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Addressing the legalities of 3D print

A US University has created a graduate course to tackle legal issues and concerns surrounding 3D printing.

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The new course will begin this summer

Penn University has added the Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) graduate program to its offerings in a bid to address head-on “intensifying and evolving” concerns.

Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing and director of the AMD program, explains the idea behind the new course: “Additive manufacturing is disrupting product design and how we manufacture parts.

“It is also disrupting how we protect our intellectual property. Most engineers are not prepared to think about the impact this will have on how their company will deliver new products and services with additive manufacturing.”

The course aims to equip students with an understanding of legal issues that could arise in 3D printing, making them an invaluable asset to a company.

Christopher Higgins, partner and co-leader of the 3D Printing Group at international law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, adds: “Additive manufacturing is creating new ethical dilemmas that companies have to wrestle with.

Traditionally, engineers didn’t need to be well versed in the complex legalities of contracts, nondisclosure agreements and intellectual property

“Therefore, we have to prepare our AMD students for those challenges, especially when they take on leadership roles within companies seeking to exploit additive manufacturing.”

Higgins explains that the idea of preparing for the implications of 3D printing on businesses is a relatively new phenomenon. “Traditionally, engineers didn’t need to be well versed in the complex legalities of contracts, nondisclosure agreements and intellectual property.

“This course demystifies the legalese and how additive manufacturing is changing the traditional paradigms to protect our intellectual property,” Higgins concludes.

The new course is set to begin this summer and will be taught for the first time by Daniel R. Cahoy, professor of business law.

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