29 Jan 3D Printing – Design revolution or intellectual property nightmare?
3D printing is set to transform manufacturing and design but it could also pose serious dilemmas for those seeking to protect intellectual property.
Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing is predicted by some commentators to transform the landscape in which businesses in the manufacturing and design-based industries operate.
Practitioners advising designers and manufacturers have options to find best protection against unauthorised 3D printing, such as registering designs under the Designs Act 2003, or shape trademarks and patents which might also provide some level of protection.
The article below considers registered design rights, patents and trademarks, and copyright and the Australian Consumer Law and the tort of passing off as options for protection.