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Metal 3D Printing Intellectual Property: Desktop Metal Files Suit Against Markforged

Metal 3D Printing Intellectual Property: Desktop Metal Files Suit Against Markforged

As it matures, the 3D printing industry is becoming an increasingly active space in terms of its patent landscape. Intellectual property is a critical concern in the dynamic industry, with new technologies coming to market and hundreds of patents issued and, for the last couple of years, more than a thousand published annually. IP lawsuits […]

As it matures, the 3D printing industry is becoming an increasingly active space in terms of its patent landscape. Intellectual property is a critical concern in the dynamic industry, with new technologies coming to market and hundreds of patents issued and, for the...
3D Printing Events, Regulations, IP, Expertise: Interview with John Hornick

3D Printing Events, Regulations, IP, Expertise: Interview with John Hornick

Our recent inaugural Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, hosted with SmarTech Markets Publishing, brought together experts in medical and dental 3D printing alongside legal and business leaders to share thoughts on the future of additive manufacturing in human healthcare. The event, rich in expertise, filled two days with insightful presentations and conversations in Washington, D.C., allowing for a […]

Our recent inaugural Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, hosted with SmarTech Markets Publishing, brought together experts in medical and dental 3D printing alongside legal and business leaders to share thoughts on the future of additive manufacturing in human...
3D Printing, Medical Models, Intellectual Property, and the FDA: Expert Gathering at Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit

3D Printing, Medical Models, Intellectual Property, and the FDA: Expert Gathering at Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit

While adding more events to an already packed calendar year in technology can seem to be a tricky proposition, it takes differentiation and careful curation for any new happening to truly stand out — and this is why we worked with the diligent team at SmarTech Markets Publishing to put on this week’s Additive Manufacturing […]

While adding more events to an already packed calendar year in technology can seem to be a tricky proposition, it takes differentiation and careful curation for any new happening to truly stand out — and this is why we worked with the diligent team at SmarTech...
What the Apple 3D Printing Patents Mean for Our Industry

What the Apple 3D Printing Patents Mean for Our Industry

Recently Apple has been granted a patent for a color 3D printing idea whereby the printed object is first made and then colored in afterwards. This idea is a straightforward one; using it one could print an object using FDM for example and then later color it with an inkjet print head. This method would […]

Recently Apple has been granted a patent for a color 3D printing idea whereby the printed object is first made and then colored in afterwards. This idea is a straightforward one; using it one could print an object using FDM for example and then later color it with an...
Green Ship of the Future Consortium Explores Maritime 3D Printing and IP

Green Ship of the Future Consortium Explores Maritime 3D Printing and IP

The Green Ship of the Future consortium is dedicated to improving the sustainability of the maritime industry. One of the consortium’s goals is emission-free maritime transport, which it is pursuing using existing energy-efficient technology as well as exploring new technologies. Those technologies involve 3D printing, and the consortium is now embarking on its first 3D printing-related […]

The Green Ship of the Future consortium is dedicated to improving the sustainability of the maritime industry. One of the consortium’s goals is emission-free maritime transport, which it is pursuing using existing energy-efficient technology as well as exploring...
Just3DPrint Loses Defamation Lawsuit Against 3DPrint.com, But IP Piracy in the 3D Printing Industry Remains

Just3DPrint Loses Defamation Lawsuit Against 3DPrint.com, But IP Piracy in the 3D Printing Industry Remains

Beleaguered 3D printing startup Just3DPrint (Just Print It Inc.) lost its long shot defamation lawsuit against 3DPrint.com parent company 3DR Holdings this month, the last of three legal battles that they filed in a Philadelphia court in February of this year. The case was filed by Just3DPrint CEO Ryan Simms in response to our coverage […]

Beleaguered 3D printing startup Just3DPrint (Just Print It Inc.) lost its long shot defamation lawsuit against 3DPrint.com parent company 3DR Holdings this month, the last of three legal battles that they filed in a Philadelphia court in February of this year. The...
Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing without the Hype

Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing without the Hype

This week in Nottingham, great minds in additive manufacturing are converging at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing. The event, now in its twelfth year, is always highly anticipated as the speaker lineup promises a look into the depths of the 3D printing business — without the hype. Among the well-regarded lineup […]

This week in Nottingham, great minds in additive manufacturing are converging at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing. The event, now in its twelfth year, is always highly anticipated as the speaker lineup promises a look into the...
3D Printing Spotlight On: Jennifer Prioleau, Division Counsel, HP Inc.

