IP: 3D Printing Can Create Trade Secrets Misappropriation Opportunities

Review of trade secret law and how 3D printing expansion and consolidation may fuel future 3D industry trade secret misappropriation claims.

December 10, 2013

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.

Reprinted with permission from InsideCounsel.

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