3-D Printing Technology

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3D Printing Medical Devices

The recent news that certain Lowe’s stores will offer customers the ability to custom-make 3D printed items has garnered a lot of attention. But perhaps even more exciting is that 3D printing (also known as additive...more

Design meets 3D Printing!

This week in Milan everything is about design. Recently, 3D printing generated a lot of interest in the design industry, allowing any user to manufacture small batches of identical copies of an object at a low cost....more

The Left Shark, Katy Perry and Copyright Chum

What do you get when you take one shark costume, add a confused backup dancer, throw in Katy Perry and the Super Bowl halftime show and top it off with a satirical artist with a 3D printer? First the backstory....more

Some Ideas About 3D Printing

The other day we read a thoughtful Bloomberg piece on 3D printing in the medical device context by a trio of Alston & Bird litigators. We’ve given you the link, but it might be behind a paywall. The article indicates...more

3D Printing in Medicine – Now?

Advances in medical technology have made it possible to interpret x-rays from half way around the world, perform surgery through robots and diagnose dermatological conditions via Skype. Today we are on the cusp of further...more

Left Shark and Lawsuits – Who Gets Bitten in the End?

Halftime was just the Beginning: A backup dancer in Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show goes viral upstaging the singer, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson for MVP. Thanks to social media, “Left Shark” became a “thing” overnight...more

Life Sciences and Health Care Industries Reap the Benefits of 3-D Printing

The past few years have seen 3-D printing – a process that involves the creation of a three-dimensional object from a pre-conceived design – evolve from a futuristic idea into a multi-billion dollar business, and few...more

3D Printing: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?

Disruption displaces old business models but creates opportunities, if one has the vision. For example, it is no secret that the music industry has suffered rampant intellectual property abuse. ...more

3D Printing: Potential Patent Law Problems, Other IP Law Protections

3D printing is on the verge of exploding in both commercial and consumer settings. As yet, it remains unclear just how big the disruptive effect of this expansion will be. Experts predict, however, that severe financial...more

"Intellectual Property Issues Stacking Up for 3-D Printing"

In the 1980s and 1990s, viewers of the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” regularly saw Patrick Stewart procure hot tea from a “replicator,” which generated his tea — cup and all — instantly on demand. Even...more

Organovo Forms Partnership with University of Queensland to Print Human Kidney Tissue Organovo Forms Partnership with University...

The government of Queensland, Australia recently announced a partnership between San Diego-based Organovo and UniQuest, the commercialization arm of the University of Queensland. According to Organovo’s website, the company...more

3D Printing Products at Home: Manufacturer, Consumer, or Both?

Soon, instead of clicking buy now and entering your shipping information, you may be able to download a file, click “Start,” and watch a 3D printer at work. Thus, the manufacturer-consumer will be born. ...more

3-D Printing and the International Trade Commission – ITC Stops Importation of Infringing Digital Data Files

The International Trade Commission has jurisdiction to stop the importation of infringing “articles.” The ITC says that the term “articles” includes tangible goods and intangible electronic files. An electronic cross-border...more

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

3D Printing—implications on Intellectual Property Rights ("IP rights")

Is there a new era beginning with the availability of low-cost 3D printers? Not so long ago it was unimaginable that people could print products they needed by themselves. They used to have to go to the supermarket or order...more

Ready to Print Your Next Building?

This past year I read an article on Forbes about the nascent 3D printing movement and a young man named Cody Wilson who literally printed himself a working gun....more

There’s A Printer For That!

Fresh off his last Tonight Show monologue, Jay Lento is scouring the vintage car dealers’ websites to find replacement wheel hubs for his antique BMW. Searching worldwide, he finds none. When his friend N. Gennyus mentions...more

The Legal Perils of 3D Printing

3D printing refers to the techniques also known as “additive manufacturing”. This process uses a digital model to create a three-dimensional object by adding successive layers of materials in the shape of the object. ...more

3D Printing, Copyright Challenges, and the DMCA

I. Introduction - The conventional photocopier makes copies of two-dimensional documents, and computers permit replication of digital audio and video files. Now three dimensional (“3D”) printers can replicate at least...more

Medical devices and 3D printing

As we already discussed, 3D printing technologies facilitates the creation of things but also is a great issue for managing traditional IP rights. This is a technology that will challenge more and more an effective...more

Top fashion legal topics – #4 Be fashion, be social!

After having debated about wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy and 3D Printers à la mode, in this fourth post of the fashion-dedicated series, celebrating the Milan fashion week, we will...more

Top fashion legal topics – #3 3D Printers à la mode

As part of the series of posts on fashion related topics, we previously discussed about wearable technologies and franchising agreements while in this post we would better focus on an issue already touched in this previous...more

3D Printing And Utility Patents: Will 3D Printers Lead To Widespread Infringement Of Utility Patents?

This article is the next in a series of posts discussing IP issues surrounding 3D printing. As discussed in the last post, some types of 3D printing technology have become affordable enough for home use. This has led to...more

3-D Printing: New Dimension for IP Law?

Just as inkjet printers deposit drops of ink to create a document, 3-D printers lay down bits of plastic, metal, or other material to build an object. But as 3-D printers enter the consumer market, they may also fashion new...more

Next-Generation Manufacturing Invaded by Legal World

Here at the Dashboard we try to avoid overt public relations on behalf of Foley & Lardner LLP. However, sometimes our firm is the one making the news. Often, that news is of interest to the Automotive Industry....more

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