Jens C. Jenkins has significant experience and a deep understanding of patent drafting, patent prosecution and post-examination proceedings. Mr. Jenkins’ practice is tailored to include in-person Examiner interviews at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In-person Examiner interviews help to expedite the process for obtaining granted patents while also reducing overall prosecution costs. Having conducted over 1,000 Examiner interviews, Mr. Jenkins is one of the most experienced attorneys in the country with such a practice. This has helped Mr. Jenkins obtain patents for a variety of clients having a broad range of technologies, including computer software, computer hardware, business methods, games, complex mechanical systems, military products, survival products, and medical device technologies.

Mr. Jenkins also provides related services including client counseling, portfolio analysis, opinions, and licenses.


  • Patent and Trademark Prosecution, U.S. and international
  • Copyright Registrations
  • Appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Reissues, Re-examinations and Post Grant Proceedings
  • Licensing and Transactional Work
  • Client Counseling
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Patentability Opinions
  • Defensive Opinions of Non-infringement and Design Around Strategies
  • Mediation and Arbitration


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2000
    • Chair of Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Board
    • 1998-1999 – District of Columbia Court of Appeals, assistant to Honorable Judge John W. Kern III
  • B.S., Manufacturing Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1997


  • Utah State Bar, 2000-Present
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000 (Reg. No. 44,803)


  • 2021-Present – IAM 1000, Recommended Attorney – Patent Prosecution
  • 2015 – 2022, The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2005 – Present “Utah Legal Elite”, Utah Business Magazine
  • 2008 – Present, Recruiting Committee, (2012-2017 Chair of Recruiting Committee), Workman Nydegger
  • 2012 – 2021, Board of Directors, multiple terms, Workman Nydegger

Community Involvement

Community Involvement
  • Presenter, Collaboration Training on Practitioner Constraints at the Office of Patent Training (OPT), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 2017-Present
  • Mentor, New Lawyer Training Program (NLTP), Utah State Bar, 2016-Present
  • Mentor & Presenter, Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI), 2017-Present
  • Trustee for FADIPL (Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in Intellectual Property Law), 2021-2022
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Patent Prosecution, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU), 2013-2017
  • Instructor, Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA), 2014-2015
  • IP Moot Court Coach, S.J. Quinney College of Law (University of Utah), 2007-2008


  • Utah State Bar, Intellectual Property Section & Entertainment Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter at IPLI Conference, “Practical Patent Prosecution and Drafting,” June 6, 2019.
  • Panelist on 101 Panel Discussions, Utah IP Summit, February 23, 2018.
  • Presentation on “Career Opportunities in Patent Law,” Murray High School, November 10, 2016.
  • Prosecution Best Practices Roundtable “101 Response Strategies,” Utah State Bar, October 2, 2015.
  • Presenter at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) for “Business Considerations Related to Intellectual Property.” Feb 4, 2015.
  • Presenter at the Utah State University (USU) IP Workshop for “Protecting Inventions with Real Asset Value.” Apr 10, 2014.
  • Presenter at the USU IP Workshop for “Patents versus Trade Secrets — Dealing with the New Patent Law (‘America Invents Act’).” Apr 10, 2014.
  • Prosecution Best Practices Roundtable “Unavailable Inventors-AIA Declaration Procedures,” Utah State Bar CLE, February 8, 2013.
  • Prosecution Best Practices Roundtable “The Latest 101 issues (including interpretation of processors by the PTO for system claims),” Utah State Bar CLE, August 19, 2013.
  • Co-Presenter at the Utah State Bar (USB) Intellectual Property Law Section on “The World of Business After Bilski: Practice Tips and Remedies.” May 21, 2009.
  • Presenter for the USB CLE on “Prosecution Interview Practice at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.” June 17, 2005.
  • Utah State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section.
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Hillary Russo


  • 2.5 years intellectual property experience
  • 5 years legal experience


  • Paralegal Studies – Salt Lake Community College
  • B.S. in Political Science – University of Utah

Contact Information
Email hrusso@wnlaw.com
Phone 801-533-9800


  • Spanish