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PA Patent Launches Dedicated Legal Resource For Under-Resourced Inventors, Makers, Startups + Nonprofits Statewide

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Programs & Events, Member News, Press Releases, Arts + Business Council

PHILADELPHIA – On February 17, 2016 from 6:30-8pm, the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC), through its Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) program, is launching PA Patent, a statewide partnership with firms around the Commonwealth and with assistance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to provide under-resourced inventors, makers, startups and nonprofits with the assistance of pro bono patent attorneys. PA Patent will become the first and only hub of pro bono patent resources for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The event will take place at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce offices at 200 South Broad Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

PVLA expects 150 colleagues to attend this complimentary, invitation-only event, where they will hear from representatives of the USPTO, including Mindy B. Bickel, Ph.D., Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development, and leaders from the legal and start-up communities. PVLA will host a cocktail reception following the remarks. The event is also a platform to recruit attorneys and firms statewide to the program, as well as to cultivate opportunities to partner with business, legal and technology leaders who are dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship, job growth and innovation-based economic development across the state.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to create a dedicated statewide resource for the innovation economy,” said Karin Copeland, Executive Director of the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. “PA Patent helps ensure the best, most creative ideas have the legal protections they need to thrive, and everyone—from startups to the maker movement—is behind this effort to secure the intellectual property of innovators on the cutting edge.”

PVLA is launching PA Patent as part of a national effort initiated by the USPTO, pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, to establish patent pro bono services throughout the Untied States. To be eligibile to participate in PA Patent, clients must be Pennsylvania residents, meet income eligibility requirements, have a general knowledge of the patent system, and have an actual invention—not just an idea.

This PVLA event is sponsored by generous support from CardConnect, Duane Morris LLP, Morgan Lewis LLP and The TD Bank Charitable Foundation, as well as Baker Hostetler LLP, DLA Piper LLP, Global Patent Solutions LLC and the Penn Center for Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information on the PA Patent program, visit http://www.artsandbusinessphila.org/pvla/patentprobono.asp

To attend as a member of the media, please RSVP to Kate Hagedorn (khagedorn@greaterphilachamber.com) or Ari Kushner (akushner@artsandbusinessphila.org).

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About The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC) strengthens our creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit creative businesses, by engaging the business, legal & technology communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a thought leader and a convener. ABC, with the support of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is uniquely positioned to actively connect the creative sector with the business, legal and technology communities. www.artsandbusinessphila.org

About The Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

The Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) program provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to the creative economy. PVLA was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit legal services organization. In March 2008 to broaden the legal assistance available to the cultural community, the services of PVLA were integrated into the Arts & Business Council. Over the years the PVLA program has recruited hundreds of attorneys from Philadelphia and the surrounding region to serve the arts. Volunteer attorneys work on projects such as negotiating performing contracts for actors, dancers and musicians; protecting copyrights, trademarks and patents; preparing by-laws for newly formed nonprofits; negotiating short- and long-term workspace leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives, to name a few.

About The United States Patent and Trademark Office

The mission of the USPTO is to promote industrial and technological progress in the United States and strengthen the economy by administering the laws relating to patents and trademarks while ensuring the creation of valid, prompt, and proper intellectual property rights, and by advising the administration on all domestic and global aspects of intellectual property. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement. www.uspto.gov

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