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Timothy R. Holbrook
Timothy R. Holbrook

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Emory University

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law
Emory University School of Law

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3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement,
and Its Implications

3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement,
and Its Implications

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018



The Houston Club

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One Hour of CLE Credit

Timothy R. Holbrook, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, is one of the country's leading patent law scholars. As of August 2018, he serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Emory University. Professor Holbrook's work has explored the impact of 3D printing on patent law, the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law, and the function of patent disclosures. He is the co-author of Patent Litigation and Strategy (5th ed. West 2017) with the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and John F. Murphy of BakerHostetler. Before joining the Emory faculty in 2009, Professor Holbrook was a tenured professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He served as the Edwin A. Heafey Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and as a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Professor Holbrook clerked for the Honorable Glenn L. Archer, Jr., of the Federal Circuit and, after clerking, worked at the Hungarian patent law firm of Danubia in Budapest, Hungary, and Wiley Rein & Fielding (now Wiley Rein) in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude and as valedictorian, from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Selected publications include: Extraterritoriality and Digital Patent Infringement, in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019); Remedies for Digital Patent Infringement, in 3D Printing and Beyond: The Intellectual Property and Legal Implications Surrounding 3D Printing and Emerging Technologies (Mendis, D., Lemley, M., Rimmer, M., eds.) (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2018); Digital Patent Infringement in an Era of 3D Printing, 48 UC Davis L. Rev. 1319 (2015) (with Lucas Osborn).

3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement, and Its Implications

The digital revolution has moved beyond music and video files. A person can now translate three-dimensional objects into digital files and, at the press of a button, recreate those items through additive manufacturing, colloquially known as 3D printing. Just as digitization placed pressure on the copyright system, so will these digital computer-aided design (CAD) files stress the patent system. How can the patent system respond to protect patent owners against the appropriation of their inventions via these digital files? Should there be some sort of digital patent infringement triggered by the CAD files themselves? If so, what are the implications for remedies and the territorial limits of US patent law? This talk will offer a theory of digital patent infringement, and then explore what consequences would flow from such a theory.


:      2017 JOHN R. THOMAS, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
The End of Patent Medicines? Exploring the Rise of Regulatory Exclusivities
2017 JOHN R. THOMAS, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
The End of Patent Medicines? Exploring the Rise of Regulatory Exclusivities

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Daniel Chow2016 DANIEL C.K. CHOW, Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law; The Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law
Trademark Squatting in China

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RUTH OKEDIJI2015 RUTH OKEDIJI, William L. Prosser Professor of Law; University of Minnesota Law School
Inventing Intellectual Property: Source Disclosure for Genetic Patent Rights?

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Dennis D. CrouchEvent Invitation2014 DENNIS D. CROUCH, Associate Professor of Law, Patently-O Blog founder and editor (http://patentlyo.com); University of Missouri School of Law
Clarifying Patent Scope

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Elizabeth A. Rowe2013 ELIZABETH A. ROWE, Research Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law; Feldman Gale Term Professor in Intellectual Property Law; Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna2012 THE HONORABLE JIMMIE V. REYNA, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Immediate and Future Challenges Event Invitation

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Robert Brauneis 2011 ROBERT BRAUNEIS, Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Managing Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, George Washington University Law School
Trademark Infringement, Dilution, and the Decline in Sharing of Famous Brand NamesEvent Invitation

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Jane Winn 2010 JANE K. WINN, Charles I. Stone Professor and Director, Shidler Center for Law Commerce & Technology, University of Washington School of Law
Information Security as a Governance Challenge Event Invitation

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Gregory N. MandelEvent Invitation2009 GREGORY N. MANDEL, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Patently Nonobvious: The Impact of Hindsight Bias on Patent Decisions

BagleyEvent Invitation2008 MARGO A. BAGLEY, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law
Illegal, Immoral, Unethical… Patentable? Issues in the Early Lives of Inventions

Clarisa Long2007 CLARISA LONG, Max Mendel Shaye Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Columbia University School of Law
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John Duffy2006 JOHN F. DUFFY, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
The Invention of Invention: A History of Nonobviousness Event Invitation

Dan Burk2005 DAN L. BURK, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis
The Problem of Process in Biotechnology Event Invitation

David Franklyn2004 DAVID J. FRANKLYN, University of San Francisco School of Law
The Anti-Free Rider Principle in American Trademark Law Event Invitation

2003 WILLIAM F. LEE, Hale & Dorr LLP, Boston
Attorney-Client Privilege and Willful Infringement

2002 HON. PAUL MICHEL, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Predicting the Scope of Patent Protection: Construing Literal Claim Scope and Determining Available Equivalents

2001 YSOLDE GENDREAU, Université de Montreal, Quebec
The Exportation of Copyright Models: The Retransmission Right and the Internet

2000 JERRE B. SWANN, Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta
Trademark Dilution for the Year 2000

1999 JOSEPH STRAUS, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich
Multinational Patent Enforcement: Problems and Solutions

1998 JOHN R. THOMAS, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Transnational Patent Litigation

1997 HON. NANCY LINCK, Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
Patent Prosecution for the New Millennium

Perspectives on Patent Law from Three Federal Circuit Judges

The Allocation of Decisional Responsibility Between Judge and Jury in Patent Trials

1994 JOHN PEGRAM, Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull & Hapgood LLP
Complexity and Cost in Patent Litigation