Pro Bono Resources

Nationwide in Scope


Name of entity: Stanford Law School Cyberlaw Clinic / Center for Internet and Society

Contact person: Jennifer Granick
Telephone: (650) 724-0014
Fax: (650) 723-4426
Website: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu

Types of IP services offered: Specializing in internet-related cases, including disputes over domain names, defending and preserving anonymity of those sued for posting on internet message boards, disputes involving the content of websites, use of trademarks on eBay, suits based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and cases involving internet security and privacy issues. The Center also houses the Fair Use Project, which handles selected copyright cases involving the Fair Use defense.
  • Eligibility criteria (Y/N): N
  • Region(s) covered: All
  • Any fees charged: No

Name of entity: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Contact person: Allsion Navone, Intake Coordinator
Phone: 415-436-9333 ext. 111
Fax: 415-436-9993
E-Mail:

Types of IP services offered: Litigation defense, with concentration on "impact litigation", i.e., precendent setting cases; nationwide referrals to attorneys in technology cases.
  • Eligibility criteria: No formal criteria.
  • Regions covered: Nationwide in U.S.A.
  • Fees charged: None
  • Address: 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, California 94110
    Website: http://www.eff.org

Name of Organization: Entrepreneurship Legal Services, Cornell University

Contact Person: Zachary Shulman
(607) 255-3012

Types of IP Services offered: start-up company IP issues, such as trademark applications, provisional patent applications and patent research.
  • Eligibility Criteria (Y/N): Must be a start-up company without significant revenue.
  • Region(s) covered: All
  • Any fees charged: $25.00 per hour for student time.
  • Other: www.els.cornell.edu

Name of entity: Glushko Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Contact person: Jessica Hayes, Senior Administrative Assistant
Glushko Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Washington College of Law
American University
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20016
202.274.4148 -- Phone
202.274.4166 202.274.0659 fax

Types of IP services offered: The full range of intellectual property specialties -- copyright, patent, trademark, and beyond -- in a variety of settings -- including client counseling, rights acquisition, transactional lawyering and negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy.

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic (IP Clinic) at the Washington College of Law, American University, provides legal services to clients who require quality intellectual property representation that they are unable to obtain in the general market for legal services. The IP Clinic work involves the full range of intellectual property specialties -- copyright, patent, trademark, and beyond -- in a variety of settings -- including client counseling, rights acquisition, transactional lawyering and negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy. The IP Clinic represents individual creators and users of intellectual property, small businesses and communities of rights holders and consumers, not for profit institutions and associations, and other entities. IP Clinic services are provided by second- and third-year law students, who work under the supervision of IP Clinic faculty. Although the IP Clinic provides legal services free of charge, the IP Clinic clients generally must pay for other costs of legal representation, such as governmental filing fees and litigation-related costs. More information about the IP Clinic and a form to request legal services are provided at www.ipclinic.org.
  • Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Individual creators and users of intellectual property, small businesses and communities of rights holders and consumers, not for profit institutions and associations, and other entities.
  • Regions(s) covered: All.
  • Any fees charged: Although the IP Clinic provides legal services free of charge, the IP Clinic clients generally must pay for other costs of legal representation, such as governmental filing fees and litigation-related costs.

Name of entity: Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Contact person: Ralph P. Albrecht, Chair
Phone: (202) 216-8166
  • Types of IP services offered: Amicus briefs
  • Eligibility criteria (Y/N): No
  • Regions(s) covered: National
  • Any fees charged: None

Name of entity: Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc. (PIIPA)

Contact persons: Tina M. Kuklenski-Miller, President
Phone: (703) 812-4820

3845 North 26th Street
Arlington, Virginia 22207

Michael A. Gollin, Founder & Chair
Phone: (202) 344-4072
Fax: (202) 344-8300

Venable LLP
Terrell Place
575 Seventh Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-1601

Types of IP services offered: "PIIPA (Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.) is the global non-profit resource for developing countries and public interest organizations seeking expertise in intellectual property matters to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment. PIIPA provides worldwide access to IP professionals who can advise and represent such clients pro bono publico (as a public service)."
  • Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Assists governments of developing countries, non-profit organizations in developing countries, and non-profit organizations in developed countries that help developing countries.
  • Regions covered: All developing countries
  • Any fees charged: None.
  • Other: Website: www.piipa.org
    E-Mail:

Name of entity: Public Patent Foundation

Contact person: Dan Ravicher
Executive Director
404 West 51st Street, Suite 3A
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 917-843-3425
Fax: 212-977-9677
E-Mail:
  • Types of IP services offered: Reexaminations of patents.
    Pre-litigation counseling, representation and negotiation. Representing defendants in patent litigation. Patent-related only. (No trademark or copyright services.) No patent applications or prosecution.
  • Eligibility criteria (Y/N): Economically disadvantaged businesses (including sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations or other entities) accused of infringing dubious patents.
  • Regions(s) covered: All of the United States of America, but only the U.S.A.
  • Any fees charged: Clients are expected to pay costs, but normally not attorney fees.
  • Other: Website: www.pubpat.org

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