Chris Lightner, senior associate with Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property – Mechanical Patents Team, has been honored by Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology with the 2017 “Intellectual Property Community Service Award.”
Sponsored by the IP Sections of the State Bar of Georgia and Atlanta Bar Association, the award recognizes the importance of community service in the legal profession.
Lightner was honored for the significant role he played in launching Georgia PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors) and his ongoing role as a member of the program’s advisory board, as well as for leadership positions he has held locally with legal and community organizations. Georgia PATENTS is a program that connects low-income inventors with volunteer patent prosecution attorneys.
The award is the latest won by Lightner for his community service. Earlier this year, he was recognized by Georgia Lawyers for the Arts as “Volunteer of the Year” for his work with Georgia PATENTS, and in 2015, he was named the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association “Pro Bono Award.”