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Speaker: Dr Marc Mimler, UCL
Series: Part of The City Law School research seminar series, with Dr Marc Mimler (UCL).
3D printing is an emerging technology that promises many interesting applications. While some commentators perceive 3D printing as the dawn of a new industrial revolution others are more skeptical about the technology’s impact. 3D printers have become more and more affordable in recent times. Therefore, a wider distribution of 3D printers among the general public appears possible. This means that users can then print 3D objects from the comfort of their home. Additionally, there are websites available that can be accessed to download files that contain templates which can be read into a computer and used for printing objects.
It has been argued that this development may have an enormous impact on Intellectual Property (IP) Rights holders. 3D printing can be used to produce objects that are covered by an IP right. One could for instance print an object which is covered by a design right. But there could also be the possibility to produce an object covered by a patent, trade mark or copyright.
Dr Marc Mimler analyzes the impact of wider distribution of 3D printers on IP right holders. The question arises whether the law is equipped to tackle this issue or whether legislative action may be required.
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