Are your patents ready for the 3D printing revolution?

3D printing is one of the hottest topics in tech right now and will probably revolutionize the manufacturing sector as we know it today.

But what if your patents only include claims for the end product and the classic manufacturing method?

Someone offering a template file for 3D-printing the product will probably not infringe these claims.

Have you ever considered something like:

“A computer file comprising instructions for manufacturing, preferably 3D printing, a <end product> of claim 1.”

Computer program claims are standard practice in Europe in the software field, but I haven’t seen a claim like the above in “classic” patents for mechanical / physical products.

What are your thoughts on protecting physical products from being copied by 3D printing? Let me know in the comments!

 

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