INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

“Hitherto a technology limited to the production within industry of models or prototypes, 3D printing is, like the computer in the 1970s, becoming available to the domestic enthusiast. Like the home computer, personal 3D printing has the potential to radically change aspects of the way in which we live; we can even envisage a society where home manufacturing of many items is the norm. However, as with home computers, such developments may have wider effects.”1 With reference to the above: a) Critically analyse the intellectual property issues surrounding 3D printing; and b) Critically assess whether existing UK Intellectual Property laws provide adequate protection for the original designers, inventors and manufacturers of the products being copied.

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