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…

3D Print a Healthier You: Episode I – Diagnostics & Demonstrations

There is another medical revolution in the making besides printing your own drugs. Surgical procedures stand to benefit early from all of the advances in 3D printing. From diagnostics to replacement “parts,” highly personalized small-scale manufacturing lends itself perfectly to…

in the future, your drug dealer will be a printer

Scoring drugs is one of life’s great pains in the ass. […] But don’t worry, it won’t always be this way. Scientists are working on a solution. That solution is 3D printed drugs. Instead of having to go and get…

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…

IP and the ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’

Thanks to my colleague Salim Dharssi at Gilbert’s LLP for pointing me to this article by Neil Wilkof at IP Finance. Tying nicely into yesterday’s post, Wilkof questions the assumption that effective IP protection in the context of 3D printing…

Venture Beat: Copyright Can’t Keep Up with 3D Printing

Venture Beat has an article by Ricardo Bilton making the (increasingly popular) point that copyright law can’t and won’t keep up with the spread and development of low cost 3D printing. The law, through courts or legislation, just doesn’t move…