World IP Day 2019

Happy World IP Day from JWTH, where every day is IP Day!

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day delves into the world of sports and takes a closer look at how intellectual property (IP) rights – patentstrademarksdesignscopyright and related rights, and even plant variety protection (think turf on sports pitches) – support the global sports ecosystem, a unique landscape the brings together multiple players with overlapping interests.

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Legleiter Attends LES Research Triangle Park Chapter Meeting on Public-Private Partnerships

JWTH partner Leon Legleiter recently attended the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Research Triangle Park Chapter meeting.  The topic, “A New Approach to Public Private Partnerships to Solve Challenging Societal Issues”, was presented by Mary Napier and Brian Johns.  Specifically, Ms. Napier and Mr. Johns discussed the public-private partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2015 with the sole goal of finding a cure for HIV.  The partnership resulted in the formation of the UNC HIV Cure Center.  In 2018, GSK’s HIV Discovery Performance Unit merged with the ViiV Healthcare Discovery Unit and ViiV has since assumed the roles and responsibilities handled by GSK.  This partnership continues its work in finding a cure for HIV and, in the process, making a lasting societal impact.

Ms. Napier is the Director of Operations for the HIV Cure Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Mr. Johns is the VP of External Discovery Sciences at ViiV Healthcare.

JWTH is a proud Annual Sponsor of the LES Research Triangle Park Chapter.


Gov. Roy Cooper Proclaims “North Carolina Paralegal Day”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed March 22nd as “North Carolina Paralegal Day”.  This is well-deserved recognition for all of the hard-working and dedicated paralegal professionals across the State.  As the saying goes, “behind every successful attorney, is a strong and effective paralegal”.  This is so true.

At JWTH, we are honored to have some of the finest intellectual property paralegals out there.  The level of skill and expertise they possess is amazing enough, but it is their level of dedication in supporting our attorneys and working to help clients achieve their goals and objectives, that puts them in a whole other class of professionals.  We work with clients all across the globe, so this is not always a 9-5 job.  The stakes are high and the pressure can be intense, but our paralegals work doggedly to help our attorneys to consistently put out high-quality work, day or night, weekday or weekend, whenever the need arises.  They take great pride in what they do and it shows.  Their high level of integrity and competence is inspiring and we are forever grateful for who they are and all that they do.  Our paralegals are a key ingredient in the success we enjoy as a Firm.

Today, and every day, we say “thank you” to all of the wonderful paralegals in North Carolina and beyond.

JWTH Members Attend Knowledgeable Network of Women (KNOW) Luncheon

JWTH employees are passionate about engaging in the local business community.  Today, members of our team enjoyed the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce KNOW Luncheon (Knowledgeable Network of Women) at Brier Creek Country Club.  Barbara Hemphill gave an inspirational talk entitled “How to Spark Joy at Work: A 5-Step Process to Increase Profit, Productivity and Peace of Mind”.

The KNOW Luncheon Series provides professional development and networking opportunities for women in business, regardless of position or industry, while delivering relevant content that is designed to be educational, inspirational, and encouraging.

Pictured: (left to right) Front row:  Shelley Youmans, Connie Chia, Erika Ouellette, Christi Butner, Shay Anderson, Stacie Boswell, Diane Busch.  Back row:  Matt Browning, Arles Taylor, Rebecca Leonard, Shandon Herring, Kirby Turner.

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JWTH Becomes Premier Partner of The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development CEDJenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt is proud to announce that it is now a Premium Partner of The Council for Entrepreneurial Development(CED), a leading nonprofit organization in the Triangle that connects entrepreneurial companies to high-value resources to enable faster business growth.  JWTH Partner Greg Hunt commented on the Firm’s decision to engage with CED:

We are glad to renew our relationship with CED and we look forward to working with entrepreneurs to further business development in our area.

Since 1984, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has cultivated the entrepreneurial ecosystem, turning the Triangle into a leading hub for company growth and success. With more than 400 active companies, its expansive membership of industry veterans, successful innovators and enterprising startups comprises the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country.

