New 3D tablets even change established legal and tax aspects

Quantum leap innovation from the perspective of legal experts and patent attorneys

3D printing of tablets will generate new framework conditions even for tax-relevant processes. Is the VAT charged in the country where the printing material is produced or in the country (if not the same country) where the final product of the 3D tablet is manufactured? There may well be country-specific regulations for this, so that the possibility and danger of double taxation arises. In this context, it also needs to be clarified to what extent raw materials can be sold to 3D printing manufacturers without imposing taxes on the products made from them? Where does the Intellectual Property fill in and who does it belong to?


Especially when existing distributors in the classic "value chain" become 3D product manufacturers, the further question arises who will be charged transfer fees? In short, there is still a great need for clarification on the tax law level, too, when it comes to the introduction of 3D tablets, especially those produced decentrally.


How do legal experts and patent attorneys this assessment of the 3D tablet's quantum leap potential?


Note: the entire article represents the opinion of the author and not that of one of his previous or current employers and this publication is not supported by them in any way.


Interested in more blogs about 3D printing? In the previous episode, a quantum leap innovation was explained from the perspective of research institutes.


Dr. Volker Moeckel

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