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Unravelling the concept of 3D printing: knowing your rights in India

The challenge faced by IP legislation with respect to 3D printing is that the means of production in cases of 3D printing is decentralised (ie, the manufacturer is typically the end user who can simply download a file, either themselves or via an intermediary, and can create the object using a 3D printer). In other words, the object protected under IP law itself is never sold. Therefore, proving infringement can be difficult.

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An analysis of how different IP laws are entangled with the concept of 3D printing is provided below.

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