Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce that the firm has received the Artistic License Award from the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA). The award recognizes Fish’s pro bono work protecting intellectual property on behalf of low-income artists, inventors and entrepreneurs in California. Since the creation of the California Inventors Assistance Program in early 2013, Fish attorneys have devoted over 1800 hours, worth more than $750,000, on 49 pro bono matters for 37 clients.
CLA empowers and strengthens the creative community by providing legal education, representation and dispute resolution to artist groups throughout California. The Artistic License Award was established in 2008 by CLA’s board of directors to recognize people and organizations whose acts of generosity and examples of innovation serve the community in extraordinary ways.
CLA presented Fish & Richardson with the Artistic License Award at a reception in Los Angeles, where the firm also received recognition from the City of Los Angeles, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly. Other honorees of the award included the Actor’s Gang and California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez.
Last year, Fish attorneys donated over 10,000 pro bono hours representing clients in need of legal representation. To encourage pro bono participation, the firm provides full hours credit for approved pro bono matters.