Tag: Patents

Smooth Moves: How to Avoid Getting Blocked (by 3D Printing Patents)

3D printing, in particular the low-cost kind, often means accepting the fact that your printed parts are often going to look kind of rough, with perceptible lines/bumps marking each layer that was printed to form the object. Smoothing is one…

Is Off-Patent, Low-Cost 3D Printing Competition SLOWING Innovation?

There’s a post on 3ders today about how 3D printing impacts shoemakers Reebok and Puma. The general point of the post is that shoe manufacturers have been using 3D printing for a long time. But there’s a particularly interesting quote…

Prizes vs. Patents: 83-Year-Old Wins $40k for Low-Cost 3D Printing Solution

There’s an amazing story at Time about an 83-year-old inventor named Hugh Lyman who entered a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation-affiliated entrepreneurial competition called the Desktop Factory Competition. The problem that Lyman set out to solve is the high cost of…

3D Printing Law: Trademarks – Why “FDM” isn’t for Everybody

In an earlier post, I explained why the expiry of patents related to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), initially patented by S. Scott Crump of Stratasys Inc. has helped lead to the recent explosion of 3D printers using that technology. So…

International Differences in the Legal Treatment of 3D Printing – Design Protections

Last week, three lawyers from the Irish law firm Arthur Cox wrote a great piece on the intellectual property law implications of 3D printing – from an Irish law perspective. But what stood out for me when reading this article…

(Paul’s) Post One, Part Two: Making Printers! And then Getting Sued! (3D Systems v. Formlabs)

This post is an adjunct to my inaugural post, in which I explained why the expiry of some of the original Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) patents is leading to a new wave of low-cost 3D…

Are Monsanto crops like 3D printed objects?

There’s a pretty interesting post at Policy Mic by Nate Abrams suggesting a similarity exists between the ongoing U.S. Supreme Court case of Bowman v. Monsanto and the 3D printing industry. In the Monsanto case the basic issue is whether…

(Paul’s) Post One, Part One: Patents and 3D Printing

(click here for part 2) Law in the Making is a mix of daily links, comments and stories, with regular posts that dig a little deeper. Here’s my first contribution to the latter endeavour – an attempt to start explaining…

3D Rx: The Future of Drug Manufacture and Delivery?

Jamie Goodman is a  guest blogger and is an associate at Gilbert’s LLP in Toronto, where he works alongside Law in the Making co-founder Paul Banwatt. Lee Cronin, a renowned professor of chemistry and nanoscience, recently gave a TED talk…

Game of Thrones vs. Settlers of Catan

Yesterday’s post about nuPROTO’s troubles for making a 3D printed iPhone Throne Dock got me thinking about proprietary designs and interfaces (and how to double down on this blog’s newly minted nerd-factor). A couple of years ago, there was some…