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 14: Trade mark controversies in 3D printing: an Australian perspective

Amanda Scardamaglia

Abstract

This chapter explores the legal issues that may arise as a result of 3D printing, with a specific focus on the application of trade mark law and its ancillary protection in Australia. The normative legal questions that will be raised in the process will also be canvassed. In doing so, this chapter aims to draw attention to some of the most obvious controversies for 3D print and trade mark law, not all of which are new, as 3D print technology will likely give rise to modern manifestations of familiar trade mark controversies. As this chapter will show, there are many parallels between the foreshadowed trade mark controversies that 3D printing may give rise to and other modern ‘crises’ in intellectual property law which have emerged out of the use and application of new technologies – crises which have manifested as a power struggle between owners and users more generally.

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