3D printing technology will be an intellectual property nightmare

Existing IP laws are ill suited to cover the emerging technology of 3D printing

In his short story collection Overclocked, sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow posited a world where 3D printing technology had crashed the world economy. While we are a far way from that worst-case scenario at present, businesses would be foolish to ignore the potential ramifications of the new technology on intellectual property. 

IP law has always been slow to change, especially when compared to the speed of technological innovation. It struggled to keep up with digital distribution developments in the software and music industries, and it is unlikely that Congress will be forward thinking enough to consider 3D printing as it develops future IP legislation.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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