Research and analysis

3D printing online platforms analysis of user behaviour

This presents a legal and quantitative analysis, supported by illustrative case studies, into the IP implications arising from 3D printing.

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A Legal and Empirical Study into the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing

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The Intellectual Property Office commissioned a evaluation of the development of the 3D printing sector.

The executive summary presents the implications for intellectual property law, a quantitative analysis of online distribution of 3D printing files and summarises a series of cases studies of the role of 3D printing in key sectors.

The summary presents key findings and recommendations.

Published 20 January 2015