Mark R. Privratsky


Ownership of intellectual property may help those in financial need by allowing income from commercialization of their ideas. The playing field can be a difficult one, however, due to the legal fees for preparing and filing a patent application typically being out of their reach, leaving inventors without access to justice.

The development of the Inventors Assistance Program (IAP) has helped level the playing field. The IAP matches volunteer patent prosecution attorneys with disadvantaged inventors. Supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the IAP today has over 1,800 registered patent attorneys and provides services across the U.S. from 20 regional offices. Mark Privratsky, one of the founders of the IAP, will speak about its history, successes, future plans, and most importantly, how lawyers may volunteer to provide these pro bono services.

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