Jake 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.

Jake represents a variety of industries that span diverse technologies, especially the home furnishings/furniture, software, apparel, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and snack food industries. Jake is part of the firm’s team dedicated to the home furnishings industry and has assisted clients in that sector, and others, with IP strategies, defense, and protection.

Jake served as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University, frequently assists with law clinic issues, and has given multiple presentations on subjects ranging from design patents to Supreme Court rulings affecting trademark protection strategies.

    Experience

    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Successfully defeated a motion for preliminary injunction in a trademark dispute for regional banks.
    • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction for a major food producer in a trademark and breach of contract case.
    • Successfully obtain summary judgment of laches in a patent infringement case.
    • Successfully argued an appeal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
    • Successfully obtained a trial victory in a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board opposition proceeding.

     

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    Contact information

    +1 336.747.6609
    jacob.wharton@wbd-us.com
    +1 336.726.6985

    Bar admissions

    2001, Missouri

    2008, North Carolina

    United States Supreme Court

    Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2001; the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2006; the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2007; the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2008; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; the United States  District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2013; and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2002