Going for Gold Project: 3D Scanning and 3D Printing – An Enforcement Issue?

CIPPM Co-Director, Professor Dinusha Mendis delivered an invited talk at the City Law School on 1 March 2017.  In delivering the talk, Professor Mendis considered how the the growth of 3D technologies impacts on intellectual property (IP) law. Such challenges question the enforcement, object and purpose of IP laws whilst exploring the opportunities presented through this technology.

Building on the Commissioned Research carried out for the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) (2013-2015), the talk set out the findings, conclusions and recommendations from this project before moving on to a consideration of the AHRC-funded project titled ‘Going for Gold: A Legal and Empirical Case Study into 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation of Ancient and Modern Jewellery’ (2015-2017).

In presenting the two funded projects and its findings, the talk outlined the IP issues arising from this emerging technology, whilst questioning the impact of 3D scanning and 3D printing on the future of IP law.