Policy and Advocacy Pro Bono International Resource Guide Print Page Page Image Do you need pro bono assistance from a trademark lawyer? INTA has launched a pilot pro bono clearinghouse to connect those in need of trademark legal support with available trademark lawyers. The initial pilot program is currently accepting a limited number of submissions focusing on trademark matters falling within the United States. To learn more about the pro bono clearinghouse click here. If you have a trademark legal issue in the United States and are in need of assistance, or for more information about the program and its eligibility requirements, please email Stacey Sutton, Associate, Member Acquisition, at email@example.com. In addition, please see the below "International Pro Bono Resource Guide," which highlights a wealth of assistance available now through pro bono organizations in a variety of countries. International Pro Bono Resource Guide Search for Pro Bono Organizations: Australia Belgium France Germany Hong Kong SAR, China Italy Netherlands Peru Poland Singapore Spain Switzerland Thailand United Kingdom United States OrganizationWebsite (Contact) AustraliaCentre for Asia-Pacific Pro Bonohttp://www.cappb.org/The CAPPB is a clearing house that seeks to maych requests for pro bono assistance from orginizations (including governments) in the Asia-Pacific region with appropriate international pro bono legal service providers in Australia.Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC)http://www.pilch.org.au/hplc/Pro bono general free legal services to the homeless or people at risk of homelessness.Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS)http://www.piac.asn.au/campaigns/homeless-persons-legal-serviceGeneral free legal services to homeless through a human rights framework.Law Society of New South Wales Pro Bono Schemehttp://www.lawsociety.com.au/community/findingalawyer/probono/This is a clearing house that can put people in contact with law firms willing to provide general legal services for free/reduced fees. National Association of Community Legal Centreshttp://www.naclc.org.au/CLCs are independently operation not-for-profit community organizations that provide general legal and related services to the public, focusing on the disadvantaged and people with special needs. National Network of Women's Legal Serviceshttp://www.nwjc.org.au/The NWJC is a coalition of organizations and individuals which aims to promote women's equality before the law in Australia. National Pro Bono Resource Centrehttp://www.nationalprobono.org.au/National Pro Bono Resource Centre is a clearing house that provides general pro bono legal services to lawyers, law firms and the community sector.Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Incorporatedhttp://www.qpilch.org.au/QPILCH is a clearing house that provides general pro bono legal services for individuals and community groups. The Law Society Northern Territoryhttp://lawsocietynt.asn.au/for-the-community/pro-bono-clearing-houseThe Law Society Northern Territory is a clearing house that provides a full general range of services to solicitors (particularly members).Victorian Bar Pro Bono Schemehttp://www.vicbar.com.au/The Victorian Bar is a private, voluntary, self-funded, non-profit professional association that provides general legal representation without fear/favour to the community. (Hidden) Pro Bono Spotlights Rick Biagi, Bugles Across America Jamie Vining, Friedland Vining in Miami Thomas J. Treutler, Tilleke & Gibbins in Vietnam Tania Liberman and Rafael Pessoa, Koury Lopes Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil Susan Neuberger Weller, Mintz Levin in Washington D.C. Jaime Vining, Friedland Vining in Miami INTA Pro Bono Commitee Koury Lopes Advogados Kathleen Lemieux, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP Kangxin Partners, P.C., China Jennifer Mikulina, McDermott Will & Emery Loreto Bresky, Alessandri Abogados, Santiago, Chile Iris V. Quadrio, Buenos Aires, Argentina Jonathan Jennings, Lawyers for the Creative Arts Chris Bennett, HEROS Alaine Doolan, Ability Beyond Disability Rick Biagi, Bugles Across America 2015 Winners of the Pro Bono Volunteer Service Awards Congratulations to our winners! Pro Bono Services Provided by Individuals: Jennifer Mikulina of McDermott Will & Emery LLP In the past year, Ms. Mikulina has worked with The Health Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that seeks to create a healthier school environment for students. Ms. Mikulina has worked specifically to protect its valuable FIT TO LEARN and COOKING UP CHANGE trademarks. She has enforced the trademark rights against unauthorized third party use and provided copyright and trademark counseling. Additionally, Ms. Mikulina has worked with the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI)—formerly the CFIDS Association of America—a leading organization focused on myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She advised them on their rebranding campaign, new logo, and counseled them on how to use and protect their trademark property. Pro Bono Services Provided by an Organization: Simmons & Simmons LLP Simmons & Simmons LLP has a strong culture of corporate responsibility, resulting in wide-ranging pro bono activities. In 2015, the firm expanded the pro bono work they do, and sought to innovate their pro bono delivery, effectively overcoming some of the barriers to performing pro bono in the UK. For example, the firm has fostered partnerships with agencies to provide pro bono legal services to smaller clients that were previously difficult to access. The Simmons & Simmons IP Group in London is at the forefront of the firm’s pro bono engagement and is particularly active in providing pro bono support for the arts and indigent individuals and groups in the creative field. As a member of the Queen Mary University Legal Advice Centre “Law for the Arts” program, IP lawyers from the firm supervise Queen Mary University law students in providing advice to young artists and designers with their IP related issues. Also in the field of the arts, the Simmons & Simmons IP team provided pro bono advice and support to the London Mozart Players, Frieze Art Fairs, the Centre for Recent Drawing and the English National Ballet. The firm’s IP team has also provided substantial pro bono IP support for a number of environmental organizations, including The Rainforest Foundation, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor and Global Action Plan. How to win a Volunteer Service Award for Legal Pro Bono Know of a member on your committee whose tireless efforts have led to the advancement of trademark-related pro bono? Nominate him/her for the Pro Bono Volunteer Services Award. Nominations will be solicited in July-August. Two Pro Bono Volunteer Service Awards will be given: 1. The INTA Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by an Individual Awarded to one or more individuals who have shown a significant commitment to providing trademark and related intellectual property pro bono legal services in support of (a) persons of limited means or other disadvantaged persons; (b) charitable, religious, civic, community and educational organizations that address the needs of persons of limited means or disadvantaged persons; or (c) government or judicial organizations. 2. The INTA Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by a Member Organization Awarded to one or more member organizations that have demonstrated a significant development or expansion of programs for providing trademark and related Intellectual Property pro bono services during the previous year.