Robert Rehm Selected to Serve on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Pro Bono Advisory Council

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Robert Rehm, an attorney in Smith Anderson’s Intellectual Property practice group, has been selected to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Pro Bono Advisory Council, a committee of practitioners that provides support and guidance to, and facilitates various aspects of, the USPTO's Pro Bono Patent Program.

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The Pro Bono Patent Program commenced in early 2014 as part of the America Invents Act with the goal of providing free legal assistance to under-resourced inventors interested in securing patent protection for their inventions. At the national level, the Pro Bono Advisory Council collaborates with local intellectual property law associations to establish pro bono legal programs to assist financially-under-resourced inventors and small businesses in pursuing and securing patent protection for their inventions and discoveries.

About Robert Rehm
Robert Rehm practices primarily in the areas of technology licensing and commercialization and the acquisition, licensing, and protection of intellectual property rights. His experience includes drafting and negotiating a wide variety of license, assignment, confidentiality, joint venture, alliance, and other types of collaborative agreements directed to technology commercialization; prosecution and defense of trademark registration applications and related appeals and opposition proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and World Intellectual Property Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and copyright registration applications before the United States Copyright Office. For more information, please visit Robert’s bio on

About Smith Anderson
Since our founding in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to more than 120 attorneys and is the largest law firm headquartered in North Carolina’s world renowned Research Triangle area. We serve clients ranging in size from large public companies to emerging growth businesses, providing a full range of legal services to assist our clients in accomplishing their goals. The knowledge and experience of our attorneys make us well-positioned to handle the litigation and business matters that our clients face. For more information, please visit