Law Issues and 3D Printing

Law Issues and 3D Printing

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2289-8.ch006
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Abstract

Revolution in 3D bioprinting advancing so quickly. Our special interest is focused on 3D bio printing, the printing of mammalian or human body parts. Very close to this term is cloneprint. The 3D printing living tissues is real and may be widely available in the near future. This emerging technology has generated controversies about its regulation. Another equally important issue is whether bioprinting is patentable. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has already granted some bioprinting patents and many more applications that pending on a patent. This chapter highlighting these issues that can be part of our future.
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3D printers resemble the Star Trek Replicator1—a machine that can constitute any physical matter out of thin air. 3D printers can print out anything, from a lithium-ion micro battery (Ke Sun at all, 2013) to a human kidney, and can print in materials like plastic, metal, ceramic, cement, wood, food, and human cells.

Soon, the 3D printer will be just another home appliance. ―A world in which everyone has advanced 3D printers at home or available in a public facility is a world in which manufactured goods no longer have to be produced in bulk and are no longer scarce, (Lemley, 2015) says Stanford Law professor Mark A. Lemley.

Our special interest is focused on 3D bio printing, the printing of mammalian or human body parts. Very close to this term is cloneprint. All of these mentioned facts attract attention of law scholars. Currently there is no official publication outlet for 3D printing law. Computer software and wireless technologies currently dominate the patent litigation market. There remain many unexplored questions about 3D printing and its subcategories. Here is list of useful articles related to this matter reader can find in the paper of Jasper Tran. (Tran, 2015)

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