Chicago-Kent and USPTO Launch Pro Bono Patent Hub


On October 14, Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launched the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, a pro bono program¬†that helps qualified, low-income inventors and small businesses in Illinois obtain volunteer legal assistance from local patent agents or attorneys licensed to practice before the USPTO. Speakers included (from left to right) Patent Hub director Mary Anne Smith, David Clough ’93, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush, Illinois Tech President Alan Cramb, Dean Harold J. Krent, and the USPTO’s Jennifer McDowell.¬†Also in attendance was Professor Edward Lee (far right), director of Chicago-Kent’s intellectual property program.