The following IP guidance note Produced in partnership with David Knight of Fieldfisher LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.
Conventionally objects have been made by casting in a mould or by machining material from a block of steel, wood or the like or some combination of such techniques. 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, approaches manufacture from a different direction, and builds up an object layer by layer under computer control using a digital design file. This digital design file, which is typically generated from a 3D CAD (computer-aided design) file of the object, and is referred to in this Practice Note as the 'data file', contains all of the relevant instructions and information the 3D printer will need to produce the 3D object, specifying the size and shape of the object, as well as any surface decoration. The data file can be created from scratch or by reverse-engineering from an existing physical object through the use of a 3D scanner or camera, or a combination of the two techniques. Technology already exists to 'print' objects in
**Trials are provided to all LexisPSL and LexisLibrary content, excluding Practice Compliance, Practice Management and Risk and Compliance, subscription packages are tailored to your specific needs. To discuss trialling these LexisPSL services please email customer service via our online form. Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK. We may terminate this trial at any time or decide not to give a trial, for any reason. Trial includes one question to LexisAsk during the length of the trial.
To view the latest version of this document and thousands of others like it, sign-in to LexisPSL or register for a free trial.
Existing user? Sign-in
Take a free trial
0330 161 1234
To view our latest legal guidance content,sign-in to Lexis®PSL or register for a free trial.