How 3D Printing will Disrupt Patent, Trademark & Copyright (SD 630)


Technology challenges our assumptions about what the law is and should be. This class uses 3D printing as a case study of a technology that challenges patent, trademark, and copyright law. We begin with law review articles to set out the theories behind what we think justifies IP and what we want out of IP. Then we turn to books and readings on 3D printing technology to understand how the technology works; its promises and its problems. From there we look at case law and briefs in current major IP areas to see how industries make their cases for certain outcomes. The class will have three written assignments designed to address issues faced by venture capitalists, policy makers, and courts. There is no final exam.


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