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.

JWTH Attends 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

Leon Legleiter of Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt will be attending the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo this week, hosted in Chicago, IL. This will be the 70th annual meeting held by AACC and the team is excited for the opportunity to attend. In addition to the exposure to new science and technology, we will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with more than 850 companies that will be exhibiting this year.

The Clinical Lab Expo gives exhibiting companies the opportunity to introduce their new technology products. It is estimated that an average of 200 products are presented each year, making the event one of the world’s largest expos for clinical laboratory products and services. Check out the AACC website for more information!

New Patent and Trademark Law Shareholders

RTP, NC. – Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A.  is pleased to announce that Shandon W. Herring and Leon L. Legleiter are now shareholders in the firm.

Shandon W. Herring

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Mr. Herring joined Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt as an associate in 2008 in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science area of the firm. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, and his J.D. degree at Campbell University. Mr. Herring is admitted to the Bar of North Carolina, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  

Mr. Herring’s technical background includes experience in the development of Java-based freeware and shareware, as well as database development with JDBC, SQL and Oracle Connectivity. He currently prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer networking, computer storage systems and computer software technology areas.

Leon R. Legleiter

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Dr. Legleiter joined Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt as a Technical Specialist in 2007 in the Life Sciences area of the firm.  Prior to joining the firm he earned his B.S. degree in Animal Science, cum laude, at the University of Missouri, his M.S. in Animal Science at the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. in Nutrition at North Carolina State University.  While working for the firm as a patent agent he earned his J.D., summa cum laude, in the evening law program at North Carolina Central University. He is admitted to the State Bar of North Carolina and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Legleiter specializes in patent and trademark law, and enjoys counseling a wide range of clients from start-ups to universities and global corporations.  He has over a decade of experience in patent preparation and patent prosecution in the life sciences and mechanical technologies, including such areas as medical biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biochemistry, immunology, and pharmaceuticals, as well as medical devices, imaging technologies, analytical equipment and methodologies, and nanotechnology applications.

About Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A.

Established in 1984, Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A. is a boutique law practice devoted exclusively to providing intellectual property counseling and services to clients with respect to patent, trademark, and copyright law. The firm is located in the renowned Research Triangle area of North Carolina and offers patent representation to prominent corporations and research universities worldwide.

Featured in the Rotary Club of Durham Program: Arles Taylor – Intellectual Property Law

Got the Next Great Invention? Don’t Talk It Up Quite Yet

Memo to the city’s start-ups, entrepreneurs and inventors:

If you have created the next game-changing product, widget or unique new stuff, then zip your lips tightly shut. Get a patent attorney and file for patent protection and begin the process of application and review.

Arles Taylor, a veteran patent attorney, took a full house to law school during a detailed presentation outlining the state of intellectual property laws nationally and internationally.

The subject is particularly important in Durham and the Research Triangle, respective homes to start-ups and research organizations at the major universities and commercial businesses.

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2015 TM5 Annual Meeting at USPTO headquarters

On December 1-2, 2015 the TM5 (USPTO, JPO, KIPO, OHIM and SAIC) met at the USPTP headquarter to cooperate on common processes and to exchange best practices. The TM5 aim to improve users’ interactions with national trademark offices and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) through projects and activities that aim to minimize bad faith filings, TMview, common status descriptions and ID List, and comparison of examination results and Madrid Protocol procedure.

Minimizing Bad Faith Filings

TM5 partners aim to reduce bad faith trademark filings globally and provide more transparent information to users by exchanging best practices and summarizing them in a report. The next seminar for the TM5 partners will be held in Tokyo, on March 1, 2016.


The TM5 partners submit their trademark data for the project “User Friendly Access to Trademark Information” which is managed by the designated project leader OHIM. This project, also known as “TMview,” allows a user to access databases from 43 trademark offices (including OHIM, WIPO, USPTO, JPO, and KIPO) with a single search.

Common Status Descriptors and ID List

The TM5 partners, led by the USPTO, are developing “common status descriptors,” or uniform terms and icons that can be used to signify the status of a trademark registration or application. The aim of this project is to make TMview easier to understand for users. The USPTO also leads the project “TM5 ID List” which aims to develop a harmonized global “pick list” of preapproved and pre-classified identifications (IDs) of goods or services and their translations. The ID List is now available online and is fully searchable.

Comparison of Examination Results and Madrid Protocol Procedure

In order to gain a better understanding of the partners’ practices and policies, the TM5 partners are comparing examination results for applications filed using the Madrid Protocol before each of the partners’ offices. The analysis could be useful for users and partner offices in registering applied-for marks. Additionally, a JPO led project aims to standardize information about practices and procedures related to designations under the Madrid System.

2015 ip year in review

2015 IP Year in Review

As the Holidays approach and 2015 comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the changes 2015 has brought both for our firm and the IP industry as a whole.

JWTH 2015 Overview

JWTH is proud of the accomplishments of our own Jeff Wilson. This February, he earned the 2015 Client Choice Award for his excellent client service, and in September was named Corporate LiveWire’s “Most Outstanding Patent & Trademark Lawyer” in North Carolina.

Additionally, our attorneys completed and published a thorough review and analysis of the effects resulting from the America Invents Act.

We were also pleased to welcome a new addition to the firm, Matt Browning.

We were able to sponsor and participate in a number of conventions and events this year, including a “Ask a Venture Capitalist Triangle” Tech Breakfast, the 2015 AUTM Eastern Regions Meeting, and the 2015 BIO IPCC Conference.


2015 Changes for the US Patent System

This year saw many new initiatives and programs from the USPTO. Some of these programs were announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas this past March by Michelle Lee and Penny Pritzker.

The Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program, Patent work sharing between Brazil and the US, and the launch of Dossier Access are just a small sampling of these initiatives. We are optimistic that 2016 will see continued efforts from the USPTO to mold the patent system into a clearer and fairer system for both the public and the IP industry at large.

As always, JWTH is committed to staying at the forefront of these changes to continue serving our clients in the most efficient and effective manner possible.