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The co-existence of copyright and patent laws to protect innovation: case study of 3D printing in UK and Australian Law

Mendis, D, Nielsen, J ORCID: 0000-0002-3005-0047, Nicol, D and li, P 2017 , 'The co-existence of copyright and patent laws to protect innovation: case study of 3D printing in UK and Australian Law', in R Brownsword and E Scotford and K Yeung (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology , Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 451-476.

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Abstract

"Patents and copyrights, more than any other class of cases belonging to forensic discussions, approach what may be called the metaphysics of law, where the distinctions are, or at least may be, very subtle and refined, and, sometimes, almost evanescent." Justice Joseph Story This chapter, divided into two main parts, considers the coexistence of copyright and patent laws in responding to innovative technologies, using 3D printing as a case study. The reasons for focusing on copyright and patent laws are twofold. First, since the initial development of 3D printing technologies, 9145 patents related to those technologies have been published worldwide (from 1980 to 2013) (UK Intellectual Property Office 2013), indicating a high level of patent activity in this field. Second, it is clear that a 3D-printed object can only become a reality if it is based on a good design file (Lipson and Kurman 2013: 12), and it is this specific element that separates 3D printing from traditional manufacturing. The presence of a 'creative' dimension in the process of 3D design and 3D modelling leading to 3D printing requires a consider.ation of its status and protection under both copyright and patent laws (Guarda 2013).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Mendis, D and Nielsen, J and Nicol, D and li, P
Keywords: copyright, IP, patent laws
Publisher: Oxford University Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199680832.013.80
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