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The multiple dimensions of intellectual property infringement in the 3D printing era


Nielsen, JL and Liddicoat, JE, The multiple dimensions of intellectual property infringement in the 3D printing era, Australian Intellectual Property Journal, 27, (4) pp. 184-208. ISSN 1038-1635 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:3D printing, intellectual property infringement, Australian law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Intellectual property law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nielsen, JL (Associate Professor Jane Nielsen)
UTAS Author:Liddicoat, JE (Mr John Liddicoat)
ID Code:117434
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-06-14
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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