April 26, 2017 - "Edge Technologies" Colloquium Concludes with Presentation on 3D BioPrinting

On April 26, Georgetown Law's semester-long colloquium on emerging technologies concluded with a presentation on 3-D bioprinting by Kai Rajan and Robert Wells of the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

3D printing is increasingly permitting the direct digital manufacture of a variety of materials. Triggered by a manufacturing revolution, the developments on 3D bioprinters are stratling. While 3D bioprinting uses some of the additive manufacturing principles of 3D printing, it also has many advancements of its own. In their talk, Mr. Rajan and Mr. Wells discussed how 3D bioprinting uses highly specialized biocompatible materials, sometimes called "bio-inks", that can include new polymers and even living cells. 

Kai Rajan practices patent litigation and prosecution for a wide range of clients, from startups to established companies. His patent prosecution practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a broad range of technologies, and he additionally focuses on IP issues of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Prior to joining Finnegan, Mr. Rajan gained six years of experience as a patent examiner at the USPTO, where he negotiated patentable subject matter for mechanical, electrical, business method, and software technologies in the healthcare fields. 

Rob Wells focuses his practice on developing value through creating and building strategically developed patent portfolios.  Mr. Wells has extensive experience with patent litigation and patent prosecution, as well as portfolio management, licensing, and client counseling involving various intellectual property issues. He works with a wide variety of technologies, including 3D printing, robotics, optoelectronics, and other computing technologies. He is an active member of Finnegan's 3D printing and robotics working groups. Mr. Wells currently serves as IP Practice in Latin America committee chair for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Mr. Rajan and Mr. Wells were the culminating speakers of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a Spring 2017 course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law. If you want to learn more about the class or see the readings from this week's lecture, please contact adz9@georgetown.edu