The Multiple Dimensions of Intellectual Property Infringement in the 3D Printing Era

27 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 184

25 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017

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Jane L Nielsen

University of Tasmania

John Liddicoat

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; University of Tasmania

Date Written: June 2, 2017

Abstract

3D printing is a technology that has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing as we know it. While 3D printing is becoming mainstream, few consumers of printing services have the capacity to undertake their own printing. Around the technology, a service industry is burgeoning, as consumers increasingly seek to explore what the technology has to offer via printing studios. This article explores the intellectual property (IP) implications of the services offered by these providers as 3D printing apparently increases the capacity of ordinary consumers to infringe IP rights under multiple regimes. As such, the primary aim of this article is to consider whether the perception of legal risk possessed by stakeholders operating in this space necessarily aligns with actual legal risk. It does so by exploring the results of a study conducted in respect of 3D printing studios, and aligning this with the legal issues that may emerge in the context of patent, copyright and designs under Australian law.

Keywords: intellectual property, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, patent, copyright, design

JEL Classification: K29, O30, O31, O33, O38, O34, O32

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Jane L and Liddicoat, Johnathon, The Multiple Dimensions of Intellectual Property Infringement in the 3D Printing Era (June 2, 2017). 27 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 184, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2979228

Jane L Nielsen

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

Johnathon Liddicoat (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

10 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Australia

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