RAPID + TCT: Accelerating 3D Manufacturing

Speaking Engagement | May.08.2017 - May.11.2017

Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Orrick 3D Printing Partner Vann Pearce and Senior Associate Chris Higgins will present "The Intersection of 3D Printing and Intellectual Property".

Every technology developer needs strategies for protecting intellectual property rights while mitigating the risk of IP infringement claims. Similarly, every developer needs to protect company data from the ever increasing threat of cyber attacks. 3D printing has changed the legal landscape and companies in the field need to be aware of the potential pitfalls. In this presentation, attorneys who have been internationally recognized for their expertise on these subjects will give practical advice on what types of IP and cybersecurity issues to look out for in 3D printing and how to best ensure your company’s assets are protected.

CLE Credits Available: N

13740_740x360

Practice:

  • 3D Printing
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)

Christopher Higgins Senior Associate 3D Printing, Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Chris Higgins is the co-leader of the 3D Printing group at Orrick and is an experienced patent litigator.  Chris represents clients in federal court actions, in ITC investigations, and in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  His specialties extend beyond 3D printing and 3D scanning to include technologies such as graphics processing, semiconductors, medical devices, and data encryption.


Chris has developed a global reputation as an authoritative source on legal issues in 3D printing, and has been a featured speaker at 3D printing events around the world. His 3D printing practice includes advising startups and established 3D printing companies on all aspects of intellectual property law, cybersecurity, and technology transactions. Chris helps 3D printing clients grow their businesses and capitalize on market opportunities.

Chris' patent litigation and IPR practice also covers a wide range of other technologies including graphics processing, digital image processing and printing, semiconductor devices and semiconductor manufacturing, data encryption, high-definition television, digital content recognition, and medical devices. Chris has also assisted clients with licensing and patent prosecution related to digital imaging, wireless technology, mobile communication devices, encryption, high-definition television and medical devices.

Prior to law school, Chris worked in the patent department of a medical device company and as an engineer designing electronic components for missiles, projectiles, and bombs.

8103_740x360

Practice:

  • Patents
  • 3D Printing
  • Intellectual Property
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

T. Vann Pearce Jr. Partner Patents, 3D Printing

Washington, D.C.

Vann solves difficult intellectual property problems, and helps clients use their intellectual property to build their companies.

As a litigator of patent infringement and related matters, he has obtained judgments, dismissals, and favorable outcomes in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and in inter partes review proceedings. As a counselor on patent licensing and portfolio development, Vann crafts precise strategies which minimize legal threats and capitalize on emerging industry trends. Whether resolving today’s disputes or helping his clients plan for the future, Vann understands how to lead teams to successful outcomes, on budget, and in demanding circumstances.

Like his clients, Vann approaches his work with an entrepreneur’s mindset. Vann co-founded and is Co-Chair of Orrick's 3D Printing practice. Vann frequently speaks at conferences and universities around the world about the intersection of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and intellectual property law.

Vann draws upon his technical background to quickly understand complex inventions ranging from semiconductors, to imaging and displays, to chemistry. He holds a chemical engineering degree and worked in the medical device and biotech fields before law school.

News