Who We Are
In 2014, GLA established a separate program, PATENTS, to offer assistance to Georgia and South Carolina inventors. PATENTS stands for Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors. Georgia PATENTS helps solo inventors, non-profits, and small businesses find patent agents and attorneys to help draft and file patents on a pro bono basis.
Why We Exist
In 2011, Congress passed comprehensive patent reform, known as the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA changed the United States from a “first to invent” system to a “first inventor to file” system, a system that undoubtably favors large corporations and experienced inventors. To help offset any harm to solo inventors and small businesses, Congress directed the United States Patent & Trademark Office to help establish pro bono patent programs across the country. Here in Georgia, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts decided to work with the USPTO to reach Georgia inventors.
Why Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
For more than 40 years, GLA has been working to provide free legal assistance to artists and arts organizations throughout Georgia who would otherwise be unable to afford the help they need. As an organization already attuned to the needs of those seeking to protect intellectual property, GLA saw the USPTO’s Inventor Assistance Program as a logical extension of our mission. GLA worked alongside the USPTO to create and fund Georgia PATENTS. We now seek to help all those who practice what the Constitution referred to as “the useful arts and sciences.”
Who We Serve
Georgia PATENTS is open to Georgia and South Carolina solo inventors, inventors working for a Georgia and South Carolina non-profit (except educational institutions or research facilities), and some Georgia/South Carolina-based small businesses. Specific qualifications are listed on the inventor information page. Placement with a Patent Agent or Attorney will be at the sole discretion of the program administrator.
Why We Also Serve South Carolina
The USPTO is working with non-profit groups across the country to provide assistance to inventors in every state. Georgia PATENTS is currently assisting South Carolina inventors to help fill a gap created by a lack of pro-bono legal services in that state.