November 13, 2020 CLE: The Ethical Issues Created by AI, IoT and 3D Printing on Patenting

Event Notes: The Ethical Issues Created by AI, IoT and 3D Printing on Patenting
This presentation material is provided by Professor David Hricik as a courtesy to the WSPLA members. The use of the slides and any information contained therein by the recipient does not constitute legal advice.


Professor Hricik will discuss ethical issues in patent matters, with a particular focus on issues raised in technology areas that are increasingly significant across many industries and in our daily lives:  Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D Printing.


About the Presenter:  Professor David Hricik received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona, and his law degree with Honors from Northwestern University School of Law.  He practiced with Baker Botts and then litigation boutiques from 1988 to 2002, litigating cases primarily involving patent infringement, legal malpractice, and general complex commercial matters.


In 2002, he joined Mercer University School of Law, where he teaches legal ethics, patent law and litigation, federal civil procedure, and other courses.  In 2012-13, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the Federal Circuit.  He rejoined Mercer and also became Of Counsel to Taylor English Duma, LLP, where he represented clients in patent, Lanham Act, legal malpractice, and complex litigation from 2013 to 2019. He is now a solo practitioner representing practitioners before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and other disciplinary matters, consults with firms about ethical issues in patent practice, and serves as an expert witness.


He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2016.  He has authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent litigation, and co-authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent prosecution.  In addition to serving leadership positions on ethics committees with the AIPLA and ABA and serving as an expert witness, he has written dozens of articles and given well over 200 presentations on issues at the intersection of ethics and patent law and procedure.  His articles and testimony have been adopted by both state and federal courts.”


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