Inventors and small businesses that meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria may be eligible for free legal assistance in preparing and filing a patent application. The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection.
Illinois USPTO Pro Bono Program: Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. SCORE represents the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.
500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150
Chicago, IL, 60661
Or, get connected to a SCORE mentor anywhere in the U.S. by expertise/industry.