3D printing and the future (or demise) of Intellectual Property

Are you prepared for the changes 3D printing will bring to the IP world and beyond?

Imagine a world where you could create any product in a matter of hours from the comfort of your own home, all you would need is the design file. When everyone has access to their own personal means of production, IP will become more important and vulnerable than ever.

While still in its infancy, this technology has the potential to change IP laws, practices and enforcement.

John Hornick knows it’s hard to picture that reality at the moment, but that’s why he is spreading the word about the possibilities and challenges that 3D printing will bring.Through his years of experience working in IP, John has expert insights as to how this revolution will affect the industry and possible precautions that could be taken.

The structure of the webinar

  • The implications of 3D printing in counterfeiting and brand abuse
  • P2P copies: When 3D design files can be reproduced and shared
  • Possible impacts of the technology in state regulation
  • The challenges and risks brought by the democratization of manufacturing


The Speaker

John F. Hornick

Award-winning author & IP counselor and litigator

John Hornick has 30+ years of experience in IPR. He has litigated close to 100 patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing cases. John founded Finnegan’s 3D Printing Working Group and advises clients on the IP issues of 3D printing. His articles have been published in the Journal of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing and in Wired Innovation. He was the only IP attorney selected by the U.S. Comptroller General Forum on Additive Manufacturing.