Legal aspects of 3D Printing Electronics

Be aware of the legal aspects but don’t let legal challenges scare you off. Ernst-Jan Louwers will guide you through the legal swamps of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. To enable businesses to operate responsibly, he will share insights on IP, the division of responsibility in design and manufacturing, open source and open design, consequences of changing supply chains, warranty and liability issues.

A presentation by Ernst Jan Louwers, attorney-at-law at Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten.


Question 1: What drives you?
Creativity, technology and innovation inspires me during my work and private life. It brings new and additional insights. As a lawyer, we need to stay up to date in new developments to be able to properly assist my clients.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
I intend to create some awareness of legal aspects in order to be able to define risks and challenges.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The pace of innovation is higher than ever. AI for a start seems to be the most challenging and groundbreaking technology trend. But also for instance photonic integrated circuits offer huge potential.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Many tech innovations lead to lower energy usage and thus to environmental advantages.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
For some technologies legislation may be a hurdle such as privacy laws. Other legal challenges may also need to be overcome; for instance liability, IP, export controls and dual use regulations may present unwelcome surprises.

About Ernst Jan Louwers
Mr Ernst-Jan Louwers LLM is attorney-at-law/founding partner at Louwers IPTechnology Advocaten in the design and technology region Brainport Eindhoven. He has 35 years of experience in the legal profession in the Netherlands and abroad. In his practice, he focuses on the closely linked areas of IP, licensing, contracting, design and technology.

About Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten
Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is a lean and mean niche firm in the field of intellectual property & innovation, IT & IT outsourcing, privacy and internet & e-commerce. We operate especially at the intersection of law and technology.

The firm is established in the design, tech, IT and innovative regions Brainport Eindhoven and The Hague.

Litigation, contracts, (strategic) advice, due diligence and structural support like contract and IP management. We will find the best solution for you and are at your side.

We assist market participants and (semi) government in the timely recognition and interpretation of developments in the field of IT, internet, IP, innovation and technology, and proper control of their position and interests.
Rankings and client appreciation

Our firm and our team are again highly recommended in the authoritative legal guide Legal500 with rankings for Information Technology and Intellectual Property. Highlighted is our work in IT, data privacy and complex IT contractual negotiations, public procurements, outsourcings and cloud sourcing projects. On the ranking for Intellectual Property, our litigation practice, contracting, licensing and due dilligence in a range of sectors was highlighted. This includes plant breeders, manufacturing and technology.

An investigation has shown an overall appreciation of our firm’s services in an 8.1 on a scale of 10. Foremost, crucial elements such as professional skills, speed, communication, transparancy, adequate and pragmatic support, practical usability of advice and friendliness of our staff are highly appreciated. It would be our pleasure to provide you with additional specific client testimonials.

Ernst Jan Louwers is speaker at the 2021 edition of 3D Printing Electronics Conference.