Rep. Israel Promotes Expansion of Undetectable Firearms Act

First, an apology for the lack of posts! We’ll get back to talking 3D printing IP issues very shortly. But today, Forbes ran a story about how U.S. Rep. Steve Israel is actually trying to expand the coverage of the…

The Undetectable Firearms Act and 3D Printing

Huffington Post has an article today about the ongoing effort of U.S. Congressman Steve Israel to have the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act renewed before its expiration at the end of the year. Israel’s efforts have found him at odds with…

Should Rightsholders Partner with Would-be Infringers?

Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge has a new blog post in which he suggests that intellectual property rightsholders should embrace the 3D printing community, and actively partner with 3D designers and makers. He raises the Game of Thrones example that…

Patents and 3D Printing… some thoughts

If you go to the Timeline on the official Microsoft website, you’ll see a jarring quote: 1899: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” – Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of U.S. Patents, urging President Mckinley to abolish his office.…

3D-Print-Yourself Machines Are Awesome – But Who Owns the Copyright?

Here’s a question that occurred to me today: There are these places  popping up around the world where you can 3D print yourself. Makerbot lets you print your bust for a mere $25 at their store in NYC. There’s these…

About that “Pirate Bay” for 3D Printing…

By now, most people have heard about the website DEFCAD, a proposed “Pirate Bay” for sharing 3D printable designs without regard to intellectual property laws, regulations or take-down notices. DEFCAD is at least loosely related to Defense Distributed (also founded…