Research into Intellecutal Property rights around 3D printing informs UK Government policy

Research carried out by Bournemouth University’s Dr. Dinusha Mendis and Davide Secchi, and Phil Reeves of Econolyst Ltd. has formed the basis of a study from the UK Intellectual Property Office.  The study considered the Intellectual Property implications of 3D printing – a technology which is on the rise and has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing as it becomes more consumer focused.

The reports were commissioned by the UK IPO – reflecting BU’s expertise in the area – and are intended to give an overview of how this emerging technology may have an impact on intellectual property laws in the UK.  The study concluded that there is no urgency to legislate at present, as it is not yet a widely used technology in the consumer market.  However, it does warn that there is a need to address the intellectual property issues arising from this area to prevent any problems in future.  Pre-emptively responding to issues in 3D printing may even help to create an environment where new technology can thrive.

Over the last few months Dr. Mendis’ research has been reaching international audiences, following an invitation to present her research to the Australian Government and talks given at the University of Tasmania and Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

The two studies and executive summary can be downloaded here:

Study I

Study II

Executive Summary