Experts to discuss, demystify IP implications of 3D printing at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

For Immediate Release
Wed, 05/13/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office


SAN FRANCISCO—As more and more libraries nationwide begin to offer 3D printing services, library leaders are now confronting a litany of copyright, trademark and patent complications that arise from the new technology. To help the library community address 3D printing concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation’s (COL) Copyright Subcommittee will explore 3D printing policy issues at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Join Tomas A. Lipinski, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies and COL Copyright Subcommittee member, St. Louis’ University City Public Library Director Patrick Wall, and other policy experts at the session “Copyright and 3D Printing: Be Informed, Be Fearless, Be Smart!” for a “plain English” discussion of 3D printing, its copyright implications, and the patent and trademark issues that this breakthrough technology raises for libraries everywhere. The session will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2001 of the West Building.

Lipinski has worked in a variety of legal settings including the private, public and non-profit sectors. He currently teaches, researches and speaks frequently on various topics within the areas of information law and policy, especially copyright, free speech and privacy issues in schools and libraries. Patrick Wall has been the director of St. Louis’ University City Public Library since March of 2011 and was its assistant director for the previous eight years. He also serves as President of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County, a group of nine libraries providing collective public access to more than 700,000 volumes.


  • Tomas A. Lipinski, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, member of the American Library Association  Committee on Legislation
  • Patrick Wall, director, University City Public Library (St. Louis)

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Moscone Convention Center
West Building, Room 2001
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

REGISTER: To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the ALA’s Washington Office, at