3-D Printing News You Need to Know: Expiring Patents and New Tech

The 3-D printing space has certainly garnered its fair share of media attention over the past year due to a multitude of factors, but one surely has been the rising use of personal 3-D printers by hobbyists. This increasing use can largely be attributed to the expiration of patents on the technology used in those printers, which is leading to a rapid onslaught of entrepreneurs creating their own hobbyist 3-D printers for resale. As history shows, patent expiration can frequently lead to periods of rapid innovation. In this video, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos covers some very important patents expiring in 2014. Watch the video below, and also check out this very innovative new 3-D printing technology featured at Rapid Ready Technology.   

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  • Report this Comment On July 25, 2013, at 10:09 PM, ScottAtlanta wrote:

    Whoa....another "Look out! These stocks are losers (3D, SSYS, etc.)..." article form B. Boss.

    Not a surprise. What I think is informative after watching several of your video reviews of 3-d printing space -- is that you're always pitching the "down" side...the cautionary take....and you've notably backed it up by refusing to buy stocks in this area -- your area of expertise. Which is really revealing. I did notice that you own MSFT since this came up in an article and now you like GE in the space and, basically, set it up here as the behemoth that will step into the space and squash 3D and SSYS, etc.

    Whereas....David Gardner recommends 3D and SSYS as buys. I think that if you did not have a negative bias you would address the issue of patent expiration differently. Including, in addition to the "watch out!" part, a possible strategy for these companies such as investing in R&D to book important patents and therefore protect their market share. Or a sentence or two of how other cos. facing patent expirations handled them to come out on top, or not.

    I expect to hear all sides of a story...the cautions and the hopes....when there is side overwhelms the other....resulting in a sense of a less trustworthy source of information. If you're deliberately taking the "contrarian" angle to balance the overall positive viewpoint....I think it would be good to just own that.

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