This article considers the previously unexplored trade mark related issues arising from 3D printing. It draws on the existing futures discourse to forecast the possible futures for 3D print and trade mark law, with an especial focus on the various flashpoints at which 3D printing and trade mark law may collide, in light of the projected and expected incumbent response to this new and emerging technology.
Keywords : law,intellectual property, 3d printer, 3d print, 3d, regulation, regulatory, IP, legal, trade mark, trademark, trade marks
Senior Lecturer, Swinburne Law School.
The author wishes to thank the anonymous referees for their thoughtful and considered feedback. Thanks to Dan Hunter, Dean Lusher and Angela Daly for their comments on an earlier draft and to the participants at the Oxford/UNSW IP Roundtable WIP event. This research was supported by a Swinburne Centre for Transformative Innovation Research Fellowship.
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