3D Printing -- The New Industrial Revolution: Innovation or Infringement

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Fall 2014, Vol. 43, No. 1

2 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2014 Last revised: 4 Dec 2014

Date Written: February 10, 2014

Abstract

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. Additive manufacturing is expanding to become a manufacturing paradigm. It may be the next industrial revolution.

The 3D printing process enables physical products and parts protected by intellectual property laws to be replicated. A 3D Printer is potentially an infringement machine. Unlike the first industrial revolution which focused on mass production 3D Printing makes possible personalization for inventors, entrepreneurs and homemakers to manufacture objects on their own.

Three-dimensional printing may be difficult for intellectual property owners to identify and stop infringers. The dialogue must now be on how to meet this continued evolution of product design and creativity within the ambit of our IP system.

Keywords: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Indusrtial Revolution, Intellectual Property, 3D Printer

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., 3D Printing -- The New Industrial Revolution: Innovation or Infringement (February 10, 2014). New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Fall 2014, Vol. 43, No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518750

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