Womble Bond Dickinson’s Jake Wharton will moderate a panel at the International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting on May 21 in Atlanta. 

Wharton will moderate “The Intersection of Branding and Indigenous Rights: A Stakeholder Panel Discussion”, presented by the Indigenous Rights Committee. 

As awareness and advocacy for indigenous rights grows, brand owners and government entities face issues about protection and use. The panel will discuss these issues and how legal and ethical concerns drive the conversation about indigenous rights. The panel will also present a case study involving “Cherokee Glass Gem Corn” and how one industry began self-policing. 

Wharton, a partner in the Winston-Salem office, is an intellectual property (IP) attorney focused on dispute resolution and helping clients protect and defend their IP assets. He assists clients with IP disputes in federal courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in private arbitrations.