3D Printing and Beyond
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3D Printing and Beyond

Intellectual Property and Regulation

Edited by Dinusha Mendis, Mark Lemley and Matthew Rimmer

This ground-breaking and timely contribution is the first and most comprehensive edited collection to address the implications for Intellectual Property (IP) law in the context of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. Providing a coverage of IP law in three main jurisdictions including the UK, USA and Australia. 3D Printing and Beyond brings together a team of distinguished IP experts and is an indispensable starting point for researchers with an interest in IP, emerging technologies and 3D printing.
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Chapter 4: Digital trade mark infringement and 3D printing implications: what does the future hold?

Dukki Hong and Simon Bradshaw

Abstract

This chapter explores the implications for UK trade mark law arising from the use of a computer-aided design (CAD) file. The possibility for a CAD file to be edited and uploaded onto an online platform ready for 3D printing means that a trade mark could easily be attached to or detached from a CAD file, which could then be sold and disseminated on the Internet. This not only facilitates trade mark infringement, but can potentially impair the function of a trade mark, its origin and the quality guarantee. However, an analysis of current trade mark law in the UK does not clearly indicate whether the above-mentioned digital activities directly constitute trade mark infringement. For this reason, the authors of this chapter present an in-depth analysis of UK trade mark law in order to shed light on the various issues arising from CAD creation and modification for 3D printing.

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