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“3D printing: Protecting intellectual property rights”

On November 1, 2013 by Schnader

Joan T. Kluger and Andrew Chou authored the article “3D printing: Protecting intellectual property rights” in the November 1, 2013 edition of The Philadelphia Business Journal. The article analyzes the intellectual property issues inherent to 3D printing, a process by which an object can be created by simply uploading a digital blueprint to a machine and “printing” out the three-dimensional article. The printer creates the object by an additive process where layers of material are laid down according to instructions from the blueprint.

Consideration of intellectual property issues in advance of 3D printing will allow users to enjoy the technology without making costly legal mistakes. For manufacturers of articles that can be copied with 3D printers, procuring intellectual property rights to protect those objects will provide a means for curtailing unwanted copying. This article identifies a few of the more common intellectual property issues that 3D printing may present and suggests some strategies for dealing with them.