Patent Pro Bono Opportunity for Patent Prosecution Attorneys & Agents (Feb. 27, 2018)

Join members of the State and Atlanta Bar IP Section for a fun, simple, and no-continuing-obligation pro bono opportunity on Tuesday, February 27, at the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts/Georgia PATENTS Intake Clinic for low-income inventors. You can give 1 or 2 hours, at your choice, and you will be able to review materials in advance of the meeting.

The PATENTS Intake Clinic will be held at GLA’s King Plow Arts Center office on Tuesday, February 27 from 2 - 4 p.m.  Two to three patent attorneys and/or patent agents will be assigned to each client and will conduct a one-hour meeting. Prior to the Clinic, Georgia PATENTS staff will provide all volunteer attorneys with information to conduct a conflicts search as well as an easy to follow checklist/guide to use to during the client meeting. The purposes of the Intake Clinic are to ensure the clients qualify for the Georgia PATENTS Program, answer any general patent questions, explore any issues identified - obviousness, novelty, disclosure, patent eligibility, reduction to practice - and to give direction on the prior art search, if inadequate.  Clients can be assigned "homework" they need to do before they are ready to be placed with an attorney or can be given the thumbs-up for placing with an attorney.  This will be a quick, easy, and gratifying way to provide some pro bono hours! You are not committed to any follow-up after the clinic nor are you committed to represent the client going forward. 

We encourage you to bring along your mentor or mentee for a collaborative pro bono afternoon! 

Please email Chris Lightner at chris.lightner@alston.com and/or Kelly Bray at kellybray@glarts.org (subject: Patents: February 27) to volunteer and let them know the amount of time you can give (and specific time-slots, if necessary). Once they have volunteers and GLA coordinates inventor-attendees, they will assign cases to each group of lawyers/patent agents. 

To assist in the scheduling, please let them know ASAP if you want to participate in this fabulous opportunity.