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Title: Potential Challenges of 3D Printing Technology on Patent Enforcement and Considerations for Countermeasures in China
Authors: Xin, LIU
Xiang, YU
Keywords: 3D printing;Patent enforcement;Counter measures;CAD files
Issue Date: May-2015
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: As an emerging technology, 3D printing may impose a profound influence on the production mode of human beings and the operation mode of manufacturing industry. Meanwhile, it may also present some challenges towards the current patent enforcement system in China. This article gives a panorama of the development of 3D printing technology from the perspective of patent and analyzes specific challenges including the cognizance of patent infringement, the direct patent infringement, the indirect patent infringement and the patentability of CAD files. This article also proposes several counter measures which are beneficial to patent enforcement in 3D printing era to deal with the afore mentioned challenges in China, namely, the improvement of direct patent infringement clauses, the construction of indirect patent infringement system, the establishment of the Digital Patent Act, the advancement of technology and the revolution of business modes. The article appeals that great attention should be paid to the potential influence which 3D printing technology could exert on the patent enforcement system, and to establish relevant laws and policies with the least possible delay.
Page(s): 155-163
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.20(3) [May 2015]

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