Organizations looking to develop or expand their additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities are running up against a deceptively difficult question – how can we print without getting trapped in legal disputes? While intellectual property (IP) rules around manufacturing designs and technical data have existed for decades, AM and its enabling infrastructure dramatically lower barriers for producing parts and copying, transmitting, and modifying their designs. What were traditionally fringe cases in manufacturing IP law are now occurring more frequently and can no longer be overlooked. And as technology pushes the boundaries of AM’s capabilities even further, IP law may not keep pace.
This presentation is designed to guide business leaders who want to plan for their growth in AM while taking into account the very real IP risks. We will bring IP considerations for AM front and center by seeing how AM’s potential to democratize production also makes IP particularly difficult to protect. Although these AM IP considerations are still being worked through by legal experts, we will draw lessons from relevant historical and developing cases across different industries to reveal how organizations can comfortably utilize AM today. Attendees will gain an understanding of the value in addressing AM IP concerns proactively as well as best practices for managing IP risk in an uncertain IP landscape.
- Pursue AM with an understanding of the common sources of IP risks.
- Approach an assessment of IP risks around their personal or organizational use of AM.
- Apply best practices to manage their personal or organizational IP risks.