3D Printing: A new round in the battle between Technology and Intellectual Property Rights

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2016 (EN)
3D Printing: A new round in the battle between Technology and Intellectual Property Rights (EN)

Christidou, Anna (EN)

School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, MA in Art, Law and Economy (EL)
Weber, Marc (EN)
Stamatoudi, Irini (EN)
Papadopoulos, Thomas (EN)

Abstract ! This!dissertation!was!written!as!part!of!the!MA!in!Ar t,!Law!and!Economy!at!the! Inter national!Hellenic!University.! ! 3D!printing!nowadays!bear s!a!resemblance!to!the!personal!computer!revol uO tion,! main ly! due! to! its! quite! affordable! home! versions! compared! to! the! technology! used.! That! encompasses! the! link! between! copyright! and! digital! rights,! which! began! concerning!the!legal!community!initially!as!r egards!movies,!music!and!photos.!The!o nO going!devel opment!of!3D!printing!technologies!and!services!radically!affects!intellect uO al!property!rights!worldwide,!regardless!of!local!legal!regimes.! ! 3D!printing!is!a!hot!topic,!especially!considering!that!the!rece nt!developments! in!the!related!technology!have!enabled!the!printing!of!physical!objects!by!consumers,! which!may!easily!lead!to!mass O production.!Of!course,!such!hypothetic!developments! do!also!involve!infringements!in!almost!all!types!of!IPRs. ! This! paper! ex plores! the! most! interesting! parts! of! the! Intellectual! Property! frameworks!in!the!EU,!UK!and!US!as!regards!the!use!of!3D!printing!technology;!it!fu rO ther!examines!various!issues!that!concern!such!use!and!finally!concludes!with!some ! recommenda tions,! such! as! f or! instance! the! need! for! introducing! different! business! models. (EN)


Infringement (EN)
Business models (EN)
3D printing/scanning (EN)

Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)



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