New Expressions: 3D Printing & the Changing IP Landscape


This program will review the current state of the art and explore many of the copyright issues that 3D printing and scanning may implicate, including the useful article doctrine; the derivative work right; fair use; secondary liability; the anti-circumvention and safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; and recent Supreme Court cases on design patent protection and the scope of copyright in 3D objects.

Join Fenwick lawyer Armen Nercession and his fellow panelists as they:

  • Explore the shift in production cycles across a wide range of material industries fueled by the advent of affordable, high quality 3D printing
  • Identify the legal hurdles associated with the new blurry line between application and expression, in a time when an average consumer can physically reproduce intellectual property they don't own the rights to
  • Summarize the state of the 3D printing industry with regards to various copyright laws and acts in place such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act