Jay Erstling was named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year

Visiting Professor Jay Erstling was recently named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year for his work creating a patent pro bono program that helps low-income independent inventors obtain patent protection for their inventions. The program, which is called the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, was the first of its kind in the United States. With the help of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, It is now being expanded to provide legal representation to low-income inventors throughout the country. Jay Erstling is a professor on the faculty of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and he is also Of Counsel at the Minneapolis intellectual property law firm of Patterson Thuente Pedersen.