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3D Printing:
Mo’ Markets, Mo’ Problems
Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D.
Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

Thi...
3D Printers are Reaching the Mainstream

$5.7 billion

$288 million
3D Printing Drivers and Inhibitors
INHIBITORS

High
price
points

Scarce
content

Quality
gap

Patent
landscape

High
stak...
3D Printing Adoption Timeline: 4 Phases

Today

Industrial

2-3 years

10+ years

5-7 years

eCommerce

Local

Home
Legal Questions & Considerations
Patent
• SLS/SLA patents expiring 2014
• Secondary patents controlled by 3D Systems & Str...
Thank you.
Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D.
sinn@rutgers.edu

Books by Aram Sinnreich
Mashed Up (2010)
www.mashed-up.com
The Piracy C...
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3D Printing: Mo' Markets, Mo' Problems

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On Tuesday 1/28/14, I spoke to the NYS Bar Association's IP Annual Meeting about 3D printing and its implications for industry and law. Here are the slides I used.

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3D Printing: Mo' Markets, Mo' Problems

  1. 1. 3D Printing: Mo’ Markets, Mo’ Problems Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D. Rutgers University School of Communication & Information This text is freely available under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
  2. 2. 3D Printers are Reaching the Mainstream $5.7 billion $288 million
  3. 3. 3D Printing Drivers and Inhibitors INHIBITORS High price points Scarce content Quality gap Patent landscape High stakes Lack of standards Education & Patent outsourcing Falling prices Better apps Open source expiry, Aggressive legislation, R&D regulation DRIVERS
  4. 4. 3D Printing Adoption Timeline: 4 Phases Today Industrial 2-3 years 10+ years 5-7 years eCommerce Local Home
  5. 5. Legal Questions & Considerations Patent • SLS/SLA patents expiring 2014 • Secondary patents controlled by 3D Systems & Stratasys • Will ease of replication undermine the core function of patents? Copyright • What constitutes a “useful” article? • How does merger doctrine apply to digital 3D models? • Secondary liability for printers and service providers? Other • Whither trademark? • How to avoid the “piracy” battles of 2000s • DRM? • DMCA for design? • Safety regulation & liability?
  6. 6. Thank you. Aram Sinnreich, Ph.D. sinn@rutgers.edu Books by Aram Sinnreich Mashed Up (2010) www.mashed-up.com The Piracy Crusade (2013) www.piracycrusade.com

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