With patent in hand, it’s time bring the invention to market, . . . but what now?
Having a business plan is smart, but without research and protection of what the invention is called or the material used to market it, there is the danger of infringing on another person's trademark or copyright or someone else may like the name so well that they use it for their product. Rather than waste valuable resources trying to undo either one of these scenarios, it is best to learn how to protect the "business side" of the invention with a trademark and copyright and avoid infringing on another person's trademark or copyright.
Matthew Goings & Jayma Leath, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.
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. The program seeks to help solo inventors, non-profits, and small businesses find patent agents and attorneys to help file patents on a pro bono basis.
Matthew Goings is the Director of Operations of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and is handling the technical aspects of GLA's operations, providing in-house legal services, and assisting the management of the legal externs. Matthew is also a solo practitioner in Intellectual Property and business law with his firm, Goings Legal.
Matthew, a UGA grad, studied at Georgia State University College of Law where he focused his studies on Intellectual Property. Matthew’s lifelong affinity and passion for music guided him to GLA and his love of emerging technology urged him to build his solo practice to assist entrepreneurs.
Jayma Leath, Legael Fellow with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. While in Charleston, she co-owned and operated several businesses before attending law school. Components of each business were regulated by various government agencies, and Jayma found that she spent as much time learning about government regulations and compliance as she did running the day-to-day business operations.
"When you have a business, it isn't enough to understand the ins and outs of running the business; you also need to understand how to protect the business from legal issues. If you don't, you might find yourself in the thick of things, and sometimes that's too late to dig your way out."
Realizing other business owners must face the same concerns, Jayma decided to earn her law degree and combine her business background with legal knowledge and help other entrepreneurs navigate through their business, trademark, and copyright issues. After law school, Jayma relocated to Atlanta and works at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts helping to place low-income creatives with pro bono attorneys.