Printing

Printing technology has progressed over the last 40 years from 2D printing on various media to producing 3D articles from scratch.

Intellectual property has long been a key consideration for the digital printing industry, protecting everything from printer cartridges and refills to software-based colour mapping techniques, apparatus and the emergence of additive manufacturing.

Representing a fundamental aspect of the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution and a manufacturing technology in its own right, the scope for 3D printing is enormous, with the capacity to transform countless sectors, from bespoke prosthetics or even organs in medicine to consumer electronics.

With the power to bespokely fabricate any item that’s made with materials such as polymer, metal or even foodstuffs, additive manufacturing represents a significant shift in the types of products that can be produced. In particular, complex finished items that can be created layer-by-layer. Additive manufacturing is not restricted to the industrial environment; with advances in technology driving costs down, 3D printers are widely available for home use.

HGF’s specialist attorneys possess comprehensive experience in patent drafting and prosecution in this growing, revolutionary field of technology, securing fundamental patent rights for all key aspects of printing technology. This allows our clients to remain at the leading-edge of technology, whilst countering competition and driving further innovation.

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Event - 9th September 2021

Autonomous Vehicles Expo 2021

HGF is sponsoring the Autonomous Vehicles Expo which is being held on 9th September. Autonomous Vehicles Expo will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will …

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Event - 29th July 2021

HGF and Shiga webinar: Patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan

HGF in Europe and Shiga in Japan are holding a joint webinar on 29th July 2021. Fitter, faster, stronger – patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan Sporting …

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IAM Patent 1000 2021

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …

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Event - 25th May 2021

IAM webinar: How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution

HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Sofie McPherson will be presenting a webinar ‘How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution’ on 25th May. This session will explore how 5G …

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Event - 26th April 2021

World Intellectual Property Day 2021

World Intellectual Property Day is on 26th April. This year’s theme is IP & SME’s: Taking your ideas to market. World IP day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of …

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Event - 11th May 2021

IAM AI IP Connect 2021

HGF is sponsoring IAM’s virtual event AI IP Connect on 11-12th May 2021. IAM’s virtual AI IP Connect event will explore the latest strategies and insight IP managers can use …

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Patentability of Computer Simulations in Europe (G 01/19)

The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …

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Event - 9th March 2021

WIPR webinar: Applied AI: Effectively Monetising Innovation

WIPR and HGF are holding a webinar on 9th March. HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Patent Director Dr Lauris Kemp will be presenting a webinar on 9th March on ‘Applied AI: Effectively …

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