Many 3D Printing Patents Are Expiring Soon: Here’s A Round Up & Overview of Them
3D printing is a 30-year old technology that is currently entering the mainstream, to great fanfare. Despite the 3D printing industry’s double-digit (%) growth over the past year, the use of 3D printers has not yet become commonplace. The question is: Is something holding it back? Conventional wisdom is that intellectual property has driven innovation by creating competition, which fosters advances in technology because of the need for IP workarounds. Our Founding Fathers here in the US were so committed to this idea that they built IP protection into the Constitution. Today, any big company will tell you that the limited monopoly of a patent or copyright gives them a head start and ultimately fosters innovation and competition.
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