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You Make it, You Buy It: The Business & Licensing of 3D Printing
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Houston Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street
Houston, Texas  77002
United States
Contact: Chris Johnson

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3D printing is changing and redefining the traditional manufacturing model by democratizing, localizing, and personalizing production of goods. In doing so, 3D printing technology and its growing adoption is raising new challenges and uncertainties regarding intellectual property rights with licensing implications. New business entities are developing new applications and services for a rapidly growing 3D printing ecosystem. Such new businesses are facing emerging intellectual property issues, related to copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. Moreover, 3D printing technology development and its rapid adoption is raising new licensing issues that impact agreements, business relationships, supply chains, and transactions.

Tabrez Ebrahim, Attorney, Bracewell LLP, Moderator

With Panelists:

James Beebe, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, GE Oil & Gas
Larry Ciscon, CEO and Founder, Northworks Automation

Please join us for this lively panel discussion and networking event. Light refreshments will be provided.  


Through July 23:
LES Members: $30 
Non LES Members $40 until July 23

After July 23 and at the door:
LES Members $40

Non LES Members $50


 Directions and Parking Information

A map to the Houston Technology Center can be found at at http://www.houstontech.org/media/files/page/ParkingMap.pdf  It shows HTC in blue in the center-left of the page. 

The most convenient parking garage is at 1910 Bagby, to the west of HTC (left on the map).  The garage is just north of Victor Street (which turns into Pierce Street), on the west side of Bagby (which is one-way going south). On the map, the garage is near the upper-left corner, just above what's shown as the BlackFinn restaurant; the actual restaurant that's there now is The Republic Smokehouse & Saloon.

About Our Presenters:

Tabrez Ebrahim is an Intellectual Property Attorney at Bracewell LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, outsourcing and information technology contracts, and technology transactions. He also advises clients on the financing and formation of startups and spin-outs, and is a frequent speaker on legal and business issues related to 3D printing. Previously as a R&D engineer, he was an inventor on patents for flexible display devices. Tabrez holds J.D. & M.B.A. degrees from Northwestern University and a LL.M. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.



Larry Ciscon is CEO and Founder of Northworks Automation, a startup company building 3D printers designed for production environments. Larry is also an advisor to several other Houston startups. Previously, Larry was the founder and CTO of Modulus Technologies, Inc. a network software company which was acquired in 2002. He received the NASA Innovation Award, and has been awarded several patents. Larry holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, and was awarded the Rice University Young Engineer Award for 2000.



James Beebe is Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property for GE Oil & Gas, one of the fastest-growing divisions of the General Electric Company. James provides strategic direction and IP counseling for the London based, $16.5 billion oil & gas company with 40,000 employees around the world. Prior to joining GE Oil & Gas, James was an Associate in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP, where he focused on patent litigation for encryption technology, wireless communications, database and web design, and oil & gas drilling technologies. He has helped clients develop, grow, and monetize their trademark and patent portfolios. James holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University, a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.