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Disruptive innovations are technologies that serve to fundamentally change the market — or create new ones. Cell phones, personal computers and Wikipedia are examples of true disruptive innovations. Though it has been around since the 1990s, 3D printing suddenly seems poised to become the next disruption. And, as happened with previous disruptive innovations, intellectual property law challenges will play a part in the fight for market primacy. Patent litigation will inevitably be one of 3D printing’s primary battlefronts. Who ends up in the mix depends upon both the technology and legal theories involved.

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