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Crowdsourcing prior art to defeat 3D printing patent applications: The Maker Movement

 According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “the incremental nature of innovation in 3D printing makes it particularly unsuitable for patenting” and “openness often outperforms the patent system at spurring innovation”.

Thus, organisations like the EFF are marshaling the Makers, using crowdsourcing to identify prior art to challenge 3DP-related patent applications they view as “threatening” or “dangerous".

Monday, May 20, 2013
Manufacturers' Monthly

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