The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recognized Lowenstein Sandler and three team members from the firm’s Patent Counseling & Prosecution group for their proven commitment to pro bono work.

At the Utah IP Summit sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar, Kevin O. Grange accepted Patent Pro Bono Certificates of Recognition certificates for the firm, Sam Noel, Spencer Thevenin, and himself. Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO, presented the awards. Only one other firm and two other practitioners received this recognition at the state bar event.

USPTO presents the certificates to attorneys and patent agents who donate 50 or more hours to a pro bono patent program. The team was recognized for the extensive services they have provided through MiCasa Resource Center’s ProBoPat program in Denver, CO.

In 2017, Lowenstein’s Utah office began accepting pro bono patent cases through ProBoPat, a program launched in response to the 2011 America Invents Act, which encourages the USPTO to “work with and support ... the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.” Through ProBoPat, qualified inventors who are residents of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming receive patent preparation and prosecution legal services.

Lowenstein attorneys have met with inventors, performed prior art searches, and prepared utility and design patent applications for inventors in the Mountain West through ProBoPat. This is the third year that Grange and Noel have been individually recognized.