Pro Bono Program

Free and reduced-rate services are core to our Access to Innovation commitment.


We believe that Access to Innovation should be a right, not a privilege.

About the Program

Advisory Report

Qualifying Micro Entities receive free advisory consultation and reports on their innovation concept.

Advisory Details

Reduced Rates.

Following the USPTO fee structure, we grant substantial discounts to individuals and organizations based on their classification:

Small Entity: 50% reduction on hourly rate and most service fees.

Micro-Entity: 75% reduction on hourly rate and most service fees.

Entity Definitions.

In accordance with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) status classes, the Nikola Institute follows a simplified three-tiered entity status system. The purpose is to maintain financial accessibility of innovation services, as defined in our Access to Innovation Program. See also: USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program.


Typically an individual or new company. Eligible for no-fee Advisory Report, consultation, and 75% fee reduction on most services.

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Small Entity

Typically a small company with fewer than 500 employees. Eligible for 50% fee reduction on most services.

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Regular Status

Any entity which does not qualify for “Small” or “Micro” status does not qualify for pro bono fee reduction.

Our Principles.

Supporting and caring for innovators, from start to finish.

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The Nikola Institute provides education, advice, and commercialization assistance to innovators of new consumer products.

Speak With an Expert

Free advice and report available through our Access to Innovation pro bono program.

    Pro bono assistanceProduct testingProduct developmentProduct marketingOther

    Physical productMobile appOther

    Our Innovation Coordinator will contact you by email or phone to provide product development and commercialization options.