Bloomberg Law
April 1, 2020, 10:01 AM

3D Printing Ingenuity During Coronavirus Comes With IP Risks

Matthew Bultman
Matthew Bultman

Innovators and volunteers are rallying to 3D printing to combat the new coronavirus. But with this ingenuity comes concerns about patent infringement and product safety.

Owners of patents on certain designs of face shields, masks, and ventilator parts could have infringement claims against printers. There is also a risk of lawsuits if supplies are unsafe.

Shortages of masks, gowns, and other protective gear in many cities hit hard by the pandemic have driven innovations. Open-source instructions are readily available, and volunteers are lining up.

More than 4,300 individuals—from Portland, Ore. to Berlin, Germany—have added their names to a Google Doc ...

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