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 last year has been the emergence of HP Inc. as a player with the introduction of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers. With all of […]

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 last year has been the emergence of HP Inc. as a player with the introduction of its Multi...
How the 3D Design Community Can Better Protect Its Intellectual Property

How the 3D Design Community Can Better Protect Its Intellectual Property

3D printing has, in the scope of a just a few years, moved from a technology on the periphery—primarily used by large companies for industrial manufacturing—to the mainstream—a technology on the minds, if not inside the homes, of consumers. The emergence of low-cost printers, accessible CAD software, and websites like Thingiverse and Shapeways mark an […]

3D printing has, in the scope of a just a few years, moved from a technology on the periphery—primarily used by large companies for industrial manufacturing—to the mainstream—a technology on the minds, if not inside the homes, of consumers. The emergence of low-cost...
Open-Source Ultimaker Files Its First Patent - But Don't Panic, the 3D Printer Manufacturer Says

Open-Source Ultimaker Files Its First Patent - But Don't Panic, the 3D Printer Manufacturer Says

The popularity of Ultimaker is for a number of reasons. Yes, the company does produce reliable, high-quality 3D printers that consistently makes the top of “best 3D printers” lists, but one of the things that people really love about Ultimaker is that they’re open source. Nothing is patented, and users are invited to collaborate with Ultimaker by sharing […]

The popularity of Ultimaker is for a number of reasons. Yes, the company does produce reliable, high-quality 3D printers that consistently makes the top of “best 3D printers” lists, but one of the things that people really love about Ultimaker is that...
Michael Weinberg Leads Us Through 3 Steps for Licensing 3D Printed Things

Michael Weinberg Leads Us Through 3 Steps for Licensing 3D Printed Things

As more and more people become involved in 3D printing, more and more awesome stuff is being created. The question that naturally arises after any particularly amazing print, or after a case of beer, whichever comes first, is how do I copyright this so that I eventually become a millionaire? I may be paraphrasing a bit, […]

As more and more people become involved in 3D printing, more and more awesome stuff is being created. The question that naturally arises after any particularly amazing print, or after a case of beer, whichever comes first, is how do I copyright this so that I...
2016 in 3D Printing: Your Favorite Stories from the Last Year

2016 in 3D Printing: Your Favorite Stories from the Last Year

2016 has been — let’s say a mixed bag; while this year saw the loss of beloved celebrities, a heated US election, Brexit, Zika, an escalating crisis in Syria, and many other globally divisive happenings, it was also a year of unprecedented development technologically. We’ll stay away from another celebrity tribute or political debate and […]

2016 has been — let’s say a mixed bag; while this year saw the loss of beloved celebrities, a heated US election, Brexit, Zika, an escalating crisis in Syria, and many other globally divisive happenings, it was also a year of unprecedented development...
InfraTrac Successfully Applies Anti-Counterfeit Technology to 3D Printed Metal Parts

InfraTrac Successfully Applies Anti-Counterfeit Technology to 3D Printed Metal Parts

One of the most nagging concerns that plagues the 3D printing industry is that of intellectual property protection. Not only have there been plenty of issues surrounding the theft of designs and models posted online by individual makers, but large corporations also worry about the potential for 3D printing-savvy people to print counterfeit parts. It’s […]

One of the most nagging concerns that plagues the 3D printing industry is that of intellectual property protection. Not only have there been plenty of issues surrounding the theft of designs and models posted online by individual makers, but large corporations also...
EnvisionTEC Patent Suit Against Formlabs: An IP Perspective

EnvisionTEC Patent Suit Against Formlabs: An IP Perspective

Written by John Hornick and Rob Wells As established companies seek to protect their market share against mounting competition from an increasing number of new 3D printing companies, the battlefield for dominance in the 3D printing industry is becoming increasingly fierce.  So naturally, 3D printing companies increasingly find themselves in court to assert or defend against patent […]

Written by John Hornick and Rob Wells As established companies seek to protect their market share against mounting competition from an increasing number of new 3D printing companies, the battlefield for dominance in the 3D printing industry is becoming increasingly...
"Cheerleader Uniform Case" Prompts Shapeways and Other Organizations to Demand Supreme Court Clarify Intellectual Property Law

"Cheerleader Uniform Case" Prompts Shapeways and Other Organizations to Demand Supreme Court Clarify Intellectual Property Law

Full disclosure: intellectual property and copyright issues are not my favorite subjects. The whole area is messy, murky, confusing, and often seemingly arbitrary, and that’s before you even open up the can of worms that is digital design and 3D printing. I’m not the only one who feels that intellectual property law is a convoluted […]

Full disclosure: intellectual property and copyright issues are not my favorite subjects. The whole area is messy, murky, confusing, and often seemingly arbitrary, and that’s before you even open up the can of worms that is digital design and 3D printing....
The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages -- Making an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Multiple Damages Easier to Obtain  and Once Again Changing the Patent Landscape

The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages -- Making an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Multiple Damages Easier to Obtain and Once Again Changing the Patent Landscape

This article will review the recent history concerning patent litigation, patent damages, and recent changes effectuated by Congress and the Supreme Court. First, a little history. Once upon a time there were a series of Plaintiff’s lawyers who brought a multitude of questionable litigations involving vague patents, which they attempted to apply across all industries. The litigations were […]

