Attorney Malissa Eng Receives 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

June 2, 2021

Malissa Eng, Fredrikson & Byron Attorney Malissa EngThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has named intellectual property attorney Malissa C. Eng and Fredrikson & Byron as recipients of the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate. The certificate recognizes individuals and law firms that assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses seeking patents.

Eng, a senior associate in the Minneapolis office, was a major contributor to Fredrikson & Byron’s pro bono hours in 2020. She provides services through the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program and is receiving the Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate for the second consecutive year. In Eng’s practice, she drafts and prosecutes patent applications, counsels clients on intellectual property matters, performs due diligence on patent assets, manages global patent portfolios, handles appeals before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) and evaluates freedom-to-operate, invalidity and infringement positions.

Established under the 2011 America Invents Act, the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer practitioners with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. In 2020, the Patent Pro Bono shattered its previous volunteer participation record, as more than 100 patent practitioners and over 25 corporations and law firms reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program. Since 2015, these legal professionals have filed more than 1,500 patent applications on behalf of their pro bono clients.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 300+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.