Intellectual Property Seminar Series: Filing Patents

A patent is an exclusive right to a product or a process that generally provides a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. Unfortunately, filing a patent can be very expensive. Is there a way to get your invention protected for less money? Please join Mr. Grant Corboy, a patent attorney from the USPTO for a talk on how to obtain free legal assistance through a special program designed to help under-resourced inventors and small business.

Mr. Corboy will cover these topics:

- How to apply to the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program for help in preparing, filing and prosecuting your patent application

- How to prepare a thorough provisional patent application 

- How to file an application efficiently


William Grant Corboy III

Mr. Corboy 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. 


Seminar Location:

Georgia Tech Library, Wilby Room, Ground Floor

266 4th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332

The Homer Rice Center location can be found on this floor plan:

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Event Details


  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Georgia Tech Library Ground Floor, Wilby Room

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