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.

Latest updates

Artificial intelligence inventions in healthcare – can you patent them in Europe?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has moved from the realm of science fiction firmly into the mainstream of technological innovation. Trained AI models in some cases are able to perform data analysis …

Read article

Patenting digital mental health

Mental health and behavioural disorders have a profound impact on wellbeing worldwide, with an estimated 13% of the global population suffering from a mental health or substance use disorder [1]. …

Read article

Patentability of Simulations in Europe

Simulations offer a powerful tool in modern-day engineering. Subjecting designs to initial testing in a simulated environment will, for many designs, reduce costs owing to reduced needs to produce and …

Read article
Event - 9th December 2021

Technology Transfer Primer - IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare

The University of Hong Kong is hosting a webinar on ‘IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare’ on 9th December 2021 with HGF’s Partner Dr Chris Benson and Patent Director …

Event details
Event - 1st December 2021

Webinar: Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips for its patent obtainment in Japan

Join our webinar on 1st December, where speakers from Shiga, one of the leading IP firms in Japan, will present on ‘Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips …

Event details
Event - 3rd November 2021

Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US

HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …

Event details
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 …

Event details
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 …

Event details

Let's talk

If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our printing specialists.