IP: 3D Scanners, IP Issues with Additive Printing’s Companion Technology
3D printing often uses 3D scanners and scanner technology presents similar 3D patent copyright and trade secret intellectual property issues.
November 26, 2013
The potential for mass consumer use of 3D printing has generated a lot of conversation on the interplay between the technology and IP laws. Less discussed, however, are the IP issues raised by 3D scanners — often a key component in successful additive printing. But 3D scanner advancements have kept up with 3D printing, and the technology has IP issues that merit review.
Reprinted with permission from InsideCounsel.
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