Disney Seeking Anti-Scanning Patent to Prevent 3D-Printing of its Trademarked Figurines

Disney is looking at ways to block people from using 3D printers to reproduce its famous characters. Disney is seeking a new patent for a reflective substance that would confuse digital scanners, so fans couldn’t easily scan Disney’s trademarked figurines and print them out at home on a 3D printer. “It can be difficult for a company distributing collectibles and other 3D objects, such as plastic figurines of movie and animated film characters, to prevent unlicensed copying,” Disney’s filed patent application says. “This can be an even larger problem for companies that want to protect products that are made through a 3D printing process.” Source: Inside 3D Printing News