The ProBoPat program connects low-income inventors with patent practitioners for patent preparation and prosecution legal services on a pro bono (free) basis as well as provides access to business consulting and training for bringing new ideas to market.

Eligible applicants are residents of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming who have an annual income of three times the federal poverty guidelines or less and who, in ProBoPat’s sole discretion, would benefit from the program.

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Information for Inventors

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NOTE TO APPLICANTS – ProBoPat is unable to accept applications from inventors for the following matters:

• Assistance with the preparation of a non-provisional application when the filing deadline is six months or less
• Assistance to respond to Office Actions
• Inventions related to cannabis or the cannabis industry

Resources for Tax Preparation: If you need assistance for preparation of a tax return, please see the resources available for each state: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers: ProBoPat encourages all inventors to utilize the resources available at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center in their state. Trained librarians can assist inventors to conduct patent searches in the records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Information for Volunteer Attorneys and Patent Agents

ProBoPat encourages all patent attorneys and agents who are registered and in good standing to practice before the USPTO, and who are covered by malpractice insurance, to volunteer to represent low-income inventors through ProBoPat.

For more information, see the ProBoPat FAQs for Patent Attorney and Agents.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form.

For more information, contact Sue Munro at 303-539-5643 or email her.

ProBoPat is offered in connection with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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