Womble Bond Dickinson Partners Jack Hicks and Cory Schug will present an educational panel at the Advanced Textiles Expo on November 2 in Orlando. 

The presentation, “Designing Around Patents”, is a part of the Expo’s Focus on Innovation Series. Iconic inventors from Thomas Jefferson to Steve Jobs credit their genius to improving upon the ideas of others. But for the unwary, improving upon another’s concept can lead to patent lawsuits, injunctions, damages and attorneys’ fees. Careful analysis and, where needed, product re-design can help ensure that a successful inspiration does not become a painful infringement.

The Advanced Textiles Expo, organized by the Advanced Textiles Association, provides an opportunity to network with the textile industry’s leading companies, engage with live product demonstrations, and discover the latest innovations in technology and textiles. For more information about the Expo, click here. 

Hicks, a leader of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Manufacturing Industry Sector Team, brings more than 30 years of experience managing complex IP matters, from Federal and State litigation to international patent and trademark filing strategies. He represents a diverse group of manufacturing and services providers, with a focus on the furniture, outdoor recreation, apparel, food and beverage, nanotechnology and aerospace industry sectors. Hicks is also actively involved in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Innovation initiatives and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Elon University School of Law.

Schug is an experienced patent attorney with more than a decade of practical experience in engineering and consumer electronic, including extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technological fields. Schug guides his clients in a wide range of patent prosecution needs, including advising on patentability, patent validity, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence issues, as well as IP portfolio management.