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Intellectual Property Seminar Series: Patent Pro Bono Program
Fri, April 28, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Are you an inventor, a student, or a small business owner who has limited resources and needs help applying for a patent on an invention? If so, you may be eligible to receive pro bono ("for free") attorney representation through the nationwide Pro Bono Program. Collaborating with the USPTO and the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, the Georgia Tech PTRC, Georgia Tech Library is organizing this seminar on Pro Bono program. Please join Mr. Grant Corboy, a patent attorney from the USPTO, and Ms. Meredith Ragains, an attorney from the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, for an overview of the patent Pro Bono program and for a discussion on how to obtain help in preparing and filing your patent application.
Patent Pro Bono Program:
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts: http://glarts.org/patents/
Do you want to hear a real life story about patent pro bono program? Read this article: Two Minutes to Sushi Success, in the April 2017 issue of Inventors Eye (http://tinyurl.com/lww55yf)
Mr. William Grant Corboy III joined the Office of Enrollment Discipline (OED) as a Patent Attorney in 2016. As a member of the Patent Pro Bono Team, he is dedicated to making sure that all inventors have access to the patent system, including those who are financially under-resourced. In addition to his Patent Pro Bono responsibilities, Mr. Corboy also serves as a Staff Attorney investigating discipline and enrollment matters. Mr. Corboy was a Primary Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and, prior to joining the USPTO in 2010, he worked for fifteen years in industry as a design engineer, project manager and government contracts manager with DuPont and Lockheed Martin.
Mr. Corboy is a member of the Maryland bar, and he is registered to practice before the USPTO. He graduated, cum laude, from The University of Baltimore School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Ms. Meredith Ragains, Esq. is the executive director of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and she coordinates referrals on behalf of those artists with a roster of over 500 volunteer attorneys, whose valued time of pro bono assistance per year exceeds $1,000,000. Meredith also manages the extern program of law school students attending Emory, Georgia State, and the University of Georgia. Additionally, she coordinates seminars and workshops for artists and arts organizations on legal and business-related topics.
Meredith attended Mercer University Law School where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and clerked for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. After her clerkship, she practiced law in the Atlanta office of the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., where she focused on complex business litigation. In 2009, Meredith received an award by the State Bar of Georgia’s Pro Bono Project for her outstanding work with pro bono clients.
Friday, April 28, 10-11 a.m.
Georgia Tech Library, Wilby Room, Ground Floor
266 4th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332
Wilby room floor plan is here:
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Given the special situation on highways, we encourage you to use public transportation. If taking MARTA, you can get off at the Mid-Town station, and from there catch the free Tech Trolley to the transit hub (last stop). The library building is nearby.