ATLANTA (June 2, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with a 2020 Patent Pro Bono Law Firm and Corporate Achievement Certificate. Additionally, two of SGR’s Intellectual Property Practice attorneys, Gregory Kirsch and Thomas Wiseman have been individually recognized with 2020 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates. The Achievement Certificates are presented in recognition of individuals and law firms who reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program.
The goal of the Patent Pro Bono Program is to match volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. SGR was one of more than 25 corporations and law firms recognized in 2020. Mr. Kirsch and Mr. Wiseman were among the more than 100 volunteer patent practitioners recognized for individual pro bono achievement.
Greg Kirsch, partner and head of SGR’s Intellectual Property Practice, serves as patent counsel to clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups, as well as universities. His practice encompasses the entire range of patent law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions (infringement, validity and patentability), post grant proceedings, licensing, as well as patent litigation.
Tom Wiseman is counsel in SGR’s Washington, D.C. Intellectual Property Practice. His practice is primarily devoted to client counseling and patent prosecution, including interferences and reexaminations, in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical arts. Mr. Wiseman has been recognized multiple times with a Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate by the USPTO.
The continued efforts of patent practitioners across the country have strengthened the success of the Patent Pro Bono Program since 2015. To date, more than 1,800 patent professionals have volunteered their time and resources to help make the Patent Pro Bono Program a success.
About the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program
Established under the 2011 America Invents Act, the Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Each regional program provides services for residents of one or more states. For more information on participating or volunteering for the program, visit the Patent Pro Bono section of the USPTO website at www.uspto.gov.
About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 250 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.