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Global Law Firm Hunton & Williams Launches New Team Dedicated to Dealing with 3D Printing Legal Issues

by • April 20, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_Hunton_Williams_LogoBack in college I had a business teacher use a truism which has always seemed to prove itself to be rather accurate. He said which you understand a new industry has been born when the bankers and the lawyers begin revealing up en masse. The money men have been here for really a while now, but it looks like the lawyers are finally turning up to the party. Now which 3D printing has moved beyond the novelty stage and is developing into a powerhouse industrial making innovation, the days of ignoring the inevitable legal issues involved with innovation which can easily duplicate intellectual property are going to begin falling behind us.

It is not which the 3D printing industry has been free of legal fights or lawsuits, any tech industry, actually an emergent one, is going to be ripe with legal issues both related to lawsuits and out-dated laws and regulations. But until the last few years, 3D printing was largely seen by most as a tiny, novelty industry which was either a fad or may stay a niche innovation. But which is looking less and less most likely, as additional industries are turning to high-tech industrial 3D printing technologies in quickly increasing numbers. And as actually the lower-cost computer desktop 3D printing devices increase in high end and access to low-priced industrial high end 3D printing services expands, there is going to be a much greater require for legal counsel to navigate these uncharted waters.

Hunton & Williams 3D Printing Team leader Maya M. Eckstein.

Hunton & Williams 3D Printing Team leader Maya M. Eckstein.

Just this week, global legal firm Hunton & Williams revealed which they are launching a cross-practice 3D printing team which was created to advise their clients on a wide rage of legal topics related to the industry and innovation. With 3D printing innovation being used by a few of the biggest companies throughout the full spectrum of industries, most of their clients are may already preparing for any future legal roadblocks ahead. Hunton & Williams can be working with clients in industries as diverse as consumer product development, aerospace, car, energy production, medical and prosthetics, transportation, and real estate.

“We are quite excited of this new team. We are formalizing work we have been doing since the emergence of this transformative making system, and we are poised to advise on the new legal issues arising in 3D printing in intellectual property, product liability, compliance, regulatory, insurance, tax and other areas,” explained Maya M. Eckstein, the new 3D Printing Team leader and the head of Hunton & Williams intellectual property practice group.

To form the 3D Printing Team, the firm drew of its existing staff of additional than 800 lawyers of one of their 19 offices throughout the world. The multi-practice group of lawyers has may already been assisting clients with 3D printing related matters, and Hunton & Williams’ new 3D printing team can allow them to easily direct their clients’ inquiries and legal concerns to experts who can easily clarify and explain the related issues.

The New York office of Hunton & Williams.

The New York office of Hunton & Williams.

In addition to team leader Eckstein, the 3D printing group can include firm partners A. Todd Brown for issues related to litigation and products liability, Eric J. Hanson for intellectual property issues, Brian L. Hager to address any business or corporate concerns, Rita Davis to deal with any tax-related litigation issues, and Walter J. Andrews and Michael S. Levine who can handle insurance and client reinsurance advice. The team is expected to deal with any transactional, litigation and regulatory matters issues related to additive making for clients of their nineteen offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. You can find out additional information of the Hunton & Williams 3D printing team here. Thoughts on this new development in the legal world? Discuss in the 3D Printing Practice forum over at 3DPB.com.