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How Will 3-D Printing in Fashion Impact Intellectual Property Laws?

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

As companies increasingly consider utilizing 3-D printing in the production of apparel and footwear, they may not be aware of potential legal implications down the line.

Fashion law experts discussed 3-D printing’s legal standing at a New York Law School symposium on Friday, titled “Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law and Technology,” and why new intellectual property (IP) legislation will need to be introduced to combat counterfeiting.

From a creative standpoint, 3-D printing encourages artistic expression and expands a designer’s ability to create. On the other hand, it also brings a whole new set of issues to the table, including IP rights violations, or counterfeiting.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.

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