The article discusses a variety of opportunities for Michigan intellectual property attorneys to offer pro bono legal services. There are a number of opportunities and organizations that help IP attorneys in the state find pro bono projects that are relevant to their practice, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s pro bono program, the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project and Creative Many Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy program. Brooks Kushman attorneys participate as volunteers in all three programs.
According to the article, “In reality, the need for pro bono representation is as important in IP matters as in other legal issues. Low-income and under-resourced inventors, micro-entrepreneurs, artists, art organizations and other innovators and creative producers are an important part of the fabric of Michigan’s cultural environment and community identity.”
Berry focuses his practice on patent litigation and intellectual property law in the business sector. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project, a regional pro bono resource created pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and also serves as a faculty member of the Patent Resources Group (PRG), a leading provider of legal education programs specializing in patent and intellectual property law.
The full article can be found on the Michigan Bar Journal website here.