Myers Bigel Attorney Vernon Guthrie Named President of Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Vernon Guthrie, attorney with Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (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.

“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 and Integrated Device Technologies. The group also represents many smaller companies, such as LightSquared, Bioptigen, Valencell, Semprius, Saffron and other start-ups.

Myers Bigel’s experience with domestic and international patents is vast, having successfully filed in practically every country in the world. Located in the tech-heavy Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, the firm is able to service global technology leaders and innovative startups while maintaining strong, diverse relationships with law firms across the U.S. and overseas which are utilized based on individual client needs.

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About Myers Bigel
Award-winning Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with real-world industry experience. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, representing corporate and university clients around the world in acquiring, protecting, and exploiting patent assets, including patent preparation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel is consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as one of the top performing law firms in the country for securing the highest quality patent grants from the USPTO for its clients, offering a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. For more information visit