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The Intersection of 3D Printing and Intellectual Property

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You can’t manage what you can’t measure. And you can’t assert your patents when you can’t detect infringement. And you are going to have a hell of a time detecting infringement when infringing activity manifests itself in personalized production.

This webinar provides valuable insight into how 3D printing companies are protecting their intellectual property as well as how the growing pervasiveness of 3D printing will impact intellectual property issues.

This session begins by providing solid background information on what is transpiring in the 3D printing industry. A review of the 3D printing technologies, industrial uses and dominant companies is provided.

The following are among the issues discussed during this webinar:

  • How will patentees be able to detect infringement resulting from the application of 3D printing?
  • As 3D printing becomes more common, which industry players (3D printer manufacturers, scanning makers, 3D printing services, peer-to-peer websites) will be at risk for inducement of infringement and contributory infringement?
  • Is 3D printing more likely to infringe utility or business methods patents?
  • How extensive is the copyright protection enjoyed by 3D printer manufacturers?
  • Where does the intersection of 3D printing and Open Source lie?
  • How will patents covering spare parts be impacted by 3D printing?
  • To what extent does the Digital Millennium Copyright Act apply to 3D printing?
  • What are the merits of patenting the materials used in 3D printing?
  • What is the difference in copyright in the CAD file, copyright in the design and copyright in a scan file?
  • What is the distinction (and significance of) between “expression” and “function”?
  • What is a “copy”?
  • What is the effect of Creative Commons on 3D printing?
  • How will design rights be impacted by 3D printing?
  • How will 3D printing affect the value of trademarks?
  • How will business models be impacted by 3D printing?

Course Leader: Joren De Wachter, Head of Strategy, ipVA

Joren is an independent Intellectual Property strategist. He advises investors and businesses on how to generate more value from their Intellectual Capital. With a focus on technology businesses, primarily in Information Technology, software, Internet, content and new media

Joren set up his own, independent IP strategy consultancy in 2008, as one of the very first in this field.

Joren has more than twenty years of international experience advising public and private companies at every stage of their business development, as well as their investors, predominantly in the technology sector, and at the most senior levels.

He qualified as a lawyer in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and worked in private practice at the Brussels bar, before moving to an in-house position in software firms, first as International Counsel, then as General Counsel.

Course Length: Approx. 1.5 hours

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