Winston-Salem, N.C. — Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys attended the Center for Creative Economy’s Velocity Creative Accelerator Demo Night hosted by Venture Café of Winston-Salem on September 26, 2019 at Wake Forest Biotech Place, located in the Innovation Quarter district of Winston-Salem, N.C. At Demo Night, ten participating start-ups competed for a share of $50,000 in equity-free funding, capping off nine weeks of an intensive accelerator designed for creative entrepreneurs. Womble Bond Dickinson has been a long-time supporting partner of the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) and is also proud to be a Thought Leader Sponsor of Venture Café of Winston-Salem.

During the final week of the accelerator, intellectual property attorneys Jake Wharton and JD Wooten participated in a legal clinic for the Velocity cohort. The cohort is comprised of start-ups hailing from Winston-Salem, Raleigh, San Francisco, Columbia, MO, Lovettsville, VA, New Delhi, India, and Mexico City, Mexico. The problems the teams hope to solve focus on design, interactive digital photography, creative health technology, fitness, 3-D printing, gaming, and digital platforms for creatives. Womble Bond Dickinson is proud to support the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Winston-Salem and recognizes CCE and its staff for the energy, growth and transformational results that the creative accelerator, now in its fourth year, has delivered.

Jake Wharton is an intellectual property (IP) attorney focused on dispute resolution and helping clients protect and defend their IP assets. Jake assists clients with IP disputes in federal courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in private arbitrations. His experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, as well as counseling clients on trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, provides a deep knowledge of what it takes to successfully procure and protect what may be a business’s most valuable assets—their intellectual property

JD Wooten assists clients in securing and protecting their creative rights in patent, trademark and copyright matters with a focus on civil litigation and other forms of IP enforcement. JD enjoys assisting clients—from entrepreneurial start-ups through large, established corporations—protect and leverage their intellectual property rights and assets through effective and aggressive legal action.