3D Printing and Intellectual Property Futures

Final Report for Project commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office No. 2018/03, Published by The Intellectual Property Office, November 2018 ISBN: 978-1-910790-43-4

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Thomas Birtchnell

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC)

Angela Daly

University of Strathclyde - School of Law; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Thierry Rayna

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217

Ludmila Striukova

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus

Date Written: November 3, 2018

Abstract

This report contains socio-legal research conducted on the relationship between 3D printing and intellectual property (IP) at the current point in time and in potential future scenarios, through the use of horizon-scanning methods in six countries — China, France, India, Russia, Singapore and the UK - to build a rich picture of this issue, comprising both developed and emerging economies.

In our project, we have collected valuable information ‘from the ground’ on the past and present of 3D printing and IP in these different countries. Another novelty of our project is the futures projections we led in each place, in order to understand potential trajectories going forward for 3D printing and IP, and to understand the extent to which a harmonised or fragmented global picture can be constructed. Our interdisciplinary, international team, combining legal, business and social scientific regional expertise on 3D printing, has used cutting edge and novel empirical methods in order to pioneer a deeper probing of the ramifications of 3D printing, going further than prior commentary through methodological innovation and an international focus on 3D printing and IP.

Keywords: 3D printing, intellectual property, horizon scanning, BRICS, innovation

JEL Classification: O3, O30, O33, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Birtchnell, Thomas and Daly, Angela and Rayna, Thierry and Striukova, Ludmila, 3D Printing and Intellectual Property Futures (November 3, 2018). Final Report for Project commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office No. 2018/03, Published by The Intellectual Property Office, November 2018 ISBN: 978-1-910790-43-4 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3345822

Thomas Birtchnell

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC) ( email )

NSW 2522
Australia

Angela Daly (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - School of Law ( email )

Lord Hope Building
John Anderson Campus 141 St. James' Rd
Glasgow G4 0LT, Scotland G4 0LT
United Kingdom

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

Thierry Rayna

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217 ( email )

828 boulevard Marshals
Paris, 91762
France

Ludmila Striukova

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus ( email )

Paris la Défense, 92916
France

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