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Beyond Patents: 3D Printing and IP

Bryan J. Vogel, of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, writes: Changing patent laws as well as renewed interest in trade secret law benefits and rights from copyright, trade dress and design patent law will all play a role in 3D printing IP disputes. Staying ahead of 3D printing’s financial impact on IP rights requires an understanding of both the multiple technologies at stake as well as the IP issues 3D printing innovations raise.

Patent Act Fee Shifting Decisions Focus on Discretion, Deference

Robert M. Isackson and Ilene Albala of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in ‘Octane Fitness’, which has spawned some decisions that suggest that the bar to recovering attorneys’ fees has indeed been lowered.

Patent Indefiniteness After ‘Nautilus’

Ognian V. Shentov of Jones Day provides background and reports on some recent developments to help navigate the changing landscape in the law on indefiniteness.

Using General Liability Insurance Policies to Cover IP Claims

Alan S. Hock, a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, writes: Under the coverage provisions in standard comprehensive general liability insurance policies, there is often coverage for what is known as “Advertising Injury.” Coverage for Advertising Injury often exists with respect to claims made against the insured for copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress (product design and packaging) infringement and sometimes for patent infringement as well. Although this coverage is of critical importance, its very existence often comes as a surprise to those business executives who need it most and often to their counsel as well.