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3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. - Henry Ford

Technological innovations in manufacturing are the fuel injector of the American economy. 3D printing, prototyping, additive manufacturing, biologics and semiconductors are only a glimpse of the horizon. As these industries grow, dynamic manufacturing enterprises on the leading edge will need lawyers who understand the business at its scientific core, are responsive, savvy, and who can help them solve legal challenges with practical, customized solutions.

That’s McCarter & English. These new technologies present two main legal challenges for companies in the field: intellectual property and product liability.

Intellectual property. Protecting your intellectual property just got a lot harder. How do you protect your patents and brands when others manufacture and sell the products? How do manufacturers avoid running afoul of others’ IP or getting caught in the middle? Companies have the advantage of our lawyers’ IP skills and experience to protect their portfolios and steer clear of trouble.

Product liability. This disruption in manufacturing generates a concomitant disruption in the product liability risks our industry faces. Who or what is a manufacturer? How does the manufacturer control risk? How will new technologies be regulated? Are there new participants that can share the risks?

None of these issues should make companies hesitate to pursue these technologies. They are simply issues to be solved. We can help you analyze the market, the product lines, the protections and the transformative application potential of your products.

Speaking

11/21/13
Fashion Law Panel on Brand Protection & Counterfeiting
New England School of Law: Art and Fashion Law Society
05/30/13
3-D Printing Symposium
Exponent, Inc. and McCarter & English at Museum of Science, Boston, MA.
02/25/13
Fashion Law Week
Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC