USPTO’s Pro Bono Program helps solve inventor’s quest for a patent that ‘was going to be impossible’

Inventors involved with vehicles, as well as those who deal in electronics and user interfaces, can leverage design patent strategies in their intellectual property portfolios through the USPTO’s Design Webinar Series this month.

With relatively low cost and fast prosecution, design patents add value to any portfolio. Yet design patents are often overlooked when developing patent protection and branding strategies. In addition to the obvious benefits of the relatively low cost and fast prosecution associated with design patents, learn why design patents are a strong value add to any portfolio.

Join Damian Porcari, director of the USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office, a panel of design examiners, patent experts in the Midwest region, and other leading designers in the vehicles industry to discuss the role and value of design patents. The free event is June 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.

Speakers will cover: 

  • Challenges and nuances in protecting different types of vehicles
  • Benefits design patents provide in vehicles and other components

To register:

Join Stephen Koziol, acting regional director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office, a panel of design examiners, patent experts in the Silicon Valley region, and other leading designers to discuss electronics and user interfaces at the free June 17 webinar from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.

Speakers will cover: 

  • Nuances in protecting electronics and user interfaces, particularly in view of new and emerging aspects of these technologies
  • Graphical user interfaces, animation, virtual reality, and more
  • The benefits of design patents in various industries

To register:

Registration information will be available soon for Invention-Con 2021, a chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property professionals to learn from top government and private sector experts. See for details.

June is LGBT Pride Month. For information on USPTO programs, go to

Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) honorees are open until July 30. The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, awarded by the president of the United States to America’s leading innovators. See

Visit for many other opportunities to attend free virtual events and/or training.