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EU – 3D printing: sorting out the legal issues

EU Parliament News: “3D printing is transforming how products are made, but many legal issues such civil liability and intellectual property rights still need to be clarified. Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, is changing how products are designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed. By 2021, the 3D printing market could be worth €9.6 billion, according to a report by the European Commission.  Although it is creating opportunities for companies, it is also raising challenges, especially concerning civil liability and intellectual property rights. French EFDD member Joëlle Bergeron has written an own-initiative report with legislative and regulatory recommendations in the field of 3D printing.  Her report was adopted by MEPs on 3 July and will now be forwarded to the European Commission for consideration.  We talked to Bergeron following the vote by Parliament’s legal affairs committee on 20 June about why legislation on this is needed…”

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