Policy & Law
There's no way to know what success 3D Systems will have with the lawsuit at this point — the patent is long, detailed, and covers multiple claims related to the use of data to build layers and sections in objects. The company says in a press release that "although Formlabs has publicly stated that certain patents have expired, 3D Systems believes the Form 1 3D printer infringes at least one of our patents, and we intend to enforce our patent rights." While the lawsuit may take some time to resolve, it's certainly a worrying prospect for the backers who funded the project — the first units are not estimated to ship until February 2013.
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