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GREENSBORO, N.C.—Womble Carlyle attorney Jack Hicks will be among the speakers at Nano Manufacturing 2016: From Innovation to Commercialization.
Hicks will speak on “Innovation Hot Topics – Patent Traps for the Unwary.”
Proven innovation processes rely upon many essential steps. From developing necessary collaboration to ensuring that the market for an innovation exists, our intellectual property laws are drafted to encourage and incentivize innovation. While patent laws provide a path for protection for innovators, there are many speed bumps and occasional sink holes along the way. How do you ensure that your innovation is an inspiration and not an infringement? How do patent holders better the idea through collaboration without sharing rights to the invention with others? And why do not patents ensure commercial success? Hicks will address these questions and more at Nano Manufacturing 2016.
Nano Manufacturing 2016 will bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders, economic developers, educators, government and nonprofit organization executives to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that nano manufacturing enables.
The conference takes place Wednesday, Sept. 28th and is organized by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaborative project between N.C. A&T State University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
A licensed patent attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Jack Hicks counsels clients to determine the type and scope of intellectual property protection that meets their business goals. Hicks currently is working with numerous clients in the emerging area of nanotechnology. He helps nanotech companies prepare and prosecute patents and other suitable intellectual property protection.
Womble Carlyle’s nanotechnology clients include universities, research facilities, start-up ventures and established businesses in such fields as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, petroleum, electronics, computer software and air & space technology. Click here to read more about Womble Carlyle’s Nanotechnology Team.