Creating a real object in our 3D world is not science fiction anymore, thanks to 3D printing. 3D printing, which is one of the most important technologies of the last few decades, is a progressive technology that allows us to print whatever we want, using multiple, successive layers of material, usually thinner than one millimeter.
The two most common methods of 3D printing are stereolithography (SLA), and fused deposition modeling (FDM). 3D printing is being used in a variety of branches, such as, jewellery industry, architecture, vehicle industry, aerospace, education, even in the food industry. 3D printing is also used in branches like dentistry and in medicine in general. The technology of 3D printing is considered as one of the best new technologies, as it brings multiple benefits. For example, with 3D printing it is much easier to create our own objects, based on our needs and with a low cost. Also, we are talking about an environmentally friendly technology, because most of the materials that are being used can be recycled and reused whenever needed. In addition, 3D printing is only using the quantity of material that an object needs without any waste of material.
3D printing might prove to be lifesaving and life-changing, since scientists are able to create prosthetics at an extremely low cost. However, certain legal restrictions and issues exist, such as the issue of copyrights. When it is so easy to create almost any object that you want with literally almost no cost, it is possible to create some imitations of some well-known and branded products which means that copyright issues will arise. Legal services that a lawyer can offer to a 3D printing business relate to areas of intellectual property law like copyright law, design law, patent law, etc. For example, as 3D printing becomes more mainstream day by day, from the one hand, it is so easy to duplicate already patented objects, but on the other, it is difficult for patent holders to trace such duplicated and potentially patent-infringing printings.
Patent holders have to understand and prepare for the challenges that 3D printing presents to the current patent system. Other legal issues that might exist relate to the printing files that are used to print the object, creating objects that are protected with copyrights, and which involve cybersecurity issues. Other legal areas that arise in 3D printing are corporate law, insurance, and other commercial, business and technology areas. Considering the rise of 3D printings, companies involved in 3D printing should anticipate activities involving capital raising and finance acquisition, divestitures, joined ventures and venture capital investments. Also, such business will face issues that have t odo with corporate governance, taxes, employment and benefits, commercial contracting and commercial issues.
At our firm, we offer legal services in the areas of intellectual property law, corporate law, insurance, investment law, consumer law, commercial law, consumer law, privacy and data protection, which are of particular interest to 3D projects and businesses. Our team consists of experienced members that are ready to help you and your business. Our team members are fully experienced and ready to satisfy all legal needs of your project. We are ready to respond to any legal challenge, appreciating the nature, issues, and characteristics of 3D printing and the challenge of navigating existing regulatory frameworks in relation to this disruptive technology.