Belgium-Brussels: Study on the IP implications of the development of industrial 3D printing
Section I: Contracting authority
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Section II: Object
Study on the IP implications of the development of industrial 3D printing.
The objective of the study is to analyse and clarify how the existing IP framework concretely brings protection to IP rights holders, and identify possible gaps and opportunities, or needs for clarification.
The study shall analyse how the use of IPRs could stimulate the development of 3D printing technologies (best practices of IP exploitation, model licensing schemes, etc.), what are the current perceived IP barriers for further development of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and how could they be removed.
The place of performance of the tasks shall be the contractor's premises or any other place indicated in the tender, with the exception of the Commission's premises.
In order to achieve the objectives of the study, the contractor will need to perform the following:
I. analysis of existing IP laws and their specific interaction with the industrial use of 3D printing technology;
II. analysis of 3D printing process and IPR challenges;
III. analysis of AM key sectors and markets and IPR obstacles/enablers;
IV. present an overview of the IP issues resulting from interactions between stakeholders involved in the value chain;
V. analysis of the IP issues from the perspective of the 3D printing industry;
VI. present conclusions and recommendations.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
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Section VI: Complementary information
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