Womble Carlyle’s Jack Hicks Elected Vice-Chair of Cross-Border Patent Organization
February 5, 2013
The U.S. Bar-EPO Liaison Counsel is made up of U.S. bar association-appointed members and holds meetings to discuss matters of importance to U.S. practitioners who have clients who pursue patent protection in 38 European countries. Some of the most important issues will center on the new Unitary Patent and Unitary Patent Court in development by the European Union and European Patent Organization (EPO).
Hicks was elected at the Council’s January 2013 meeting and will serve a two-year term as Vice-Chair. He serves as the North Carolina Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section representative to the U.S. Bar/EPO Liaison Council.
Jack Hicks has more than 25 years of experience global businesses through all stages of the intellectual property process. He has considerable experience helping companies prepare and prosecute patents in international venues, particularly in Europe and in Asia.
Hicks spent the summer of 2010 on a working sabbatical in Europe, an experience which has greatly benefitted his international patent prosecution clients. His trip included working at the European Patent Offices in Germany and the European Union’s Designs Department in Spain. At both institutions, he worked on eLearning modules intended to help U.S. clients pursue targeted and cost-effective intellectual property protection throughout Europe. Hicks returned to Germany in October 2012 to participate in a U.S. Bar/EPO Liaison Counsel meeting in Munich.
Hicks also traveled to Vietnam and Singapore in 2011 and 2013 and to China and Hong Kong in 2012, where he visited with clients, law firms and government officials in those Asian nations.
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