Intellectual Property Issues in 3D Printing

  • Keyur Asarkar
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  • Keyur Asarkar

    Student at ILS Law College, Pune, India.

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The tremendous advancement in Information Technology and engineering has given rise to a lot of emerging technologies such as 3D printing, the Internet of Things and many more. As their popularity is significantly increasing day by day, a lot of legal issues are also increasing along with it. This article explains the concept of 3D printing or additive manufacturing and also talks about the Intellectual Property issues which arise after an object is 3D printed. There are very high chances of patent and copyright infringement when an object is built with the help of 3D printers. Likely infringement scenarios are illustrated with the help of suitable examples. Further, the current status of IP law which talks about 3D printing is dealt with as per Indian and global law. A few measures to curb the unauthorized use of 3D printing are highlighted which could help to prevent infringement. Lastly, a very famous and first of its kind controversy with respect to 3D printed weapons has been summarized. As 3D printing is going to grow at a rapid pace in the coming future, so would be the legal fraternity for tackling the issues arising out of these new technologies.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 283 - 287


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