CardConnect is a proud sponsor of the Pennsylvania chapter of Patent Pro Bono, a nationwide program that provides free legal assistance to under-resourced organizations interested in obtaining patents for their inventions.
In August 2015, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day, focusing on inclusive entrepreneurship and introducing new public- and private-sector commitments to encourage innovation in the marketplace. On the heels of this announcement, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) expanded its Patent Pro Bono Program to all 50 states. Since then, the initiative has seen a surge in participation.
Patent Pro Bono functions as individual, regional programs – the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), a program of the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, is responsible for the PA chapter, and collects applications from Pennsylvania-based inventors / startups and recruits local, volunteer pro bono attorneys. The result? The formation of mutually beneficial relationships between established businesses and inventive startups to create a more culturally vibrant and economically strong environment.
CardConnect is thrilled to be working with the Patent Pro Bono program. Participating lawyers provide a bevy of free legal services that include, but are not limited to: negotiating contracts, protecting copyrights, trademarks and patents and preparing by-laws for up-and-coming nonprofits.
CardConnect was fortunate enough to attend and sponsor the first PA Patent event of 2016. This particular event was aimed toward fostering partnerships between businesses that are dedicated to entrepreneurship and our region’s inventors and startups, and included representatives of the USPTO and leaders from legal and start-up communities. We believe in the Patent Pro Bono’s mission, and are excited to support our local (and national) inventors. For more information about the PA Patent program, please click here.