Convener: Heidi M. Brun, Owner and Managing Patent Attorney, Heidi Brun Associates
Monday, April 30, 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm
3D printing is on our doorsteps and will change the manufacturing world and the consumer products market. In this brave new world, innovators will face new challenges in protecting their innovations since existing protection paradigms, such as patents and design protection, may be less effective particularly as the server storing a downloadable printing instruction file may be in one region (where IP rights may not be registered) and the user printing the 3D model may be in another region. Should other types of protection be sought? Is there a need for a new regulated environment? Are there lessons that may be learned from the music and film industry? These and a host of other IP-related issues associated with 3D printing will be discussed.