Bioprinting: The Intellectual Property Landscape
The patenting of bioprinting techniques to make tissues and organs has quietly been going on for more than a decade. Anyone seeking to develop a product or service based upon bioprinting must be concerned about the patent landscape. This chapter will first discuss the various options available to protect the different aspects of bioprinting. Then, it will provide a summary of the landscape of utility patents that protect innovation in each of the three stages of bioprinting: (i) bioimaging + CAD + blueprint, (ii) bi-oink + bio-paper + bioprinter, and (iii) maturogens + biomonitoring + bioreactor. Lastly, the chapter will discuss certain exceptions to patent infringement for the development of bioprinted tissues and organs.
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