3d printing legalities

Bioprinting: What are the Legal Implications of Defective Design Software?

3D printing has taken off at lightning speed, with innovations emerging around the world continually—and virtually unregulated. While there may be some serious discussions and expectations regarding ownership and common…

3D Printing Spotlight On: Jennifer Prioleau, Division Counsel, HP Inc.

One of the biggest issues in the 3D printing industry as it grows is intellectual property, as legal concerns surround the nascent industry. One of the biggest stories over the…

Avoiding the On-Sale Patent Bar

If you or your company has invented something, be careful to apply for the patent within a year of its first sale.  Otherwise, the right to obtain a patent will…

Protecting 3D Printed Designs – Can Trade Dress Rights Fill the Void?

Imagine you’ve designed a new product with 3D printing.  Thinking of ways to protect it can be a daunting challenge.  Hopefully, you’ll consider some basic agreements with any third parties…

Shapeways on US Dept. of Commerce Report: Beware Remixes & Copyright Infringements—They Can Cost You Six Figures

There’s no better part of a beginning than that of a fledgling industry populated by passionate individuals all enjoying themselves and getting along, working for the common good—for about a…

Exclusive Interview: Legal Expert Marcus J. Thymian Examines Implications of Intellectual Property & Patent Law in 3D Printing

Intellectual property is, obviously, a hot issue in today’s world. With patents having been around for centuries–George Washington signed the first US patent back in 1790, for Samuel Hopkins’ method…

Liability and Legal Issues May Derail the Future of 3D Printed Medication

Bloomberg BNA’s Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report was recently released, and according to attorneys the recent FDA approval of the first 3D printed drug could lead to several complicated legal,…

Can 3D Digital Models Be Patented? Federal Courts to Make Key Decision This Summer

When it comes to patents and intellectual property the law has traditionally been notoriously uneven and unclear about what can and cannot be patented. By design, concepts that are considered…

More Financial Woes for 3D Systems as they Lose $11 Million Arbitration with Print3D

Until recently, 3D Systems has always had a pretty healthy appetite for 3D printing startups and technology and spent a lot of their time and money buying them up. Most…

Australian Senate Not Convinced That Laws to Prevent 3D Printed Guns Are Needed

A pair of reports from the Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee reveals that while law enforcement, and federal and state governments are considering regulations to deal with…

CES on the Hill: Pinshape to Represent the 3D Printing Community & Intellectual Property Issues in Front of Congress

Whenever the intellectual property and copyright legalities start popping up in conversation regarding 3D design and 3D printing, most of us immediately and quietly think “why can’t we all just…

UK Study Assesses Legal and Industry Ramifications of 3D Printing & Intellectual Property

When the military and the government begin looking into a unique technology — and using it for previously unheard-of exercises and means to an end — you know it’s something of…

US Libraries Begin Offering Free 3D Printing to Public Amidst Learning Curves and Legal Questions

What if all it took to gain access to the technology of 3D printing was your plastic library card?  Considering it’s been hard to even find a book about 3D…

3D Printing at the Center of Controversial Intellectual Property Debate

3D printing is at the center of a monumentally important, extremely controversial copyright infringement debate with global implications. This lawsuit that involves powerhouses like Google, the Motion Picture Association of…

Don’t Print Yourself Into a Corner: Product Liability Implications of 3D Printing

By: Josh Becker (Partner) and Sarah O’Donohue (Associate) Product manufacturers typically can be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product under several legal theories. One legal theory, referred to…