Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project launches Nov. 18

 The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and Pro Bono Initiative will launch the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project at a reception starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent & Trademark Office, located at 300 S. River Place South, Suite 2900 in Detroit.

The Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project will connect low-income Michigan inventors with Michigan patent professionals for patent preparation and prosecution legal services on a pro bono basis, in order to enable the low-income inventors to protect their patents. 
The program is being established as part of a nation-wide initiative of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as the result of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Coordinator Jennifer McDowell, SBM President Thomas C. Rombach, SBM Treasurer Jennifer Grieco, and SBM Intellectual Property Law Section Secretary-Treasurer David Berry will provide welcoming and opening comments.
For additional information about the event, visit http://www.michbar.org/ip/home.cfm. Registration is not required, but is requested. Contact SBM Pro Bono Counsel Rob Mathis at rmathis@mail.michbar.org to register.