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3D Printing and the Law

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The next Hardware Startups Vancouver ( meetup we will hear informative and exciting stories from three local founders of hardware and embedded systems startups.

Our feature talk will be presented by Paul Banwatt (, author of the 3D printing law blog - Law in the Making (


• Paul Banwatt ( (previously an associate at Gilbert's LLP (, Paul is now working directly with start-up firms in the 3D technology industry. Author and co-founder of the 3D printing law blog Law in the Making (

• Dr. Brad Quinton ( (Invionics (, Co-Founder and COOVeridae Systems (, Co-Founder and Tech/Product/Marketing Lead, which was successfully sold to Tektronix) (

• Gonzalo Tudela ( (Vandrico Solutions Inc (, Co-Founder and CEO, @vandrico_inc, @GonzaloTudela)

After the presentations there will be also an opportunity for community announcements, updates and requests. If you'd like to reserve a spot, please send us a message by clicking "Contact" link under the Organizers menu on the left.

Interested in a particular company/speaker for future meetups? Leave us a message in the meetup comments or by contacting the organizers via the "Contact" link, and we'll try getting in touch.

Approximate schedule:
6:30pm: early mingle
7:00pm: presentations begin
8:30pm: community announcements followed by networking time


Dr. Brad Quinton (Invionics (

Dr. Brad Quinton has been working in the high technology industry for 15 years. He has successfully straddled academia and industry, working in parallel with much of his academic research, he received his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in October 2008. His research lead to the formation in 2009 of Veridae Systems where he was the technical, product management and marketing lead. The venture developed a world class EDA debug product, sold it to leading semiconductor companies and was acquired by Tektronix in 20 months. Brad later led Tektronix’s Embedded Instruments Group, as Chief Architect, until May 2013. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Consultant and Senior Design Engineer at Teradici Corporation where he designed new circuits and debugged new devices. Before this time, Brad worked for Altera, helping resolve key issues with a new product that they had introduced. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Quinton was at PMC-Sierra where as Project Lead he directly managed 10 engineers and a multi-million dollar IC development. This project was successfully released into the market. During this period, Brad was instrumental in the successful technical integration of two of PMC’s acquisitions, HyperCore (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Toucan (Galway, Ireland), into the company.


Gonzalo Tudela (Vandrico Solutions Inc (

Subject Matter: The Importance of Workplace Wearables

Vandrico Solutions Inc. researches and deploys wearable technologies to generate ROIs for industrial companies. Co-Founder and CEO Gonzalo Tudela will discuss the importance of developing wearable devices for the workplace and how the next evolution of the wearables market is posed for B2B clientele.


Paul Banwatt (3D printing, Law in the Making (

Subject Matter: Legal Dimensions of 3D Printing and Scanning

The proliferation of low cost 3D printing and scanning is changing the world. But what are the legal implications? At first glance, the concerns appear similar to the well-known copyright dilemmas of the digital age. But on closer inspection, the questions are stranger and more incredible: Who is the author of an automated, machine-generated 3D portrait? Does your 3D printed pizza infringe a patent? Could your home-printed replica Nike shoes expose giant loopholes in trade-mark laws? How does patent exhaustion deal with self-replicating machines? We'll ask these questions and more as we discuss both the legal challenges and opportunities created by these technologies.

Paul Banwatt is a lawyer and author of the 3D technology law blog Law in the Making ( Formerly an associate at Gilbert's LLP, Paul is now working directly with start-up firms in the 3D technology industry.