Womble Carlyle attorneys Jack Hicks and David Crowe led two interactive sessions at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2017.

Hicks and Crowe joined Wake Forest Innovations/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Director of Medical Device Development Kenneth Russell for a Sept. 27 session titled “Success Stories in Innovation—Medical Textiles.” The three explored innovation best practices and lessons learned from the medical textile industry. The discussion included insights on how medical companies select and nurture their best ideas into life-saving and commercially successful medical products, and leverage the intellectual property laws for maximum protection.

On Sept. 28, Hicks and Crowe joined VC Corporation Director of Finishing Innovation Dennis Scheer for a discussion on “Success stories in Innovation—Apparel.” Scheer, Hicks and Crowe discussed the importance of innovation in the apparel industry, and how companies can monetize and protect their innovations.  Specific examples were discussed.

Earlier this year, Hicks helped lead Womble Carlyle and Bond Dickinson’s Innovation Week efforts.

The IFAI Expo 2017 will attract thousands of attendees and more than 400 exhibitors to New Orleans on Sept. 26-29. The Expo is North America’s leading event for the industrial fabrics industry.

Jack Hicks has more than 30 years of experience guiding 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 also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Elon University School of Law.

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.His former position as primary patent examiner gives him unique perspectives that help clients achieve their goals.