Dr. Hideo Kodama developed the first three-dimensional printing technology, called Rapid Prototyping (“RP”), in 1980. Kodama developed his RP technology for creating industrial prototypes. Kodama unfortunately failed to file the full patent specification before the oneyear deadline. Six years later, the United States Patent Office issued Charles Hull the first patent for his stereolithography apparatus (“SLA”), constituting the genesis of modern 3D printing technology. Numerous new 3D printing methods were developed and patented between the 1980s and early 2000s. Within the past ten years, the 3D printing sector has settled into two distinct emphases.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on February 19, 2015. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Gaskill, J. T., "3D Printing and Patent Liability" (2015). AELJ Blog. 61.