Raleigh, NC—Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys John Morrow , Cory Schug and Flynt Strean attended the NPE inaugural Diversity in Patent Law Scholarship Gala with Dave Easwaran and Rob Glance from Wells Fargo, and Michael Baker from Qorvo on Sept. 5 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. ​The Diversity in Patent Law Scholarship Gala is presented by the Patent Quality Education & Training Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund, with further support provided by SAS and Murgitroyd. The gala was dedicated to celebrating diversity and inclusion in the patent law community.

“The Diversity in Patent Law Scholarship Gala is a great event that raises money for a scholarship fund to aid diverse law students and candidates, while providing exposure and interaction between those students and their potential future employers,” Morrow said. “Womble was honored to be one of the sponsors.”

John Morrow currently chairs Womble Bond Dickinson’s US Intellectual Property Litigation Group. For more than two decades, his practice has focused on complex disputes involving patent infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, antitrust, and cybersecurity (data breaches).

Flynt Strean counsels clients to procure, protect and leverage their intellectual property rights. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting US and foreign patent applications, performing clearance investigations, preparing patentability, noninfringement and invalidity opinions, and conducting due diligence investigations. Having spent six years as a research and development engineer at Lexmark International, Inc., where he earned several patents as an inventor, Strean fully understands both the inventive and protective perspectives of the patent process.

Cory Schug is an experienced patent attorney with more than a decade of practical experience in engineering and consumer electronics. He guides clients in a full range of patent prosecution needs, including advising on patentability, patent validity, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence issues. He also assists in managing the IP portfolios of clients to protect their assets and maximize the value of their IP in the market place.