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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Womble Carlyle Patent attorneys Jack Hicks and David Crowe will discuss “Knock-Offs and Patents: Are You Walking the Innovation Talk?” at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo. Their presentation at the IFAI Expo takes place Wednesday, Oct. 19th in Charlotte.
Hicks and Crowe will discuss patent protection for industrial fabrics in the U.S. and across the globe, using examples from their own experience in obtaining and enforcing yarn, fabric and product patents.
Jack Hicks has more than 25 years of experience guiding home furnishing and design companies through all stages of the intellectual property process. He has written prosecuted and litigated patents, trademarks and copyrights throughout the world on literally hundreds of furniture-related designs. A registered patent attorney, Hicks is frequently invited to speak at the US and Global Patent Academies, Universities and trade groups on the line between protectable original designs and public domain trends. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Legal Elite. Hicks also is an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses on intellectual property law and international law and business at the Elon University School of Law. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Greensboro, N.C. office.
David Crowe’s practice focuses upon all aspects related to the acquisition of patent rights, including patentability studies, as well as application preparation and prosecution for both utility and design applications filed in the U.S. and abroad. His practice covers mechanical, electromechanical, optical, and materials-based technologies. Crowe practices in Womble Carlyle’s Greensboro office.