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Jennifer A. Prioleau – “I spend a good part of my time thinking about the potential legal uncertainties and risks 3D printing could present"

Jennifer A. Prioleau

Jennifer A. Prioleau

Jennifer A. Prioleau is Division Counsel at HP Inc. for the 3D Printing business. 

In this capacity, Jennifer oversees general legal matters and is responsible for drafting, negotiating, and advising regarding a broad range of strategic complex commercial contracts involving hardware, software, technology and IP with suppliers, R&D partners, promotional partners, strategic partners, channel partners, OEMs and customers. Should you be a HP MultiJet Fusion customer, chances are that Jennifer was involved at some point in the negotiation!   

In addition to her strong background in legal matters, Jennifer also has a strong commitment to pro bono work and diversity issues. She is a leader on HP’s Pro Bono and Diversity committees and led HP’s involvement in developing HP’s New Jersey Street Law program, a diversity pipeline program that encourages high school students to consider careers in the legal profession.

Jennifer is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Volunteer Lawyers For Justice, a New Jersey pro bono organization.

Nora Toure: Jennifer, could you let us know about your background and what brought you to 3D printing in the first place?  

Jennifer A. Prioleau: What brought me to 3D printing was HP’s strategic decision to dive into 3D printing a few years ago to lead the charge on digitally transforming the global manufacturing industry. HP’s experience, leadership, and innovation in printing for the past forty years is a huge advantage to the knowledge base we apply to new markets such as 3D printing.
Before that, I was the lead trademark and copyright counsel for HP’s Personal Systems Group, where I managed U.S. and International trademark clearance, prosecution, and maintenance as well as advised on trademark and copyright enforcement and infringement matters. 
Prior to joining HP, I was assistant general counsel managing intellectual property, licensing, marketing and commercial contract matters. I was also an associate at one of the largest intellectual property boutique law firms in the United States prior to going in-house. In that role, I conducted a variety of IP litigation support and transactional work and counselled clients from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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