BY OLIVER HERZFELD, FORBES IP COUNSEL, JUNE 12, 2013 - In my prior two installments of this three-part series (available here and here), I reviewed protections available for 3D printing designs and objects under U.S. copyright and patent law. I will conclude with a review of such protections under U.S. trademark, trade dress, and trade secret law.
BY OLIVER HERZFELD, FORBES IP COUNSEL, JUNE 5, 2013 - In my first installment of this three-part series (available here), I commenced a review of protections available for 3D printing designs and objects under U.S. intellectual property law with a focus on copyrights. I will continue with a review of such protections under U.S. utility and design patent law.
BY OLIVER HERZFELD, FORBES IP COUNSEL, MAY 29, 2013 - The popularity of 3D printing has been increasing dramatically while the prices for such printers have been rapidly decreasing. In addition to toys and gadgets, real-world practical uses include a virtually unlimited number of potential devices and replacement parts for the aerospace, automotive, medical, military and other industries. Not surprisingly, this relatively new technology has raised many legal issues. For example, Senator Charles E. Schumer has called for legislation banning 3D printed guns since manufacturing such plastic weapons could easily circumvent background checks, registration requirements and metal detectors. And a new type of 3D printer could use chemical inks to quickly print legal and useful chemical compositions such as authorized pharmaceuticals and vaccines, but also illegal drugs and chemical weapons such as ricin or chlorine gas. An important category of legal issues relating to 3D printing involves the protection of 3D designs and objects under intellectual property laws. This series of three posts will review and summarize such protections under US intellectual property law starting with copyrights.