In a recent legal row, Desktop Metal had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Markforged over certain components of the Metal X 3D printer. The suit alleges that Markforged has unlawfully used their support structure breakaway system. The legal proceedings revolve around how similar the two systems are and whether they constitute patent infringement.
This case is another major legal dispute between two of the most prominent manufacturers in the metal 3D printing industry. The industry is no stranger to lawsuits and legal battles but rarely are they on scale of these two companies.
Desktop Metal is currently pursuing a damages claim, however Markforged has since denied any wrongdoing. Both companies are embroiled in a suit that seeks to determine whether Markforged’s system is similar to patent numbers 9,815,118 and 9,833,839.
Markforged has also stated that they will respond with a counter-suit. Both company’s CEOs have provided their own rebuttals to the proceedings.
Desktop Metal CEO Ric Fulop has recently stated: “We believe Markforged products clearly utilize technology patented by Desktop Metal and we will do what is necessary to protect our IP and our company.”
In response Greg Mark, founder and CEO of Markforged, said:
I founded Markforged in my kitchen six years ago. I dreamt of giving every engineer the ability to 3D print real, functional, mechanical parts. We invented something that had never existed before — a continuous carbon fiber 3D printer. Our Metal X product is an extension of that platform.
We’ve come a long way. We now have the most advanced technology platform in 3D printing, and I’m incredibly proud of what our team of engineers have accomplished.
On Monday, a competitor filed a lawsuit against us, including various far-fetched allegations. Markforged categorically denies these allegations and we will be formally responding shortly in our own court filing.
Markforged is a thriving business with a dedicated team of passionate people, and we’re going to continue to execute and deliver amazing products to our customers.