3D printing technology is rapidly evolving and has the potential to significantly change the way that medical devices are used in patient treatment. As the potential benefits and use of 3D printing of medical devices increases, so do the IP implications and ramifications associated with its use. Current IP laws pre-date the use of 3D printing and have yet to directly address the unique issues 3D printing raises. However, many existing laws that protect copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets can help protect medical device manufacturers.
More importantly, there are steps that manufacturers can take now to help protect these IP rights against possible 3D printing infringements. Click here to read the White Paper to learn more about the existing IP laws and options for medical device manufactures as 3D printing evolves.