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Why Help?

Hoosier Focus

With the USPTO's backing, PatentConnect is in a unique position to help pair attorneys with local inventors. If you're going to help, why not help your neighbor.

Rewarding

While inventors are always grateful for help, the broader legal community is also beginning to stress the importance of pro bono services. Many firms not only allow for its inclusion in annual billable hours requirements, but many state bars allow for it to count towards your CLE. To further recognize those involved with the program, we will also maintain a public roster of all the Hoosier attorneys that wish to be listed (coming soon).

Future Business

While these inventors cannot afford your services today, they may be able to in the future. In addition, simply networking with local inventors in our system could help provide a window into other communities of local entrepreneurs.

Easy

PatentConnect's innovative platform makes it simple to find the right client. The Center for Intellectual Property Research at Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) will not only match you with a client that fits your background, but we have also built a vibrant marketplace where you can proactively select the client when the time is right for you. Additionally, these inventors are often better prepared than most solo inventors because we require them to complete a USPTO patent prosecution training module before granting access to either program.

No Strings

Even after registering with PatentConnect, you are under no obligation to participate. You decide if and when you will represent an inventor, and you will remain anonymous to the inventors until confirming your wish to represent them. Moreover, we will keep the emails to a minimum: No more than two contacts per year or one contact every two months.

How it Works

Register

Register

Register

Register

It only takes a few seconds to register with PatentConnect. Once we have verified that you are in good standing with the patent bar - and state bar, if relevant - we'll provide you with full access to PatentConnect. Please register now whether or not you anticipate being able to take on pro bono inquiries immediately.

Connect

Connect

Connect

Connect

You can connect with inventors through our Matching program or through the Marketplace. Under the Matching program, we will screen all inquiries and email you when we have a pro bono client that fits your background. We have also developed an innovative Marketplace where you can proactively seek out inventors, including some who do not qualify for our Matching program but nevertheless may be in the market for reduced-fee patent services or other types of alternative billing arrangements.

Assisst

Assist

Assisst

Assist

Both programs are largely directed at providing pro bono patent prosecution services, such as basic counseling, drafting patent applications, and responding to office actions. However, it is entirely up to you decide the scope of your relationship with the inventor.

Connect!

As the name implies, we're here to make connecting with local inventors easy. Whether it's through the Matching or Marketplace programs, we've already collected the inventor's initial information for you. In addition to its collection, the Marketplace also automatically sorts the inventors by need and fit for your background. It couldn't be easier! Here's a small sample:

Practice Area: Consumer or Household Goods
Practice Area: Consumer or Household Goods
Description
Background
Inventor
Notes
Title

Tamper-resistant Air Inflation Valve for Inflatable Athletic Equipment

Detailed Description

The present invention relates to an apparatus for preventing the alteration of air pressure in inflatable athletic equipment (e.g., footballs). This improvement seeks to prevent unfair advantages gained by circumventing processes designed to regulate the air pressure in such devices. The invention operates by locking the airflow valve so as to prevent tampering by athletes or other athletic personnel. The locking device functions by sealing the equipment remotely through use of any mobile device. The lock is equipped with Bluetooth so authorized users can set a passcode, which allows users to gain or restrict access by entering a passcode followed by an asterisk (e.g., 45-7* or XLIX*). Access can be granted by any connected device, so destroying a connected device (e.g., mobile phone) will not allow a tamperer circumvent the system.

Application

No

Prior Art Search

Yes

Assignment

No

Commercialization Plan

Yes

Other Disclosures

Yes

I have approached one professional football league about implementing the invention. In response, the league agreed to use footballs with my invention in certain pre-season games during August of 2015. All involved parties, including league officials, referees, players, coaches, and associated staff have signed confidentiality agreements that preclude them from discussing the invention publicly.

Jeff Furminger

500 South Capital Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Inventor@patentconnect.org

(317) 555-3715

Poverty Level Thresholds
July 25, 2015

The inventor sent the Center for Intellectual Property Research a message indicating that he received a complaint from the quarterback on one team claiming that the dye used to detect tampering had permanently stained his newest championship shirt and that his celebrity wife was not happy about it, although she did appreciate the irony of it.

