This comment’s main purpose is to explore intellectual property law meant to protect against manufacturing infringement after manufacturing becomes decentralized. Part II glimpses into the applicable 3D printing technology, with a focus on its current capabilities and future application. Part III explores the rift between utility and design intellectual property protection within the framework of intellectual property protection. Part IV analyzes the overlap of the technology and the law. Part V projects the potential impact of inaction by drawing comparisons to parallel issues, as well as the potential impact of the technology itself.
Print Your Own Pandora's Box: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property Law, and The Internet for Lay-Lawyers,
Bus. Entrepreneurship & Tax L. Rev.
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