IP: 3D printing can create trade secrets misappropriation opportunities

Fisher/Unitech, Inc. v. Computer Aided Tech., Inc. serves as an early example of claimed misappropriation of 3D printing industry trade secrets

Though trade secret questions have not yet taken up as much of the conversation surrounding 3D printing and IP litigation, 3D printing is ripe for trade secret conflicts. In general, increased employee mobility has produced more risk of disclosure for all trade secret owners. When it comes to 3D printing and its related technologies, the industry’s rapid expansion and consolidation make those with 3D printing experience particularly enticing targets for recruitment — and creates more opportunities for potential misappropriation of 3D printing industry trade secrets.

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Bryan J. Vogel

Bryan J. Vogel is a trial lawyer and partner with the firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. He is a registered patent attorney with...

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