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D. Mendis, J. Nielsen, D. Nicol and P. Li – The Co-Existence of Copyright and Patent Laws to Protect Innovation – A Case Study of 3D Printing in UK and Australian Law

D. Mendis, J. Nielsen, D. Nicol, P. Li, ‘The Co-Existence of Copyright and Patent Laws to Protect Innovation – A Case Study of 3D Printing in UK and Australian Law’ in R. Brownsword, E. Scotford & K. Yeung (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2017), pp. 451-476.

The chapter considers the challenges faced by intellectual property (IP) laws, in particular copyright and patent laws, in responding to emerging technologies and innovation, such as 3D printing and scanning. In particular, the chapter provides a detailed comparative analysis of relevant UK and Australian jurisprudence, in exploring whether copyright and patent laws can effectively protect innovation in this emerging technology, including consideration of both subsistence and infringement.