Talem IP Law Receives Women’s Business Enterprise National Certification
“We are happy to welcome Talem IP to the WBDC Florida and WBENC family”, said President Nancy Allen. “Their certification as a woman owned company sets them apart because it certifies that Talem IP is owned, operated, managed and independently controlled by women. The WBDC Florida and WBENC strive to promote women owned businesses by providing them with networking and educational opportunities. One of the greatest benefits of certification is the connections that our members make with each other and with our corporate sponsors. Talem IP’s mission and business focus places them in a unique position to work with our members as well as with corporations that sponsor WBDC Florida and WBENC programs.”
Talem IP Law was established in January 2015 when Sarah Knight and Wendy Zimbone joined forces to launch Gainesville, Florida’s first women-owned intellectual property (IP) law firm. Sarah and Wendy offer a pioneering approach to empowering clients with IP, bringing together over 25 years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution, engineering, business, and licensing.
Sarah Knight is highly experienced in patent preparation and prosecution for clients large and small. She represents large global corporations, universities, small to mid-size companies, and startups. Her practice also involves conducting opinion and diligence work in technology areas spanning from semiconductors to software. Additionally, Sarah counsels clients on to patent portfolio generation, management, and strategy for US and international protection.
Wendy Zimbone focuses in IP licensing, IP strategy, and contract negotiations. Wendy previously worked as the Assistant Director of Engineering and Software Licensing at the University of Florida. She managed approximately 400 intellectual property cases, was responsible for overseeing an extensive patent budget, and negotiated dozens of license agreements each year. Her practice emphasizes the importance of intellectual property in overall business strategy, licensing, and technology commercialization.
The process in which to get certified by the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida is a long and in-depth process. The process includes both a site visit, and a thorough examination of the business’ history. It is also to confirm that the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by women. According to the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), by including women owned businesses among their vendors, different corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to establish diversity and continue the development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.
Founded in 1997, the WBENC is the larges third party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for thousands of compaines and government agenceies that rely on its certification as an essential part of their supplier diversity programs.
Find out more about the WBENC here: http://www.wbenc.org/