Aug 30, 2015

The Center for Intellectual Property Research received a phone call from the inventor indicating that the feedback from the league commissioner has been overwhelmingly positive. The commissioner's only complaint was that he wished the inventor would have created it sooner, as that would have saved him a lot of headaches.

  • Description
    Title

    Tamper-resistant Air Inflation Valve for Inflatable Athletic Equipment

    Detailed Description

    The present invention relates to an apparatus for preventing the alteration of air pressure in inflatable athletic equipment (e.g., footballs). This improvement seeks to prevent unfair advantages gained by circumventing processes designed to regulate the air pressure in such devices. The invention operates by locking the airflow valve so as to prevent tampering by athletes or other athletic personnel. The locking device functions by sealing the equipment remotely through use of any mobile device. The lock is equipped with Bluetooth so authorized users can set a passcode, which allows users to gain or restrict access by entering a passcode followed by an asterisk (e.g., 45-7* or XLIX*). Access can be granted by any connected device, so destroying a connected device (e.g., mobile phone) will not allow a tamperer circumvent the system.

  • Background
    Application

    No

    Prior Art Search

    Yes

    Assignment

    No

    Commercialization Plan

    Yes

    Other Disclosures

    Yes

    I have approached one professional football league about implementing the invention. In response, the league agreed to use footballs with my invention in certain pre-season games during August of 2015. All involved parties, including league officials, referees, players, coaches, and associated staff have signed confidentiality agreements that preclude them from discussing the invention publicly.

  • Inventor
    Jeff Furminger

    500 South Capital Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46225

    Inventor@patentconnect.org

    (317) 555-3715

    Poverty Level Thresholds
  • Notes
    Aug 30, 2015

    The Center for Intellectual Property Research received a phone call from the inventor indicating that the feedback from the league commissioner has been overwhelmingly positive. The commissioner's only complaint was that he wished the inventor would have created it sooner, as that would have saved him a lot of headaches.

    July 25, 2015

    The inventor sent the Center for Intellectual Property Research a message indicating that he received a complaint from the quarterback on one team claiming that the dye used to detect tampering had permanently stained his newest championship shirt and that his celebrity wife was not happy about it, although she did appreciate the irony of it.

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Practice Area: Mechanical
Practice Area: Mechanical
Description
Background
Inventor
Notes
Title

Chair Thrower

Detailed Description

The present invention relates to an apparatus for preventing the alteration of air pressure in inflatable athletic equipment (e.g., footballs). This improvement seeks to prevent unfair advantages gained by circumventing processes designed to regulate the air pressure in such devices. The invention operates by locking the airflow valve so as to prevent tampering by athletes or other athletic personnel. The locking device functions by sealing the equipment remotely through use of any mobile device. The lock is equipped with Bluetooth so authorized users can set a passcode, which allows users to gain or restrict access by entering a passcode followed by an asterisk (e.g., 45-7* or XLIX*). Access can be granted by any connected device, so destroying a connected device (e.g., mobile phone) will not allow a tamperer circumvent the system.

Application

No

Prior Art Search

Yes

Assignment

No

Commercialization Plan

Yes

Other Disclosures

Yes

I have approached one professional football league about implementing the invention. In response, the league agreed to use footballs with my invention in certain pre-season games during August of 2015. All involved parties, including league officials, referees, players, coaches, and associated staff have signed confidentiality agreements that preclude them from discussing the invention publicly.

Jason Du Mont

1001 E 17th St
Bloomington, IN 47401

chairthrower@patentconnect.org

867-5309

Poverty Level Thresholds
July 25, 2015

The inventor sent the Center for Intellectual Property Research a message indicating that he received a complaint from the quarterback on one team claiming that the dye used to detect tampering had permanently stained his newest championship shirt and that his celebrity wife was not happy about it, although she did appreciate the irony of it.

Aug 30, 2015

The Center for Intellectual Property Research received a phone call from the inventor indicating that the feedback from the league commissioner has been overwhelmingly positive. The commissioner's only complaint was that he wished the inventor would have created it sooner, as that would have saved him a lot of headaches.