3D printing in the light of the first infringement claims

There is a lot of hype around 3D printing these days. Some assert that the arrival of low-cost 3D printers on the market heralds a new era in which 3D printing and 3D scanning is anticipated to inter alia facilitate proliferation of counterfeit goods produced locally or even at home using a consumer 3D printer. A foreseeable boom in 3D printing might create a tangled web of intellectual property issues as it becomes cheaper and easier to copy designs and make knockoffs. However, the threats are at present highly exaggerated, as we are still waiting for the industry sector of direct digital manufacturing to go from breakthrough technology to mass market application. Hence, in this article, while we are awaiting a Steve Jobs moment, Thomas Lindqvist (Partner) and Anna Rzewuska are zooming in on the segment of the 3D printing ecosystem, personal manufacturing, that has already experienced several clashes over IP-matters.

Published in Lov&Data no. 2/2015.
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Published on 3dp.se on 18 June 2015.
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