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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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

Accidental Infringement: A Cautionary Tale of 3D Design & Intellectual Property

It’s not the first time this year a dress has caused controversy (and with Kim Kardashian probably on her way out of maternity wear, probably safe to say it won’t be…

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,…

Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent…

3D Printed Pugtato the Result of a Successful Collaboration

Some things just go better together. Where would gin be without tonic? Cookies without milk? Fred without Ginger? Bonnie without Clyde? Pugs without, er, potatoes? As historic pairings go, the…

Ordered to Cease & Desist, Designers Return with 2nd Set of Duchamp-Inspired 3D Printed Chess Pieces

3D printing seems to be the catalyst for a new world of creativity and innovation, perhaps infinite. Designers wow us at every turn it seems, with intricately fabricated 3D models….

Understanding Why the Copyright Office is Looking into 3D Printing

For much of this year, the US Copyright Office has been looking into 3D printing. Recently, I feel some commenters here at 3Dprint.com have fundamentally misunderstood the proceeding and confused…

Taylor Swift: 1, The DMCA: 0, Stratasys: ?

(This editorial is based upon the “Comment of Stratasys, LTD. In Opposition to Proposed Class 26: Software or Firmware in 3D Printers to Allow Use of Non-Manufacturer-Approved Feedstock” (Docket No:…

Katy Perry’s Lawyers Demand 3D Printed ‘Left Shark’ be Taken Down

It was just Tuesday that we reported on what we thought was an incredibly entertaining 3D printed figurine. For those of you who watched the halftime show of the Super…

Teleportation: Researchers Able to Relocate Objects Across Distances Via Destructive Scanning & 3D Printing

Although 3D printing is only a blip on most intellectual property (IP) lawyers’ radars right now, I envision a time in the not too distant future where this all will change….

3D Printed Mini F1 Drivers’ Creator Tells Us About His Design Odyssey, Plans for Future

Formula 1 racing has fans all over the world — including in the Netherlands, where a man named Alex has loved F1 for two decades. His second love is design, and these two…

Allan Gabriel, Director of Dykema’s Intellectual Property Department, Speaks 3D Printing

We all know that the technology of 3D printing/additive manufacturing is changing the face of numerous industries, mostly for the better. Whether it’s creating new jobs, producing goods quicker and cheaper,…

3D Printing & Legal Professionals to Discuss IP Issues at 3D Printing Politics Conference on September 17

With any technology that bursts onto the scenes in a way in which we have seen 3D printing do so, there are always issues that arise, which must be solved…