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Business and Legal Issues in Additive Manufacturing

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • McLane Law Firm 300 TradeCenter Suite 7600 (for GPS purposes, use 100 Sylvan Rd.) Woburn, Massachusetts 01801

Join McLane Law and ACTION - the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England - for

Business and Legal Issues in Additive Manufacturing

Join McLane Law, in partnership with ACTION, for a panel discussion of the technical, business and legal aspects to consider as new materials and technologies drive advanced manufacturing processes. Panelists will discuss how these new technologies are changing and challenging the face of business.

  • Fabio M. Esposito, President & CEO, Solidscape, Inc.
  • Dr. Stephen Johnson, Assistant Professor, Plastics Engineering, UMass, Lowell
  • Dr. Thomas J. Webster, Department of Bioengineering, Northeastern University
  • Beverly Hjorth, Intellectual Property Attorney, McLane Law Firm
  • Moderated by Dr. Lin J. Hymel, Director, Intellectual Property Law Group, McLane Law Firm

The panel of presenters will address the following topics:

Additive Manufacturing Technology

  • What equipment and materials are available for additive manufacturing?
  • How are product design blueprints made for use in additive manufacturing?
  • What future developments are expected?
Changing Manufacturing Paradigms in Business
  • What industries are taking advantage of advanced manufacturing?
  • How is additive manufacturing replacing traditional techniques?
  • How does additive manufacturing and availability of materials affect product design?
  • Will additive manufacturing occur locally, nationally, or internationally?
  • What materials are available and where are they sourced?
  • Will replacement parts be manufactured on an as needed basis?
  • Should consumers be able to print replacement parts?
  • How will advanced manufacturing affect distribution networks and sales channels?
  • What is the impact of crowd sourcing of designs?
What Legal Issues are Raised by Advanced Manufacturing?
  • What mechanisms are available for protecting intellectual property in additive manufacturing?
  • How can companies detect and protect against infringement of intellectual property?
  • What legal issues are raised by open source designs?
  • What regulatory compliance issues are raised by additive manufacturing?
  • What environmental issues are raised by additive manufacturing?
  • What liability issues are raised by additive manufacturing?
5:30 p.m. - Registration/Networking
6:00-7:30 p.m. - Program
7:30-8:00 p.m. - Networking

This workshop is being offered as a free educational session.


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