Jack Wheat is a member and former Chair (2000-2012) of Stites & Harbison's Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. Mr. Wheat's primary practice area is the litigation of trademark, copyright and patent infringements. He has served as lead counsel in infringement litigation in approximately 30 states. The remainder of his practice focuses on trademark selection, clearance, registration and maintenance. From 2011 to the present, he has been ranked by Super Lawyers® as one of the "Top 50" attorneys in Kentucky.
· Lead counsel in the successful defense of Adams USA in a patent infringement case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Nelson v. Adams USA Inc. 529 U.S. 460 (2000)
· Lead counsel in a series of precedent setting lawsuits establishing the right of fraternities and sororities to prevent unauthorized production and marketing of merchandise bearing their insignia.Abraham v. Alpha Chi Omega, et al., 781 F.Supp.2d 396 (N.D. Tx. 2011) 708 F.3d 614 (5th Cir. 2013); Pure Country Inc. d/b/a Pure Country Weavers v. Sigma Chi Fraternity, 312 F.3d 952 (8th Cir. 2002); and Sigma Chi Fraternity v. Sethscot Collection, No. 98-2102-CIV-SEITZ, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6332 (S.D. Fla. April 7, 2000) aff'd No. 01-12865, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 22234 (11th Cir. August 28, 2002)
· Successfully enjoined a new bank from use in its name the name of the city where it was located. Winchester Federal Savings Bank v. Winchester Bank, 359 F.Supp.2d 561 (E.D.Ky. 2004)
What Clients Say
... has an analytical mind and does a good job in his field.
- Chambers USA, 2010
... leads the IP and technology group.
- Chambers USA, 2005
... has proven time and time again that he is capable, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to our business success.
- Best Lawyers, 2007
Jack is, without question, the best that our Company has ever engaged...
- Best Lawyers, 2007
... creative thinker and problem solver... provides practical solutions.
- Best Lawyers, 2007
Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements
· "IP 101: A Non-Specialist's Guide to the Basics of Intellectual Property Law," co-presenter, 2010 Kentucky Bar Association Convention, June 16, 2010
· "IP Practices Growing," with Mandy Wilson Decker, The Lane Report, February 2010
· "Intellectual Property audits can identify assets to be protected," Business First of Louisville, August 21, 2009 (link to article)
· "All in the name," Thoroughbred Times, March 29, 2008
· "Franchising vs. owning your own business - pros and cons," Business First of Louisville, December 4, 2006 (link to article)
· "Protect yourself from competition by former employees," Business First of Louisville, April 1, 2005 (link to article)
· "To franchise or not is a big question," Business First, August 6, 2004
· "Ethical Considerations in Intellectual Property Law," presented at Louisville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, June 19, 2003
· "Supreme I.P.," lecture on experience arguing at United States Supreme Court presented at Louisville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, February 19, 2003
Before Stites & Harbison
Jack was the founder of the largest intellectual property boutique law firm in Kentucky, Wheat, Smith & Beres, which merged into Stites & Harbison on January 1, 2000.
More Than Stites & Harbison
Since 1984, Jack has been an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and is the coach of the school's Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Team which were the National Champions for 2011 and placed third nationally in 2010.
For the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Jack is an Ordained Elder, is a former Commissioner and Moderator (Chief Judge) of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky and is a former Commissioner of the Synod of the Living Waters Permanent Judicial Commission (ecclesiastical court) and.
Jack is a member of the Order of Constantine of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and is Legal Counsel to the fraternity's Licensing Committee. He previously served as Grand Praetor (regional supervisor) of the fraternity's Kentucky Province.
Besides Stites & Harbison
Jack is an avid fan of University of Louisville athletics. He gave up playing golf and replaced it with the "therapy" of yard work, gardening and fishing.
Best Lawyers in America®, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law (2007-14)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2008-present)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 lawyers in Kentucky (2008, 2011 to present)
Chambers USA: "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property
Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Copyright/Trademark Law (2013)
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013)
Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Ordained Elder and former Commissioner of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section; Co-Chair, Dilution Law Subcommittee, 1999; Chair, Right of Publicity Subcommittee, 2004-06
Sigma Chi Fraternity Licensing Committee, Legal Counsel, 1991 - present
Kentucky Bar Association
International Trademark Association
Louisville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Chair, 1989, 1990 and 1994
Intellectual Property Owners Association
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Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group, former chair (2000-12)