On 3rd December 2019, Prof. Dinusha Mendis was an invited speaker at the International Copyright Law Conference 2019 held at the Millennium Hotel London. Labelled as the ‘ultimate guide to the operation of copyright’, this event brings together a range of international speakers from different sectors.
The 2019 edition focused on Copyright and AI, Brexit, legal tech and copyright, funding of copyright claims as well as legal case law and legal updates.
Prof. Dinusha Mendis from the Department of Humanities and Law at Bournemouth University, explored the copyright issues surrounding technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning and offered a number of insights from her recent research including insights from her recently published co-edited book, 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation.
The event held over two days included speakers from practice, academia and policy.
A full list of speakers can be accessed here: https://law.knect365.com/international-copyright-law/speakers
The 2-day agenda can be accessed here: https://law.knect365.com/international-copyright-law/agenda/1
Regulating 3D printing has been the focus of attention recently, with the European Parliament adopting a resolution put forward by the Legal Affairs Committee to regulate 3D printing from the perspective of intellectual property (IP) and civil liability. The resolution was adopted in July 2018.
Around the same time, the European Commission commissioned a project exploring the Intellectual Property (IP) implications of the Development of 3D Printing signalling its commitment to this area. This project which commenced in May 2018 is being led by Professor Dinusha Mendis of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University.
The current work builds on the Commissioned project on the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing, which Professor Mendis led for the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) between 2013-2015 and the AHRC/CREATe project which Professor Mendis led between 2015-2017.
To speak about these developments and issues, Professor Mendis was interviewed by The Guardian for the ‘Chips with Everything’ programme recently. The link to the podcast can be found here (relevant segment from 15.10 minutes onwards).
Professor Mendis was also invited by CHANEL to deliver a presentation to their legal team about the IP implications of 3D Printing in the fashion and consumer industry. In doing so, Professor Mendis drew on the research findings from her project ‘Going for Gold: Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation of Ancient and Modern Jewellery’ which was funded by the AHRC (contract with CREATe, University of Glasgow) and was completed in August 2017.
Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) was invited to deliver a talk on her research into Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies, with a focus on 3D printing at an event organised by the UN Agency, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and University of Turin, Law School, Italy. The talk was delivered on 24th October 2016.
The event which formed part of the Master of Laws Programme, offered jointly with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Academy and University of Turin, was hosted in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO) with financial support from the Government of Italy and was attended by academics, practitioners and officials from WIPO and ITCILO.
Dr. Mendis spoke about the legal status surrounding 3D printing, with a particular focus on the funded research carried out for the UK Intellectual Property Office ( completed 2015) and the current AHRC funded project titled ‘Going for Gold’ exploring the intellectual property implications surrounding 3D scanning, 3D printing and mass customisation from the point of view of cultural and business sectors.
Other speakers at the event included, Ms. Martha Chikowore (WIPO Academy, Training Officer), Mr. Ralf Kruger (Manager, Turin School of Development), Professor Alessandro Cogo (University of Turin), Professor Marco Ricolfi (University of Turin), Mr. Paolo Marzano (LUISS, University, Rome) and Dr. Thomas Margoni (CREATe, University of Glasgow).