3-D Printing: Creating Objects from Thin Air

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 30, No.42, Aug. 22, 2016

4 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2016

Date Written: August 22, 2016

Abstract

The idea of being able to replicate an actual three-dimensional solid object from a digital model used to be something straight out of Star Trek. Today, if you can dream it then you can print it. Enter 3-D Printing.

Additive manufacturing or 3-D Printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3-D Printing is largely innovative. But, product manufacturers need to be aware of 3-D Printing to protect themselves from possible infringement. Each company by and through its officers and general counsel can decide how best to respond to potentially disruptive innovations. Take the advice of one of my professors when I was a student in the Cradle of Intellectual America: "A Word to the Wise is Sufficient".

Keywords: 3-D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Intellectual Property, IP Infringement

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., 3-D Printing: Creating Objects from Thin Air (August 22, 2016). Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 30, No.42, Aug. 22, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2831623

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