Upcoming Events

February 23, 2018

6th Annual IP Spring Gala

The IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia cordially invites you and a guest to attend the 6th Annual IP Spring Gala honoring the judiciary.  This year’s theme is “Reinventing Hollywood: How Georgia is Changing the Game.”

When:  Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Where:  Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Free parking available for all attendees)

Click here to register for this program.


4 – 5 p.m. | CLE

5:30  – 7 p.m. | Cocktail Hour

7 – 9 p.m. | Dinner

Sit-down dinner with a light program featuring guest speaker Jeffrey Stepakoff, Executive Director of the Georgia Film Academy.

The program will also include the presentation of the IP Section Annual Scholarship to a worthy law student focusing on a career in IP and attending a law school located in Georgia.





Start: February 23, 2018 4:00 pm
End: February 23, 2018 9:00 pm
Venue: Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30313, United States

February 27, 2018

Patent Pro Bono Opportunity

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

Join fellow members of the State and Atlanta Bar IP Sections for a fun, simple, and no-continuing-obligation pro bono opportunity on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts/Georgia PATENTS’s 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, Feb. 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, not patent eligible, not reduced 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 satisfy 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: Feb. 27) to volunteer and let us know the amount of time you can give (and specific time-slots, if necessary). Once we have volunteers and GLA coordinates inventor-attendees, we will assign cases to each group of lawyers/patent agents.

In order to assist in the scheduling, we ask that you let us know ASAP if you want to participate in this fabulous opportunity.



Start: February 27, 2018 2:00 pm
End: February 27, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: King Plow Arts Center
Atlanta, GA, United States

March 23, 2018 – March 24, 2018

IP Law Moot Court Competition — Judges/Graders Needed

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) returns for the Southeastern Regional Competition of its prestigious Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition for law students. The competition is one of the premier national moot court competitions for law students interested in intellectual property law. The competition annually receives over 60 applications from two-student teams from across the country that are narrowed down to 10 teams (2 from each region) to compete in the national championship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Finalists of the National Competition receive cash prizes and the honor of arguing before Federal Circuit judges. 

The Southeastern Regional Competition will take place on March 23-24, 2018 at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Teams from across the southeast, including Georgia State University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and others, will be competing. A copy of the problem statement and details about the competition can be found at http://www.aipla.org/resources2/programs/Pages/Moot-Court-Competition.aspx. This year’s problem statement involves an appeal from a decision by the District Court for the District of Oceana. The issues on appeal are the obviousness of the University of Neptune’s School of Medicine’s patent directed to a method for translating human thoughts into text, a related breach of contract claim, and whether the federal court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1338 when the patent issue is not the primary issue in the case.

Those interested in contributing can grade briefs between Feb. 10, 2018, and March 9, 2018, (a bench brief and grading key will be provided) and/or judge oral arguments on March 23-24, 2018, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. If you are interested in helping—or if you have any questions about the competition—please contact the regional co-chairs Elizabeth Lester at 404.885.8625 or elizabeth.lester@equifax.comKarissa Blyth at 404.853.8012 or karissablyth@eversheds-sutherland.com, and Pharan Evans at 404-885-2631 orpharan.evans@troutman.com. Your help and support are greatly appreciated.

This will be the fourth time Atlanta hosts the recently formed Southeastern Regional Competition, which is only possible with the support of the Atlanta intellectual property law community. That support included the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta IP Inn of Court, the Georgia State University Intellectual Property Advisory Board, leaders from a number of law firms and corporations, about a dozen regional law schools, and many others. We thank our many volunteers last year for your support in making this a premier competition and look forward to working with you again this year.


Start: March 23, 2018
End: March 24, 2018