Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) Joins Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)


Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) Joins the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
New option allows participants to support low income inventors

Assisting low-income inventors and entrepreneurs through the Pro Bono Advisory Council (PBAC), a 501(c)(3) corporation (CFC #23695), just got easier. The Council supports the IAP which provides pro bono – free – legal services to qualified inventors.

Former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, says: “The IAP requires our support through funding to maintain its invaluable efforts. I urge federal employees and retirees to include the PBAC in your annual giving. I also ask the non-federal employee intellectual property community to support the IAP through your contributions directly to the PBAC, as I myself do.”

The PBAC was created by Kappos, along with fellow board members James Patterson (patent attorney,  Patterson Thuente IP in Minneapolis), Warren Tuttle (president of the United Inventors Association), and other leaders in the field of intellectual property law.

Minnesota inventor Travis Kelley patented his Cheatah door leveling tool through the IAP. Kelley says: “I owe my success to the IAP and I encourage everyone, especially those in the innovation community, to support it with a generous contribution. Because of the critical help provided by the IAP, I now have two US utility patents, received the Minnesota SBA Young Entrepreneur of the year award and my company was nominated to be one of Minnesota Business magazine’s Most Successful Companies in 2017. Your contribution to the Council is critical to the thousands of American innovators of limited means who need patent protection so they too can bring much needed innovations to the people of the world.”

Federal employees and retirees may make a CFC donation to PBAC here: Non-CFC donations may be made at For further information please contact [email protected].


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