IP law and 3D printing technology – a looming conflict

By Fatima Qasim

Three-dimensional printing is having serious IP implications across all industries, making it vital to strengthen the underlying legal landscape. However, a segmented – rather than blanket – approach to rights may be the best solution

The parameters and reach of technology – in particular, disruptive technology – are determined to a large extent by the underlying legal landscape, as new rules and regulations can significantly influence the future direction that technologies take. For this reason, it is crucial to strike the optimum balance between law and technology. Unregulated technology can lead to potential misuses, mass infringement and rampant illegal actions, which could eventually be detrimental to the technology itself. This is particularly true of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology.

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