Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg is Vice President at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit advocacy group that represents consumers on technology issues in Washington, DC. He is also also the author of a number of whitepapers including It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology and What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing? Follow him @MWeinbergPK

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The long running patent infringement lawsuit between 3D Systems and Formlabs is over. The two sides settled, agreeing to dismiss all claims and counterclaims and for each side to pay its own legal costs. Additionally, Formlabs will pay 3D Systems an 8% royalty on Formlabs sales. This development brings to... Read more »

Photo: Kent Wang

  Recently, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum released detailed 3D scan data for its home. And it has a pretty nice home. The museum, which is located in Manhattan and is dedicated to historic and contemporary design, is housed in the former mansion of Andrew Carnegie. Built around the turn of the... Read more »


As you may recall, back in November Stratasys (the company that owns MakerBot) sued Microboards Technology, LLC (the company that makes the Afinia desktop 3D printer) for patent infringement. Specifically, Stratasys accused Afinia of violating four of its patents. This case is important beyond the fates of Stratasys and Afinia... Read more »

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In March, we wrote about a White House memo directing federal agencies to make 3D files more available to the public.At the time, the best example of this was the Smithsonian X 3D platform. Since then, the NIH has gotten into the action with its 3D Print Exchange, as has NASA... Read more »

DJI Phanton Quadcopter. Image from flickr user Adam Meek.

Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg translates the key legal principles regarding digital files, 3D printing, and intellectual property and breaks it down from a US legal perspective. Read more »

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The thing about a big disruptive technology is that it disrupts some people who like the way things are. And, eventually, every big disruption starts to catch the attention of the government. Read more »

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Unrestricted 3D scans from Uncle Sam. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released a memorandum directing federal agencies to develop a plan in the next six months to make their scientific collections publicly available. It's the first step towards creating a central repository of all of... Read more »


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