This article will review the recent history concerning patent litigation, patent damages, and recent changes effectuated by Congress and the Supreme Court. First, a little history. Once upon a time there were a series of Plaintiff’s lawyers who brought a multitude of...
3D Printing Will Rock Paris -- A Few Questions For: John Hornick

3D Printing Will Rock Paris -- A Few Questions For: John Hornick

In every industry are individuals who effectively need no introduction; among those names in 3D printing is John Hornick. An intellectual property lawyer and prolific speaker, as well as now a published author with a successful work — he’s literally written the book on the topic — Hornick is a font of wisdom and advice […]

In every industry are individuals who effectively need no introduction; among those names in 3D printing is John Hornick. An intellectual property lawyer and prolific speaker, as well as now a published author with a successful work — he’s literally...
ShareMy3D Sets Up 3D File "Superhighway" for Secure Sharing of 3D Printable Files

ShareMy3D Sets Up 3D File "Superhighway" for Secure Sharing of 3D Printable Files

As the 3D printing industry grows larger so do the sizes of the 3D files that need to be transferred between the digital content creators and the physical content producers. Oslo-based ShareMy3D seeks to fill in the void that exists in terms of secure sharing an viewing of 3D files up to 5 GB in […]

As the 3D printing industry grows larger so do the sizes of the 3D files that need to be transferred between the digital content creators and the physical content producers. Oslo-based ShareMy3D seeks to fill in the void that exists in terms of secure sharing an...
Global Law Firm Hunton & Williams Launches New Team Dedicated to Dealing with 3D Printing Legal Issues

Global Law Firm Hunton & Williams Launches New Team Dedicated to Dealing with 3D Printing Legal Issues

Back in college I had a business teacher use a truism that has always seemed to prove itself to be pretty accurate. He said that you know a new industry has been born when the bankers and the lawyers start showing up en masse. The money men have been here for quite a while now, […]

Back in college I had a business teacher use a truism that has always seemed to prove itself to be pretty accurate. He said that you know a new industry has been born when the bankers and the lawyers start showing up en masse. The money men have been here for quite a...
Protecting 3D Printed Designs – Can Trade Dress Rights Fill the Void?

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 that participated in the design, such as non-disclosure agreements, employee agreements and joint venture agreements, which are handy documents to make sure that the rights […]

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 that participated in the design, such as non-disclosure agreements, employee...
Shapeways on US Dept. of Commerce Report: Beware Remixes & Copyright Infringements—They Can Cost You Six Figures

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 New York minute. That’s how long it takes for someone to decide they don’t want to play well with others or for others to begin […]

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 New York minute. That’s how long it takes for someone to decide they don’t...
Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Have a Lot to Offer in 3D Printing -- A Few Questions For: InfraTrac

Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Have a Lot to Offer in 3D Printing -- A Few Questions For: InfraTrac

Counterfeiting is, put simply, a big deal. While 3D printing in particular is still somewhat of a Wild West when it comes to clear definitions of what is and is not IP theft (as a raging argument on Thingiverse/eBay currently has legal professionals and companies weighing in from all sides), faked creations go beyond simply stealing […]

Counterfeiting is, put simply, a big deal. While 3D printing in particular is still somewhat of a Wild West when it comes to clear definitions of what is and is not IP theft (as a raging argument on Thingiverse/eBay currently has legal professionals and companies...
When eBay Sellers Try to Defend Their Illegal Sale of 3D Models from Thingiverse, Comedy Ensues

When eBay Sellers Try to Defend Their Illegal Sale of 3D Models from Thingiverse, Comedy Ensues

[Editor’s Update: Legal experts and the industry at large are certainly taking notice of this hullabaloo and weighing in — and we can’t say it looks good for the guys at just3dprint. Keep following on the comments at Thingiverse and reddit for more up-to-the-minute updates on these goings-on.] It was bound to happen of course. When 3D printables […]

[Editor’s Update: Legal experts and the industry at large are certainly taking notice of this hullabaloo and weighing in — and we can’t say it looks good for the guys at just3dprint. Keep following on the comments at Thingiverse and reddit for more...
3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as well as reworking existing designs to create something more refined […]

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as...
How Exactly Will 3D Printing Combat Counterfeiting Additive Manufactured Products?

How Exactly Will 3D Printing Combat Counterfeiting Additive Manufactured Products?

The specter of counterfeit products is always a concern for any company that relies on other facilities to actually manufacture and assemble their products. From fake Rolex watches to fake iPhones to fake Louis Vuitton purses, large companies often spend millions to protect their intellectual property from criminals who copy and sell fake products to often […]

The specter of counterfeit products is always a concern for any company that relies on other facilities to actually manufacture and assemble their products. From fake Rolex watches to fake iPhones to fake Louis Vuitton purses, large companies often spend millions to...
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