3D Printing – A new challenge for IP law

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3D printing opens up an exciting range of advanced manufacturing possibilities. It also has the potential to be highly disruptive to traditional design and manufacturing processes, raising the prospect of conflict with existing intellectual property rights.

At this seminar, we will discuss issues relating to 3D printing including:


  • The impact of 3D printing on IP rights holders
  • The potential for 3D printing to infringe various IP rights
  • Possible defences or exceptions to infringement
  • Suggestions as to how associated risks might be mitigated

The duration of the seminar will be approximately 1 hour.

About the presenters:

 Adrian Crooks is a patent and trade marks attorney and lawyer, and is a Partner of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers. Adrian represents clients in a range of patent infringement matters, particularly in relation to engineering technologies. He regularly acts for Australian and overseas clients in opposition proceedings before the Patent Office. He has experience providing infringement and validity advice across all aspects of IP.

Margaret Ryan is a lawyer and trade marks attorney and is Special Counsel of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers. Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in all areas of IP law practice. She represents clients in both litigious and commercial matters. Margaret was awarded the University Medal in Law and has been a co-author of the copyright section of The Laws of Australia. She also conducts trade mark oppositions before the Trade Marks Office.

Date: Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start (Melbourne and Sydney)

11.45am for a 12.00pm start (Adelaide)


Melbourne Office

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 23, 367 Collins Street

Sydney Office

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street

Adelaide Office

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Level 5/75 Hindmarsh Square



RSVP: By Monday 21 July, to Victoria Wild at marketing@pof.com.au

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements. 

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