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Three-dimensional printing and intellectual property law

Dinev, P. (2020). Three-dimensional printing and intellectual property law. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


As a technology which digitises tangible goods and allows users to convert informational content into physical objects on a potentially highly decentralised basis, three-dimensional (3D) printing may call into question well-established intellectual property (IP) norms and policies. The primary aim of this study is to assess the relationship between 3D printing and IP law in the UK by identifying potential novel issues and, if applicable, to offer specific solutions and recommendations. The above analysis is aided by a technological framework and an overview of classic IP theory which frames the debate and sets out the normative aims of the IP system, in addition to an empirical study involving two streams of data collection and 171 research subjects. Being one of the most comprehensive empirical studies on the topic to date, and the first of its kind, it aims to provide a more nuanced understanding of the issue and to contribute to evidence-based policymaking. Beyond its prescriptive aims, this work considers a range of ancillary issues which are not strictly limited to the question of reform but are nevertheless fundamental to the existing 3D printing community and its social norms, or to IP theory and practice more broadly.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: K Law
Departments: Doctoral Theses
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