The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Pillsbury’s Austin office with its 2022 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate.

Individuals and law firms that receive the certificate have donated a minimum of 50 hours toward patent pro bono work to aid financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses. Most notably, a record number of law firms volunteered pro bono to boost the innovation economy in 2022, according to the USPTO.

Pillsbury contributed to the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts’ (TALA) regional patent program—a program that offers legal and accounting services for artists and art-related nonprofits. With the help of many volunteers throughout Texas, TALA handles over 250 matters per year and provides services to help participants apply sound business practices to protect intellectual property, advance careers and develop incomes for business communities. Pillsbury is a proud partner with TALA.

The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer practitioners with inventors for the purpose of securing patent protection.

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