Michael Weinberg, author of the paper It Will Be Awesome If We Don’t Screw It Up, recently appeared on the Surprisingly Free podcast and gave a fascinating interview on the intellectual property implications of 3D Printing.
You can download or listen to the podcast here.
Most of the interview deals with IP issues following the debut of 3D Printing. However, at one point, Weinberg breezes past an important fact that caught my attention. Apparently, the current renaissance of desktop 3D Printing is only possible because of patents expiring. Which is depressing to hear, isn’t it? There’s our wonderful patent system for you. I wonder what other amazing innovations are sitting on the backburner right now, just waiting around for monopoly rights to get out of the way.