Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
Additive Manufacturing (often referred to simply as 3D Printing) holds tremendous promise across a wide range human endeavor. With the potential to transform industries ranging from automotive parts to batteries to bioprinted organs and tissues, the intellectual property opportunities and challenges are growing exponentially.
The Gartner Group forecasts shipments of 3D printers will double in 2015 – and will double every year between now and 2018. Consumer 3D printers will create the potential for proprietary designs and trademarks to be manufactured and/or reproduced in people’s homes. Meanwhile at the enterprise level, potential applications will reach far beyond prototyping. In addition, medicine will apply additive manufacturing technologies to treat and cure a wide range of conditions.
Sterne Kessler has a team with experience across the many technical, industry and legal disciplines needed to address additive manufacturing challenges and opportunities.
What is additive manufacturing?
3D printing has colloquially come to refer to all types of additive manufacturing and involves building an object one layer at a time. This process includes stereo lithography, extrusion, lamination, sintering, and melting. Already, 3D printing has been used to create Aston Martin DB5 replicas to spare the original from destruction in cinema; build rocket injectors for NASA; arrange cells into tissues and organs; and even build an entire house.
A 3D printer requires digital instructions to guide fabrication of the physical object. These digital instructions are often created through computer-aided design software or can be generated from a three-dimensional scan of a physical object. Companies offer free software to turn a series of photos into a 3D printable design and sell desktop 3D scanners to digitize physical objects for copying.
Why Sterne Kessler?
- Our attorneys, patent agents, and technical specialists have deep technical expertise in the complete range of diverse fields that are important in additive manufacturing, including materials science, engineering, computer science and software, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and robotics. Sterne Kessler has over 50 legal professionals with Ph.D.s in these sciences.
- We are at the forefront of protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in emerging technologies.
- We provide strategic counsel from idea conception, intellectual property protection, and enforcement.
- We are regularly recognized by companies and top organizations for patent protection.