Category Archives: Intellectual Property (IP)

3D Printing Companies Petition the Supreme Court for Copyright Clarity

By John Hornick & Carlos Rosario

Many people believe 3D printing will disrupt IP law as it becomes mainstream. Now, three companies are petitioning the highest court in the U.S. to create a new test to delineate what types of objects can be copyrighted. The three companies, Shapeways, Formlabs, and Matter and Form, submitted a “friend of the court” brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in association with a clothing case, where the Court may address the question of what it copyrightable.
Generally, 3D printed objects that are ornamental and nonfunctional are copyrightable.…

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IP Lessons from NewPro 3D’s 3D Printing Spat with Nexa3D

By John Hornick & Carlos Rosario

The recently reported patent spat between two 3D printing startups offers some insight for businesses about IP rights. The spat involves a fairly common business disagreement: who owns a patent on technology that both companies use?
One player is NewPro 3D, a company headquartered in Vancouver that makes 3D printers using vat photopolymerization, also known as stereolithography or DLP, depending on the light source implemented. NewPro 3D was a stealthy company and hadn’t appeared in the 3D printing news until November 2015, when Nexa3D launched a Kickstarter campaign.…

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Is a Designer on Thingiverse Getting Unlawfully Abused by an eBay Seller?

By Tyler Koslow

What makes 3D marketplaces like Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory such a pleasant experience for designers is the open access it gives them to the 3D printing community. Their 3D models can be freely shared, customized, and 3D printed by all, which in turn helps to cultivate innovation throughout this vast network of Makers. But, unfortunately, it also seems to leave these hard-working designers open to exploitation from individuals looking to monetize their freely available CAD models. According to Michael Weinberg, of Public Knowledge, one Thingiverse user, who goes by the name loubie, has brought this issue to light after discovering that over 2,000 models (and their pictures) from Thingiverse were being sold in 3D printed form by an eBay account named just3Dprint.…

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Whispering Gibbon the Latest to Launch In-Game 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Covering the 3D printing industry at 3DPI, I’ve learned that one should never underestimate a new player in the 3D printing game.  So, while there may already exist a number of businesses focused on 3D printing assets from video games, a new startup from Newcastle, England called Whispering Gibbon could have what it takes to overtake the competition. Particularly since they’ve received a six-figure investment through a funding round led by Northstar Ventures.

What sets Whispering Gibbon apart from companies like FabZat and Toyze, which work with game companies to create 3D printable versions of video game assets, is their RenderFab technology. …

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Intellectual Property in the Coming World of Distributed Digital Manufacturing: Redux

By Tom Kurke

Late in 2014, I wrote an article outlining why I felt that the transformational changes occurring on both “ends” of the 3D ecosystem were going to force a re-think of the ways that 3D content creators, owners and consumers would capture, interact with, and perhaps even make physical 3D data. These changes will catalyze a UGC content explosion – forever changing the ways that brands interact with consumers and the ways consumers chose to personalize, and then manufacture, the goods that are relevant to them.…

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Appeals Court Rules On the Transmission of 3D Files

By John Hornick & Carlos Rosario

In a case with important implications for 3D printing, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – which decides appeals in all U.S. patent cases – ruled in a dispute between tooth aligner competitors Align and ClearCorrect that the U.S. International Trade Commission cannot stop digital blueprints of physical objects from being imported into the U.S.
Image via ClearCorrect.
The ITC is a quasi-judicial, bipartisan, federal agency that polices trade in the interest of protecting U.S.…

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Source3 Is Teaching the 3D Printing Industry about Digital Content Management

By Davide Sher

Having worked as a digital content (videogame) journalist during the 00’s, I saw how user-generated and user-distributed digital content changed the industry. With 3D printing, the issue is going to scale up to a whole new dimension, since 3D printing means that all objects can also become digital content.
However, there are many lessons we can learn and mistakes we can avoid from how the movie, music, and video game industries (mis)handled the shift from physical distribution to digital distribution. Source3, a startup founded by former Google employees and music industry professionals, is here to assure us that some errors are not repeated by creating, from early on, a platform for large-scale licensing & distribution of 3D and user-generated content.…

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New Book on How 3D Printing Tech Has and Will Continue to Rock Our World

By Tyler Koslow

If you’ve been following our news over the past week or so, you may have happened to stumble upon a controversial article involving patent infringement accusations on new type of 3D printing technology. IP firms were started to keep infringers from stealing a well-thought out idea or business model, one of the largest in the world being the Washington DC-based Finnegan IP law firm. With the recent uproar that 3D printing technology has been causing in industries across the board, one partner from the firm named John Hornick has placed an exclusive focus on the rapidly expanding technology.…

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Apple Files Patent Application for Full-Color 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Apple is a glowing, mysterious box in the world of tech and, whenever they file a patent application, people take notice. This is true for that time they filed a patent application liquid metal 3D printing and it was true when they filed an application for 3D printing conductive inks onto 3D objects.  And, now that the computer giant has filed one for a full-color 3D printer, the world is abuzz once again.

The application, published on December 3, 2015, is titled “Method And Apparatus For Three Dimensional Printing Of Colored Objects,” and, in it, a mechanism is described that relies on two printhaeds, one that deposits a printable material and another that colors that material either after its printed or during the printing process. …

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Additive Industries Licenses EOS Metal 3D Printing Patents

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After unveiling a (virtual) model of their MetalFAB1 3D printer at formnext, Additive Industries has entered an agreement with SLS and DMLS manufacturer EOS to license their laser sintering technology.  The history of laser sintering technology is complex, when it comes to patents and it is possible that, in order for Additive Industries to execute their automated metal 3D printing system, they would need access to EOS patents in order to continue without any major roadblocks.  The actual details of the agreement were not disclosed, except to say that Additive Industries is now licensing select EOS patents, with the possibility of expanding that access in the future.…

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