3D Printing: Implications for Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Copyrights

Navigating the IP Challenges With Additive Manufacturing

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will examine 3D printing and its current and potential implications for patents, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and copyrights. The panel will offer guidance for developing enforcement strategies to police and protect IP rights in the emerging world of additive manufacturing.


One analyst group is predicting by 2018 the global losses in IP will reach $100 billion per year due to 3D printing. All industries will be impacted—from aviation and automotive to medicine and toys. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, turns industrialization on its head, moving from mass production to individual production.

The implications of 3D printing are enormous for all forms of IP. A 3D printed item may be very similar to a patented product and may infringe on patent rights, trade dress or trademark rights. Similarly, unique art scanned and 3D printed may infringe on an artist’s copyright.

While companies can take advantage of 3D printing for their own purposes, policing IP in a 3D printer world will be increasingly difficult. Counsel to IP owners must prepare strategies now to protect IP.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys discusses the potential impact of 3D printing on patent, trademark, trade secrets and copyrights. The panel will offer enforcement strategies to protect IP rights.



  1. 3D printing implications for IP
    1. Patent
    2. Trademarks and trade dress
    3. Trade secret
    4. Copyrights
  2. Policing and enforcement strategies
  3. Overarching issues


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How does 3D printing of products impact different types of intellectual property?
  • When determining which type of protection to seek, what factors related to 3D printing should IP counsel consider?
  • What steps should counsel take to police and protect IP in light of 3D printing?


John J. Cheek
John J. Cheek
Senior Corporate Counsel
John F. Hornick
John F. Hornick

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Hornick is an IP litigator and counselor of broad experience. He has litigated close to 100 IP cases in numerous...  |  Read More

Michael Weinberg
Michael Weinberg
IP & General Counsel

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