Ask a Fool: How Will Patent Expiry Affect 3D Systems?

Could these patent expiries drag down 3D Systems' stock?

Jan 31, 2014 at 6:51PM

In this video as part of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos takes a question from a Fool reader, who writes: "What are your thoughts on 3D Systems' (NYSE:DDD) patent expiry and the potential impact on the company? This will effectively open the doors of competition to new players right?" Blake mentions that this is in reference to US Pat 4,575,330, the full history of which can be found in an article here. Blake breaks down for investors 3D Systems' patent history, and the technical details behind the most important patents involved here. He also discusses how the company will be affected once these patent expiries come to pass.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

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The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

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