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3D Printing and Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property (IP) laws were drafted for tangible objects, but 3D printing technology, which digitizes objects and offers manufacturing capacity to anyone, is disrupting these laws and their underlying policies. In this timely work, Lucas S. Osborn focuses on the novel issues raised for IP law by 3D printing for the major IP systems around the world. He specifically addresses how patent and design law must wrestle with protecting digital versions of inventions and policing individualized manufacturing, how trademark law must confront the dissociation of design from manufacturing, and how patent and copyright law must be reconciled when digital versions of primarily utilitarian objects are concerned. With an even hand and keen insight, Osborn offers an innovation-centered analysis of and balanced response to the disruption caused by 3D printing that should be read by nonexperts and experts alike.


‘With great clarity, Lucas S. Osborn skillfully delineates a normative intellectual property discourse operating in a broad social policy context. He proposes a sound, holistic approach to innovation policymaking in response to the complexities introduced by 3D printing technologies.'

Phoebe Li - University of Sussex

‘Lucas S. Osborn is a leading scholar on the implications of 3D printing for intellectual property theory and practice. No other scholar has addressed as wide a range of issues across the many areas of intellectual property, and this book synthesizes years of his careful and thorough work. It's a must-read for anyone working on issues relating to this cutting-edge technology.'

Mark P. McKenna - John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

‘Lucas S. Osborn provides a nuanced conceptual framework to begin any analysis of the interaction between 3D printing and intellectual property law. He also articulates the most precise description I have read of how copyright law interacts with 3D files for useful objects. Highly recommended for anyone searching for a sophisticated accounting of where 3D printing could actually disrupt intellectual property law.'

Michael Weinberg - Executive Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, New York University

‘Does the uptake of 3D printing challenge prevailing concepts of patentable subject matter and current patentability requirements? Does 3D printing fundamentally alter the scope of rights and the concepts of direct/indirect infringement? Approaching these themes with legal rigor and bold originality, Lucas S. Osborn provides an exciting journey with well-founded answers and invites readers to look beyond the traditional limits of patent law.'

Geertrui Van Overwalle - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

‘Lucas S. Osborn brings important intellectual leadership to the law of 3D printing in this ambitious and groundbreaking study. His comprehensive yet straightforward discussion makes a topic saturated with cutting-edge technology and legal nuance remarkably accessible. An engaging read for lawyers, innovators, and technophiles alike.'

Daniel Brean - University of Akron, Ohio and The Webb Law Firm

‘This timely book walks us through the maze of intellectual property law and policy surrounding the digital marvel of 3D printing, and helps us to understand that the future is now. A must-read for technologically curious and forward-thinking lawyers and policymakers as well as designers and artists.'

Nari Lee - Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki

‘Lucas S. Osborn's fascinating new book demystifies 3D printing and explains why this technology is having positive disruptive effects in many industry sectors. The future is bright and the technologies are evolving rapidly, but can intellectual property laws quickly adapt to appropriately regulating digital files that can be transformed into physical goods and back again? Osborn explores the myriad mysteries that 3D technologies pose for conventional IP regimes and how those mysteries should be resolved to promote the public good.'

Pamela Samuelson - Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information, University of California, Berkeley

'This timely and accessible book examines the myriad legal challenges brought about by the latest disruptive technology. It underscores the importance of doctrinal clarity in intellectual property law while calling for a holistic optimization of innovation incentives. Whether you are familiar with 3D printing or not, this highly recommended book will provoke you to rethink the complex interrelationship between law and technology.'

Peter K. Yu - Texas A & M University

‘There is little written on this particular subject, so 3D Printing and Intellectual Property would be an excellent addition to a library with a focus on intellectual property materials.’

Susannah Tredwell Source: Canadian Law Library Review

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