Shaping tomorrow: 3D printing and its impact on IP

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In view of the present situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the European Patent Office (EPO) will hold this event online from 13 to 16 July. Although the format is new, the digital event will cover the same topics as originally intended.

The event programme has been spread across four days, with several short online sessions on each day. The event is free of charge, and you can choose to attend one, some or all sessions.


Shaping tomorrow: 3D printing and its impact on IP poster13 - 16 July 2020
Digital conference

The European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are jointly hosting an online conference on one of the most dynamic technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: additive manufacturing (AM). Often referred to as 3D printing, this fast-moving technology is reshaping traditional manufacturing.

AM now allows us to make products that were previously considered unmakeable: prosthetics, artificial coral reefs, aircraft components and even 3D-printed homes. These products can be customised, logistics costs can be cut, and manufacturing cycles can be sped up. AM is everywhere and used in sectors as diverse as fashion, medicine, automotive and aerospace. The opportunities are immense. But what challenges does it pose, particularly when it comes to intellectual property (IP)? 3D printing impacts diverse areas of IP protection including copyright, patents and design rights. Is the IP system ready to face these challenges?

During the week, experts - ranging from policymakers, entrepreneurs and investors to inventors and patent and trade mark attorneys - will share their experience and perspectives. It promises to be a lively and engaging event for SMEs, researchers, IP professionals, policymakers and business leaders.

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