Addressing infringement in the new 3D environment

By Rodrigo Estrada

As 3D printing goes mainstream, so does the risk of protected works being copied. However, an existing IP right – industrial design – could prove key to fighting infringement

Few recent innovations have the potential to shake up the IP world as much as the 3D printer. As several key patents expire and the technology goes mainstream, experts anticipate that within a decade it will be common to find a 3D printer in most households.

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