Vermont, which was attended by
Senator Patrick Leahy
and
covered by local news media
. Accordingly, the initiative has undergone a name change and is now officially called “
the Patent
Pro Bono
Program of New England.
” Although the Program was initially launched on a small scale to vet and refer only a few clients in its first year, in light of the Program’s geographic expansion and word of mouth, the pace of incoming applications and referrals has grown significantly. At present the Program has successfully referred 24 clients to Boston-area
pro bono
patent attorneys, and at least that many applicants are currently eligible for assistance and awaiting a referral.
This is where you come in.
Volume 47, Issue 2
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
Table of Contents
2016 ? Boston Patent Law Association
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Table of Contents
President's Message by Erik Belt
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Message from the Editor-in-Chief
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Alice: Making Step Two Work
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Grant Submissions and Novelty: A Catch-22 for Startups
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When are Method/Device Hybrid Claims Indefinite?
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Update on the Patent Pro Bono Program of New England and Call For Volunteer Attorneys!
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Saved by the Date? Is Your Pre-AIA Patent Still At Risk for AIA Post Grant Review?
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Index
6th annual Invented Here! Announcement
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BPLA Sponsors the New England Innovation Award Program of Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)
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Report on the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition
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BPLA Writing Competition Accepting Entries
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Annual Judges' Dinner
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IP Roundtable with Chief Judge Saris
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Significant changes to the rules related to european trademarks ¡v three things you should know
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What/where/when/why/how do I include this sequence in a sequence listing?
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Members on the move
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Member Companies and Firms are Encouraged to Utilize BPLA’s Career Center
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