Vernon Guthrie, attorney with Myers Bigel, has been named President of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).
The largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina continues its strong support of TIPLA, which includes nine attorneys as members of the organization and additional past leadership of attorney Ken Sibley who recently served as President-Elect; Alice Bonnen, past Treasurer; and Scott Moore, past President.
[PLACEHOLDER QUOTE FOR DAVID PURKS: “TIPLA is an important organization within the legal community, and as one of the leading IP firms in the Triangle it’s important that our talented attorneys share their expertise and experiences with peers,” Managing Partner David Purks said.]
TIPLA’s mission is to aid the preservation of the fundamental principles of intellectual property rights, and in the future development of patent, trademark, copyright, and related unfair trade practice laws and their administration and interpretation in courts and administrative agencies. Additionally, the organization promotes a spirit of collegiality of intellectual property professionals through regular events and CLE sessions.
Myers Bigel attorneys are dedicated to furthering best practices in patent law, regularly participating in regional and national symposia, seminars, and continuing education events. The firm continues to provide opportunities and encouragement for its proven legal talent to improve and share their knowledge and skills through participating with groups like TIPLA, while supporting them with the tools, technology, and staff to successfully acquire, protect, and exploit patent assets.
Guthrie works in the Myers Bigel Electronics/Computer practice group, focusing on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical arts. Like most of the attorneys in the firm’s other various practice groups, Guthrie has experience and a degree in a particular technology, having graduated from a quality engineering and science programs before earning his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Guthrie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Clemson University, where he participated in a summer research internship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the North Carolina Bar.
The 18 attorneys working in the Myers Bigel Electronics/Computer practice group cover electronics, microelectronics, telecommunications, and Internet-related technologies for large corporate clients, such as Samsung, Sony, Ericsson, AT&T, Cree, Eaton, Progress Energy, and Integrated Device Technologies. The group also represents many smaller companies, such as Bright View Technologies, NetIQ, LightSquared, Bioptigen, Nextreme, and other start-ups.