An IP office perspective on 3D printing

By Trevor Little

The UKIPO has published the findings of a study into the IP implications of 3D printing, presenting a number of recommendations for government and industry on how to prepare for the future

On January 20 2015 the UK Intellectual Property Office published the findings of its report on 3D printing, A Legal and Empirical Study into the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing. With the technology still far from the mainstream, the fact that an IP office is taking a proactive approach to the subject and commissioning research to identify future challenges is positive. While it may not have identified an urgent need for legislative change or action, the report offers some important insights into both current 3D printing trends and the issues that brand owners should be thinking about for the future.

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