Legal Assistance Volunteers For Patent Applicants

Pro Bono Support for Under-Resourced Inventors

Legal Assistance Volunteers for Patent Applicants (“LAVPA”) is a program created by the Tennessee Bar Association to provide pro bono legal support for qualifying independent inventors in Tennessee.  Through LAVPA, volunteer attorneys provide qualified clients with assistance in preparing and filing provisional and non-provisional patent applications at no charge for inventors that could otherwise not afford their services.

LAVPA grew out of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA encouraged the USPTO to “work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.” The nationwide pro bono program, built on individual state and regional projects, has been established as a result of the Obama Administration’s executive action for the USPTO to assist innovators by expanding the pro bono program.

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