3D Printing: Intellectual Property Concerns and Beyond
In the past, the use of photocopy, printing, scanning and related technologies in universities and libraries raised copyright issues alone. A new technology is making its way into universities: 3D printing. 3D technology now allows a user to create (that is, “print”) three-dimensional objects of an original! With 3D technology, students, faculty and staff can now "print" entire mechanical devices or components of other devices from something as simple as a corkscrew to parts of a prosthetic body part. Objects of all sorts can be created in, for example, architecture or library maker spaces. These technologies raise not only copyright issues but now include design patents, trademarks including trade dress, and possibly even trade secrets. With ability to print realistic replicas, "sharp" or other dangerous objects questions arise whether a university or a library would BE responsible if a user harmed another person with an object printed at the university. Issues of intellectual freedom are also present should the university or library desire to prevent students, faculty and staff from printing certain objects for example, no replica firearms in a "gun free zone" or no sex toys. Please attend the University Libraries’ Copyright Conference, April 22, 2015, to hear from one of the leading experts on 3D technology and intellectual property concerns and other issues, Dr. Tomas A. Lipinski. Learn about the legal issues involved and how colleges, universities and libraries can protect themselves from liability when students, faculty and staff utilize 3D printing technologies in university and library spaces. The program will also help to raise awareness of intellectual property rights and other legal issues with the use of these new technologies.