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3D Systems (DDD) is receiving some bad PR in the tech press after suing popular crowd-funding...

3D Systems (DDD) is receiving some bad PR in the tech press after suing popular crowd-funding platform Kickstarter for promoting a 3D printer that allegedly infringes one of 3D's patents. The printer in question was developed by startup Formlabs, which raised $2.9M via Kickstarter to build it, and the patent in question relates to improving the quality of products made using a printing technique known as stereolithography.
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  • RHMASSING
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    Any infringement of the patent should be vigorously challenged. Let the court decide if the patent is violated. Any small start-up can become formidable competitor in the future.
    21 Nov 2012, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • Longaapl1200
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    The problem with court action to defend a patent rights is that the party with the most money will always win hands down. Been there, done that!
    21 Nov 2012, 05:29 PM Reply Like
  • Manxbuilder
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    What should they do, let someone steal from them? I've never heard anyone else getting bad PR for standing behind their patent rights. This is insane. I guess knock off Apple iPhones should be legal. Why bother getting a patent if it makes you the bad guy for enforcing it. It's OK for someone to post an article hear slandering the company but not Ok for them to protect themselves.....This is more insanity.
    21 Nov 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • RileysDadDave
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    Why bad pr for going after someone who is stealing your work?

     

    Just because hipsters like KickStarter, it is NOT a license to steal fro others.
    22 Nov 2012, 03:01 AM Reply Like
  • hajihollyrock
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    Someone stealing your invention idea is not necessarily the worst thing that can happen. The guy who invented the Ab Roller (or whatever it was called) was having no success generating interest in or selling his new product. When a marketing company stole the concept and started selling their own version of the Ab Roller they turned the product into a huge success. With the proper patents in place the original Inventor was able to sue the company, won his case and became a millionaire over night. He was then able to issue a license to the marketing company to keep making, marketing and selling their knock off and the rest his history. Just sayin...
    22 Nov 2012, 03:19 AM Reply Like
  • Hueyhawk
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    Why bother getting a patent if it makes you the bad guy for enforcing it. I second that!!!!!
    22 Nov 2012, 03:20 AM Reply Like
  • boldar
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    I don't give a rip if the company is UNICEF or Dollars for Babies, they cannot just steal a patent like this because the are charity or other "do gooder" company. DDD should defend it's patents against anyone. Imagine if Apple did not fight for their patents. Would they even still be in business? Any negative PR on this issue totally unwarranted. PERIOD.
    22 Nov 2012, 03:27 AM Reply Like
  • tinrooster
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    There is no reason for bad public relations in this case. What kind of fool would bad mouth a company for protecting their product ? It is absolutely wrong to steal someone elses technology.Even if they win in court they still have to spend a lot of time, money and energy to protect their own product.
    24 Nov 2012, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    I think the criticism has less to do with 3D suing Formlabs (the company that developed the allegedly infringing printer) than with it suing Kickstarter, which merely provided a funding platform for Formlabs.
    26 Nov 2012, 10:44 AM Reply Like
  • rrrblackstar
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    I agree. Patent litigation can take a very long time as long each side keep fighting. Let us remember the Apple v Samsung cases were Apple lost because of too broad of patents.
    26 Mar 2013, 01:14 PM Reply Like
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