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A Reflection on Research Leave at University of Tasmania Australia and Stanford Law School California

In January 2015, Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Associate Professor in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) in the Faculty of Media and Communications was awarded a period of research leave funded by the Fusion Investment Fund which commenced on 1 January 2015. The study leave was granted to further Dr. Mendis’ research into the digital aspects of Copyright Law and the Intellectual Property (IP) Implications of 3D Printing.

During this time Dr. Mendis held appointments as Lord Provost Fellow at University of Tasmania in Australia and as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law SchoolStanford University California.

Dr. Mendis also engaged in collaboration with Art, Science and Knowledge (ASK) Centre, University of Bocconi in Italy during this time.

From February – April, Dr. Mendis collaborated with researchers at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia in the capacity of Lord Provost Fellow. In particular, Dr. Mendis worked with Professor Dianne Nicol and Dr. Jane Nielsen of the Faculty of Law, UTAS. The collaboration work involved considering the IP implications of 3D Printing.

The time was also utilised to collaborate with colleagues at Melbourne University, Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology where Dr. Mendis was invited to present her recent research, which she carried out for the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The presentation formed part of the ‘Innovation Seminar Series’, organised by the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr. Mendis was also invited to present her research at a Staff Seminar at UTAS, in her capacity as Visiting Fellow and was invited by IP Australia to present on the research findings of the UKIPO Commissioned Project. Further information about the talk can be found here.

Dr. Mendis’ final appointment was at Stanford Law School, Stanford University California.

During her time as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Dr. Mendis was involved in working with Professor Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School, to further her research into the intellectual property implications of 3D printing. Sponsored by Professor Lemley, Dr. Mendis utilised the time at Stanford to complete two research papers (to be published) and collaborate with IP experts from University of California, Berkeley; Emory University; Georgia Tech University and Indiana University in taking forward a project in the area of 3D printing and intellectual property implications.

The appointments have all proved to be very productive and rewarding in taking forward the research on the IP implications of 3D printing as well as research into various aspects in copyright law.

The Appointments were made possible by the generous funding extended by Bournemouth University; CIPPM; University of Tasmania and Stanford Law School.

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