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3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

We advised 3D printer makers, digital design exchanges, materials companies, and other industry players on legal issues unique to 3D printing.
We advised a company that sells materials for use with 3D printers on its use of trademarks owned by 3D printer companies for which it sells such materials
Finnegan advised an international equipment company regarding its launch of a 3D printer. This was the first traditional manufacturing company from outside the 3D printing industry to introduce a 3D printer. This soup-to-nuts project involved developing legal statements for the operating manual, creating of a software user agreement and website terms and conditions, and analyzing agreements with development partners.
We supported a major chemical company’s internal 3D printing task force, which was charged with identifying potential 3D printing markets for its materials, internal uses of additive manufacturing to benefit the company, and risks presented by 3D printing.
Finnegan advised several major industrial companies, including a consumer products company, a food products company, and diversified manufacturing companies, regarding the state of the art of 3D printing technology, including how they could enter the market.
We advised government policymakers regarding the potential effects of 3D printing, including the Comptroller General of the United States and the National Association of Attorneys General.
We advised major industrial companies on how to address challenges to their profitable parts businesses that are under pressure from replacement and customized parts that may be 3D printed by customers and others, including developing patent claiming strategies and ways to adapt their business models.
Finnegan represented the patent owner in infringement litigation against a former reseller of an additively manufactured product, which was making and selling infringing versions of the client’s products.
We helped various companies protect their 3D printing-related technology with patents, including a developer of software and systems for securely streaming digital files for 3D printing, a developer of post-3D printing processing technology, materials developers, and with a patent a developer of compositions and methods for improving objects made by material extrusion.