Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

With more than 350 intellectual property professionals, Finnegan is one of the world’s largest IP law firms practicing all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Finnegan delivers sophisticated legal strategies to help clients, including those who use additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping or end-product manufacturing to protect, advocate, and leverage their innovative technologies and valuable IP assets. For more information, please visit

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Finnegan is well equipped with the skills and experience to help companies prepare for the effects of 3D printing, by protecting and respecting IP rights. Additive manufacturing cuts across virtually all technologies and all types of IP. The multidisciplinary nature of 3D printing demands professionals with technological breadth, as well as mastery of the interplay between this technology and the IP laws. In addition to Finnegan’s legal experience in the complex field of IP, our attorneys have expertise in a wide array of technologies, including electrical and computer, materials science, industrial manufacturing, mechanical engineering, software, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, the Internet, and other related fields. Nearly 80 of our professionals hold doctoral degrees and nearly 100 have Master of Science degrees in these highly complex disciplines. Many have also previously had successful careers as engineers, research scientists, patent examiners, and in-house counsel.

This breadth and depth uniquely positions us to help our clients navigate the complex technical and legal issues of 3D printing. Because of our ability to combine science and legal analysis, we can provide guidance that ultimately results in strong, defensible, and enforceable IP, and effective strategies for defending and enforcing it.

Finnegan understands the potentially disruptive nature of 3D printing, the need of companies to determine how this technology may affect them, the demands of investors and shareholders to generate value, and the importance of securing early and meaningful IP protection. We have advised 3D printer makers, digital design exchanges, materials companies, and government policymakers. From educating clients on the effects of 3D printing technologies to developing tailored IP strategies, we provide a full range of services to our clients.

  • Advising on how 3D printing and additive manufacturing can affect your company
  • Advice on the state of the art, system selection and adoption, and technology mapping
  • Developing and executing strategies to ensure strong utility and design patents, and a robust IP portfolio
  • Analyzing competitors’ IP to avoid infringement and identify weaknesses in their portfolios, including strategic patent mapping and mining
  • Conducting prior art searches and providing freedom to operate and patent validity opinions
  • Preparing and negotiating licenses and other transactions to commercialize IP rights
  • Preparing collaboration, license, and 3D printing ecosystem agreements
  • Developing winning litigation strategies to enforce 3D printing IP and defend claims of IP infringement
  • Counseling on R&D options that minimize IP obstacles
  • Providing due diligence, advice, and industry, market, and competitive research related to mergers, acquisitions, investment targets, barriers to entry, and technology niches
  • Facilitating connections to industry players and products in the machines and materials space
  • Counseling on business-related matters, including antitrust and competition issues
  • Providing trademark prosecution and counseling services
  • Protecting copyrights in 3D printing-related software and digital blueprints
  • Formulating strategies for alternative protection for IP under pressure from 3D printing
  • Advising on the interplay between 3D printing and the U.S. export control laws

Finnegan attorneys have secured, analyzed, commercialized, enforced, and/or defended the IP assets of clients in virtually every technology area associated with 3D printing.

Range of Services

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Bioengineering and biomedical devices
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electrical-mechanical systems
  • Fashion
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Internet
  • Machine technology
  • Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Textiles and wearable technology
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