Inventors in Minnesota

LegalCORPS’s Inventor Assistance Program is the first program in the United States to provide free legal representation to low-income inventors seeking to patent their innovations with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

To learn how inventors can take part in the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, see Ways We Can Help.

If you are an attorney who would like to be part of the volunteer roster for the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, see How to Volunteer.

Independent inventors fuel innovation that can inspire investment and create new businesses and jobs. The process of securing patent protection poses a major hurdle for independent inventors as they try to turn an idea into a commercially viable product.

The LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program allows Minnesotans with good ideas to overcome at least one of the financial roadblocks to bringing a new innovation to market.

With the assistance of its co-founders — the law firms of Patterson Thuente IP, Lindquist & Vennum and Meyer & Njus — LegalCORPS launched the program in the summer of 2011.  The program was developed under the encouragement of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and with the support of a group of Minnesota corporations and law firms.