Patent Trolls Target 3D Printing, Seek to Limit Our Ability to Print Human Flesh

Apparently the advent of 3D printing technology is scary enough that before we’re even able to print out a new pair of shoes, patent trolls Intellectual Ventures have secured a patent that might prevent the use of 3D printing technology for making really fun stuff like cars, or zeppelins.

MIT’s Technology Review blog has taken a look at the patent and finds that it is a weirdly comprehensive attempt to enforce digital rights management (DRM) for items no one ever knew might need such protection:
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Patent Trolls Target 3D Printing, Seek to Limit Our Ability to Print Human Flesh