Ed Fan Discusses the Rise of 3D Printing in Lexpert

July 16, 2015

In the last few years, 3D printing (3DP) has evolved into a consumer technology capable of replicating a range of products. This ability to re-produce goods, including licensed products, has elicited concern around intellectual property rights from industry stakeholders. In an analysis of the future of 3DP in Canada, Lexpert sought comment from Ed Fan, a partner in our Intellectual Property Practice. Below is an excerpt of the article.

There’s a lesson there, says Edward Fan, a partner at Torys LLP in Toronto, for creators and manufacturers who might in the future see their products scanned of their Computer Aided Design (CAD) files shared on peer-to-peer 3DP websites. Or their toys, car parts, jewelry, housewares – whatever it might be – oozing out of someone’s basement 3D printer for personal use or to be hawked on eBay.

The music industry, says Fan, which helps clients negotiate IP and technology-related licensing agreements, has retreated from its belligerent pursuit of making big examples out of small-time infringers. It has also started removing digital locks on media files, rather than adding them. “Which seems to say that if you try to push a legal solution before a business has even had a chance to react with its normal suite of business tools, you may find the legal resolution is actually irrelevant or completely going in the wrong direction.”

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