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.

Leon Legleiter to speak at 2018 UNC-TIBBS Career Blitz

Partner Leon Legleiter will be speaking at UNC Chapel Hill’s Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (TIBBS) 2018 Career Blitz later this month.  This is the 8th year that TIBBS has hosted this event and its purpose is to offer a forum for current students and postdoctoral scholars to hear from and engage with several PhD-trained scientists, representing a variety of available career paths, including intellectual property attorney.  The event will be held on October 18th on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill.


JWTH Sponsors 2018 NCBIO Legislative Luncheon and Forum

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Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor, & Hunt is honored to sponsor NCBIO’s 2018 Legislative Luncheon and Forum on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  This event is for Members Only and is sold out. Check out NCBIO’s website to learn more about this event:

NCBIO is dedicated to promoting the future growth and development of North Carolina’s bioscience industry.  NCBIO advocates for state and federal public policies that encourage the growth of life science companies, supports the development of a strong life science workforce, promotes research and technology transfer at universities and other institutions including support for capitalization and commercialization of products.

The Organization also provides members opportunities to network, collaborate and save money.  NCBIO’s ultimate goal is to help North Carolina’s bioscience community fulfill its extraordinary promise as a source of economic opportunity and improved quality of life for citizens of North Carolina and people around the world.

JWTH is Sponsoring This Year’s Eastern Region AUTM Meeting

Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt will be a sponsor of the 2018 Eastern Regional AUTM Meeting (September 13-14) in Baltimore, Maryland. AUTM, short for the Association of University Technology Managers, is a leading non-profit with the mission to educate, promote, and inspire professionals throughout their careers to support the development of academic research that changes the world.


At the Eastern Region AUTM Meeting, discussions will be held about best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that will result in successful product commercialization through company formation and licensing.


This year’s keynote speaker will be Andrew H. Hirshfeld, Esq. of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hirshfeld holds the position of Commissioner for Patents and is responsible for directing all aspects of patent operations, patent quality management, resources and planning, and much more. We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to hear him speak and we’re looking forward to an insightful meeting!

Leon R. Legleiter Serving as Chair for RTP Chapter of Licensing Executives Society

JWTH’s very own Leon R. Legleiter is currently serving as Chair for the Research Triangle Park Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society. Leon has been serving as Chair since February of this year. For those of you that don’t know about the Licensing Executives Society, they have been the leading association for licensing, intellectual property (IP), technology, and business development professionals for more than 50 years. Their mission is to facilitate global IP commerce through education, networking, standards development, and certification.


The RTP Chapter of LES is one of 35 LES Chapters across the United States and Canada. LES Chapters are typically located in areas that contain a high number of LES Members and licensing professionals. Under the direction of Leon and the Chapter’s leadership, they hold regular meetings where members and outside speakers can discuss topics related to technology transfer and licensing. To register for upcoming events, visit the LES website and navigate to the RTP Chapter.


Dan Atcheson Appointed by NC Bar Association to Serve as Chair

The NC Bar Association has appointed Dan Atcheson as Chair of their Membership Committee for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year. In this role he will work with committee members and NC Bar Association leadership to drive membership growth and enhance the overall membership experience. All of us at Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt are extremely proud of Dan and this accomplishment and we know that he will serve the Committee well.


The Membership Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending strategies to bring on new members, as well as continued memberships, of the NC Bar Association. It is also responsible for reviewing all services offered to members, hosting networking events, and leading efforts to recruit and retain members. You can visit the NCBA website for more information on their committees.