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3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: Cutting-Edge IP and Business Implications

Industrial and consumer use of 3D printing are on the rise impacting supply, manufacturing and retailing chains globally. China, India, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and South Africa are investing significantly on 3D printing technology. As it becomes more common for 3D printers to make parts and entire products in a single build, with no assembly required, manufacturing is becoming increasingly democratized. Democratized manufacturing means that virtually anyone can make almost anything “away from control.” This capability has serious intellectual property implications, especially for companies that depend on parts sales. According to Gartner, an information technology research firm, by the year 2018 industrial and consumer 3D printer sales will reach 2.3 million units and annual global intellectual property losses due to 3D printing may reach at least $100 billion. Further, an IBM study reports that 3D printing may leave companies unable to generate profits from selling spare parts.

The widespread use of 3D printers raises complex legal questions. Attend the INTA's 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Conference to hear legal experts, policy makers, in-house counsel, industry thought leaders and open innovation advocates address these issues and more!

Keynote Speaker for Day 1

Tuesday, March 10
9:15 am to 10:15 am

John Murray, President & CEO, Concept Laser Inc.

John Murray joined Concept Laser GmbH in 2013 to develop and expand Concept Laser’s world-class additive metals platforms (3D Printing) in North American and Canada. Prior to joining Concept Laser, Murray was Vice President, Client Services for Solidiform Inc., a leading-edge supplier of investment and sand castings for the aerospace industry. In addition, Murray held the positions of Global Account Manager for Aerospace and Defense with Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp; Vice President, Sales for Idealab (Desktop Factory); and Senior Director, Global Business Development for Motorsports and Aerospace with 3D Systems.

Keynote Speakers for Day 2: Desktop 3D Printing: Where it is and Where it’s Headed

Wednesday, March 11
8:45 am to 9:30 am

Sam Cervantes, founder and CEO of Solidoodle

In September, 2011, Sam Cervantes, founder and CEO of Solidoodle, started his 3D printing company in his Brooklyn kitchen! His goal was to put a 3D printer in every home around the world. Today, Solidoodle 3D printers are sold in 60 different countries. Mr. Cervantes is a frequent speaker at various technology events and has been interviewed by Forbes, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and many more.

John C. Knapp, General Counsel of Solidoodle

Joining Mr. Cervantes for his keynote address is John C. Knapp, General Counsel of Solidoodle. Mr. Knapp has worked with several law firms in New York City and has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2013 Edition of Super Lawyers.

Watch co-chair, Marc Trachtenberg discussing the elements of 3D printing, its impact on intellectual property laws and how this conference aims to address some of these questions.