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Inventing the Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing

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This project will provide guidance for industry and policy-makers in respect of intellectual property, 3D Printing, and innovation policy. It will consider the evolution of 3D printing, and examine its implications for the creative industries, branding and marketing, manufacturing and robotics, clean technologies, health-care, and the digital economy.

The study will examine how 3D printing will disrupt key regimes of intellectual property, such as copyright law, designs law, trade mark law, patent law, and confidential information. As well as providing practical advice in respect of intellectual property management and commercialisation, this study will offer policy recommendations in respect of domestic and international law reform.

Geographical area of data collection

This project provided a comparative analysis of intellectual property and 3D printing - looking at Australia, Canada, the United States, the European Union (including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, and Portugal), the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

Research areas

Additive manufacturing
Patent law
Intellectual property
Patent litigation
Patent analytics
Copyright law
Trade mark law
Patent landscapes
Confidential information
Designs law
Open licensing
Trade secrets
3d printing


Funding scheme:
Discovery Program
Australian Research Council (ARC)


Has chief investigator
Matthew Rimmer  (Researcher)


Name: Professor Matthew Rimmer
Phone: +61731381599


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Published - Open Access