Nürnberg, Germany, 29. - 30. November 2016
International Conference on Additive Technologies
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Invited lectures 2014


William J. Cass
Cantor Colburn LLP, USA
Additive Manufacturing and Intellectual Property

Understanding the challenges concerning the intellectual property (IP) rights associated with additive manufacturing is key to the development and use of this technology.  

The increased ability to replicate designs through various technologies (such as laser scanners) and convert them into CAD (design) files and STL (printing) files means that the technology has the potential to be a disruptive technology.  The expiration of key patents, technical improvements and the changing legal landscape, mean that traditional ways of addressing IP need to be revisited.  Global IP strategies through the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Berne Convention on copyrights, and the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs will be discussed.

Bill Cass has tried cases as lead trial counsel before juries and judges involving millions in alleged damages for both plaintiffs and defendants involving all forms of intellectual property. Recently, Bill successfully defended Faro Technologies, Inc. in a two week jury trial in a case brought by Nikon Metrology, Inc., which involved laser scanners mounted on articulated coordinate measuring machines. His cases involve complex technology, including medical devices, circuitry, mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry, and computer software. 

Bill holds a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic institute, where he concentrated in robotics. He also holds a commercial multiengine instrument rating and advises clients in aviation technology. Bill has spoken on topics concerning intellectual property internationally at EuroMold, Rapid (SME), and also at a recent White House Symposium on Additive Manufacturing.

Bill has appeared throughout the United States in various federal courts.

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