California Inventors Assistance Program
Under the “America Invents Act,” the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established a new pro bono program designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses. CLA was selected as the statewide Administrator of the program throughout California to process pro bono intakes in conjunction with the USPTO. This program is called the California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP).
See this link for information from the USPTO about pro bono services for patent applicants
CLICK HERE for a 39 minute, 30-module informational video/certification program: "Basic Patent Training for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses." It is required that independent inventors review this video material PRIOR to receiving assistance under the CIAP.
- See this link to begin the application with the FEDERAL CIRCUIT BAR for the USPTO pro bono program.
- See also this link for more information from the FEDERAL CIRCUIT BAR about this program.
- See this link to begin the application directly through CLA.
"How The Patent Pro Bono Program Is Making A Difference"
"USPTO Pro Bono Program"
See below some examples of the law firms and companies supporting the California Inventors Assistance Program: