Intellectual Property Protection of 3D Printed Medical Implants
By: David S. Forman
Senior Counsel, David S. Forman, Ph.D., discusses how 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing in ways that will change our economy and lives. For example, few realize that almost all in-ear hearing aids are now made by 3-D printing, with more than 10,000,000 pairs sold. 3D printing raises unique intellectual property issues. For example, 3D printers eliminate barriers to entry in manufacturing because they enable anyone to make almost anything. People and companies that have always been customers can become competitors, making the products they formerly bought. And if those products are patented, detection and enforcement of patent infringement will often be impractical or impossible.
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