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


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.


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

Washington, D.C.

Vann Pearce is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. Vann represents clients in high-stakes litigation, focusing on patent infringement litigation, and counsels clients on patent licensing and patent portfolio development. Vann co-leads Orrick's 3D Printing practice.

Vann has helped clients obtain judgments, dismissals, and favorable settlements in ITC Section 337 investigations, various federal district courts, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has planned and executed successful claim construction, summary judgment and appellate arguments. At trial, Vann has examined both fact and expert witnesses. His clients include companies in the consumer electronics, semiconductor, software, and 3D printing/additive manufacturing industries.

Vann regularly presents and lectures at conferences and universities around the U.S. and internationally on emerging legal issues and strategies, particularly the intersection of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and intellectual property law.

Vann applies his engineering background to understand the complex technology at the heart of each patent infringement lawsuit. Before law school, he worked as an engineering intern with a manufacturer of biomaterial-based medical devices and as a research assistant in a biotechnology laboratory.