Indiana University Bloomington

Pro Bono Services

The Center for Intellectual Property Research is eager to announce it has partnered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to launch two pro bono services aimed to help Indiana solo inventors, Indiana non-profits, and some small Indiana businesses in need. We are proud to continue playing an active role in the economic development of Indiana with our newest endeavor.

  1. The Intellectual Property Clinic
    • The clinic provides a range of IP counseling services to clients judged to be in need of pro bono services. Indiana University Maurer School of Law IP students carry out the work under the supervision of the Clinic Director Professor Norman Hedges and adjunct professors. The clinic is certified for both patents and trademarks under the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Project.

    • Currently the Clinic has sufficient projects. As such, it is unlikely the Clinic will be able to accept new clients at this time; however, if you are willing to wait until the next academic semester, the Clinic may be able to assist you then. Please contact us in July (for consideration in a fall academic semester) or December (for consideration in a spring academic semester) if you would like the Clinic to consider your project for next semester. Note that some intellectual property rights may be lost by waiting. Thus, you could potentially lose intellectual property rights by waiting until the next semester.

  2. PatentConnect for Hoosiers
    • The PatentConnect for Hoosiers project links Indiana entrepreneurs with patent lawyers who have volunteered to provide pro bono patent prosecution services. The Center for IP Research administers the project, screening inquiries from potential clients and distributing them to volunteer lawyers through The volunteering lawyers will set the scope of the representation. PatentConnect for Hoosiers is a joint project of the Center for IP Research and the USPTO, and results from the USPTO’s appointment of the CIPR as the designated “patent hub” for the state of Indiana.

    • The CIPR would like to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship of PatentConnectTaft Stettinius & Hollister


    Please email with any questions about our pro bono services.