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For solo inventors: Do you have a total household income of less than 300% of the federal poverty rate? You will attach your most recent IRS 1040 form at the end of the application.

For small business/inventor groups: Do ALL inventors in your group have a total household income less than 300% of poverty guidelines? All members of the group will attach their most recent IRS 1040 form at the end of the application.

For nonprofit groups: Our budget for past year is less than one million dollars. You will attach your most recent IRS 990 form at the end of the application.

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Describe the general technical area of your invention and the general improvement it provides. Do NOT include any confidential or novel features, and do NOT provide any specific details about your invention. An example of a GOOD description is "the invention involves an improvement to X aspect of Y thing." An example of a BAD description is "by following A, B, C steps, we have achieved X improvement on Y thing.

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If no return to the qualifications section to learn more Our follow-up email will include a requirement that you email us at least 3 references.
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If you are unsure visit the qualifications section to learn more. When you are matched with an attorney you will be required to share your description (do not share here) or drawings.
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To aid Patent Pro Bono with grants please answer the following demographic data questions. This information is kept in confidence and only used in the aggregate.

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  1. The information provided by me in this application is, to the best of my knowledge, compete and accurate.
  2. I understand that submitting false or misleading information may result in delay or denial of services.
  3. I understand that misrepresenting the number or identity of inventors, the state of the prior art, or my qualification for micro-entity status to the United States Patent and Trademark Office may constitute fraud, and could result in the invalidation of the patent or application.
  4. I will notify the PATENTS program if any of the information in this application materially changes prior to placement with an attorney, especially if any inventor's income should suddenly increase.
  5. I have not shared any confidential details of my invention with the Patent Pro Bono FL program.
  6. I understand that continuation in the program is at the discretion of the program administrator, and that filling out this application does not entitle me to any services.
  7. I understand it may take up to 120 days to find a matching attorney for my case and VLA cannot guarantee that it will be able to refer my case to a volunteer attorney. If we have not matched your case in 120 days your case will expire and will issue a pro se letter.
  8. I understand that the matter may be placed with a patent attorney, and that this person's representation may be limited to the filing of a patent application for the invention referenced in this application.
  9. I agree and understand that this application does not create an attorney-client relationship between any named inventor or myself and any individual attorney, the Patent Pro Bono FL, Arts & Business Council of Miami or Dade Legal Aid.
  10. I agree not to initiate or pursue any legal action against the Arts & Business Council of Miami, Dade Legal Aid and/or Put Something Back, and their affiliates, contractors, employees, officers, volunteers, and other representatives due to, as a result of, or arising from , any advance, assistance, recommendations, referrals, or other activities in relation to their application or for any injury or damages resulting from any action or omission in connection with the advice, assistance, recommendations, referrals, or other activities of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
  11. I understand I am responsible for paying an administrative fee prior to placement with a volunteer patent agent or attorney, and I understand that the applicant remains responsible for the payment of all necessary governmental fees and ancillary fees, e.g. draftsmen, when necessary.
  12. Please review your application carefully before submitting. Submitting your application multiple times will cause unnecessary delays. We ask you to please be certain of your responses before pressing the submit button.
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Payment for $50 Administrative Fee

*Mandatory Documents:

  1. Copy of certifcate of completion for USPTO online training (See FAQs for more info)
  2. For solo inventors and group: most recent IRS 1040 form of all inventors
  3. For nonprofits: most recent IRS 990

Email PDF of each to put your name and Patent Pro Bono on the subject line.

Thanks for your Submission, we will review your entry and publish it soon.

Please fill out a separate form for each individual volunteer position.

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