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The Road Ahead: 3D Printing and Intellectual Property Law

February 26, 2015 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

“3D Printing has emerged as one of the most disruptive technologies and its impact on our commercial and personal lives has yet to be measured. On the one hand, personalization will improve technology across industries, from automotive to medical to recreational. On the other hand, moving mass produced products under personal control will greatly challenge what properties businesses and innovators will be able to develop and control.

Can protecting IP rights be balanced with the ability to innovate?
Will IP still act as an incentive to innovate in the 3D Printing space?

Will our laws rise to the challenge or do we need to redefine our rights — will open technology concepts further expand? How do we counsel clients who want to protect their rights and clients who want to innovate?

Our panel includes two experts in this cutting edge field: Morrison Foerster IP Attorney and Partner, Rudy Y. Kim and John Suh, Executive Director and Head of Office of Hyundai Ventures (biographies below). John Suh, Executive Director and Head of Office of Hyundai Ventures, guides the Company on making strategic investments and business partnerships in the United States for the Hyundai Motor Group. Hyundai Ventures looks at opportunities in mobile devices, the Internet, cleantech, eco-friendly transportation, intelligent systems, manufacturing systems and innovation in business models in personal mobility and transportation.

Prior to joining Hyundai, John worked at General Motors, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), and several Silicon Valley startups. John is also chair the Consumer Electronics Association standards subcommittee (R6.3) on wireless power. And he has five patents and patents pending in the fields of robotics, artificial nose technology,
and location based services.


Rudy Kim is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, focusing on patent litigation and other intellectual property related litigation and counseling. Mr. Kim has extensive experience in complex matters involving a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, data storage, digital security, broadband communication, medical devices and biotechnology. Clients include Accenture, Autodesk, Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, Freescale, HP, InvenSense, Silicon Image, Spansion, Tessera and Veritas (now Symantec).

In 2011, Mr. Kim was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization limited to one-third of one
percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Kim is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



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