2019 AUTM Annual Meeting Is A Wrap!

autm conferenceJenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt recently attended AUTM’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.  AUTM (, or the Association of University Technology Managers, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy.  This year’s annual meeting saw record attendance from technology transfer and intellectual property professionals from across the globe.

JWTH partners Arles Taylor, Leon Legleiter and Matt Browning were honored to have the opportunity to attend the meeting this year to further develop relationships with valued clients and colleagues in this important sector.  It is clear that the university technology transfer community is as strong as ever, and JWTH is excited to be a part of it.

Three JWTH Attorneys To Attend AUTM 2019 Meeting

Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt has a long-standing relationship with AUTM, previously known as the “Association of University Technology Managers”. The meaningful work that AUTM members do transform lives every day. These are the people that turn ideas into opportunities, which result in new products for the betterment of humankind the world over, while driving millions of dollars of economic development.

On February 10th – 13th, Partners Matthew Browning, Leon R. Legleiter, Ph.D., and Arles A. Taylor, Jr. will attend the 2019 AUTM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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AUTM has in excess of 3,000 members globally, who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses, and governmental organizations.

JWTH included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2019

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Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A. is proud to announce that it has been included in The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2019 as a Tier 1 Patent firm in the Raleigh metro area. Each year U.S. News & Best Lawyers releases its list for the best ranked attorneys and firms across the country.

Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, located in Morrisville, NC, was established in 1984 and specializes in providing intellectual property counseling and services to clients with respect to patent, trademark, and copyright law. The firm’s attorneys and patent agents have extensive expertise in preparing and prosecuting applications across a broad spectrum of areas, including: biotechnology, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical technologies, and medical devices. The firm represents U.S. and foreign clients, including large corporations and research universities as well as small businesses. A primary objective of the firm is to provide high-quality patent legal services in a cost-efficient and expeditious manner.

Learn more about our areas of expertise or contact us for more information.

JWTH to Support ECU’s Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge

Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt announced its participation in the second annual Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, the signature pitch competition of East Carolina University’s Miller School of Entrepreneurship. The three-round contest is open to any ECU student enrolled in the 2018-19 academic year, as well as alumni who have an ECU-enrolled student on the team. More than $70,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services will be awarded.

For its part, Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt will provide trademark search and registration services for the top placements in the Pirate Challenge.  The value of services provided total $9,000.

“We find value and satisfaction in playing a small role in helping these young entrepreneurs develop their ideas.  We are honored to have this opportunity and we appreciate our partnership with ECU,” says Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt Partner, Arles Taylor.

“At the Miller School of Entrepreneurship, we’re trying to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that produces innovators, business leaders and employers that impact not only eastern North Carolina but the entire state,” says Dr. Mike Harris, director for the Miller School of Entrepreneurship. “We’re very excited to have Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt participate in this year’s challenge. Their expertise will be invaluable to this year’s winner.”

Round one will take place Oct. 23rd, 2018, 12-2 p.m. in the brickyard between Joyner Library and Mendenhall Student Center nearly 100 student teams are already registered for round one. Round two takes place Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at the ECU Heart Institute. The final round will be held in ECU’s Murphy Center during February’s National Entrepreneurship Week February 21st 6:00-8:30.

For more information about the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit

About Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt

Established in 1984, Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt is a specialized law practice devoted exclusively to providing intellectual property counseling and services to clients with respect to patent, trademark, and copyright law.

Located in the renowned Research Triangle area of North Carolina, the firm offers intellectual property representation to prominent corporations and research universities worldwide.

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JWTH Sponsors the 9th NU Tech Roundtable

JWTH is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Technology Roundtable hosted by Nagoya University (NU) on October 23, 2018 in Research Triangle Park (RTP).   Two of NU’s strongest research fields, agriculture and biotechnology, have been chosen as the focus of this event.  The Technology Roundtable Series is an annual joint technology marketing effort by NU and its US technology transfer office, Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech), in cooperation with local universities around RTP.

Registration for this event is complimentary.  To view the list of speakers and topics and to register click here.