New technologies, old framework: maximising IP protection for 3D printing in the life sciences

3D printing technology has transformed the life sciences industry. It is already being used to make marketed medical devices and pharmaceutical products and, with some sources predicting overall 3D printing revenue as high as $21 billion worldwide by 2020, there can be no question that life sciences 3D printing will continue to grow in importance and scope.

IP law has yet to catch up with the technological capabilities of 3D printing, but by taking pre-emptive action, companies can maximise their IP protection under the current legal framework. Arlene Chow and Nitya Anand of Hogan Lovells report.

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