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A Cooperative Clinic/Corporate Patent Pro Bono Project

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Many enthusiastic and motivated pro se patent applicants are the kind of “garage inventors” and startup entrepreneurs we all hope the patent system will enable to thrive. But such pro se patent applicants can be hindered by complex rules and procedures—not to mention the cost of obtaining patent counsel. In the past few years, new patent pro bono programs have been formed to help those inventors navigate the patent system.

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