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Graphic designers seek patents to protect work

on Friday,November 12,2010 21:11

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As the three-dimensional (3-D) graphic design industry continues to expand, more individuals are seeking patents to protect their work. The growing number of consumers copying 3-D designs for their own use is concerning companies seeking to brand their intellectual property.

More 3-D design producers are beginning to sue printers that they consider to be a threat to their patented work, according to PC World. At-home reproductions of 3-D designs have increased with the advancements of technology and its availability to consumers.

"Existing industries could demand radical reformation of intellectual property law, or the creation of entirely new types of intellectual property, when confronted with widespread 3D printing," digital rights group, Public Knowledge, told the news source.

Three-dimensional printers have been existent for years, but the rise of inexpensive printers has driven consumers to reproduce works in their own homes. Patents can help individuals protect their work, but for many designers, it is difficult to track down which images have been copied.

Graphic design jobs are projected to increase by 13 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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