The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., recently hosted a fascinating display of technology. 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) , Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS ) , and other top companies involved in additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, displayed their wares in the same room.
Fool analyst Rex Moore was at the conference, and chatted with Stratasys engineer Jim Comb. In this installment of our multi-part series, Jim explains why expiring patents are benefiting the entire industry, as well as consumers the world over.
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