Going for Gold: 3D Printing, Jewellery and the Future of Intellectual Property Law

Date: Friday 24 March 2017

Time: 10 am – 5pm

Venue: EB708, Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University

Registration for the event is now closed.

Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing as it is more commonly known, continues to push the boundaries of Intellectual Property (IP) law whilst raising questions relating to the protection and exploitation of IP.

There have been various attempts to address these questions through legal and empirical studies; yet at the same time, there continues to be limited literature and debate on the implications of 3D printing surrounding intellectual property law, industry, society, technology and policy.

This challenge, which extends to the lucrative jewellery sector raises further questions in relation to creativity, design, copyright and licensing.

This event, which builds on the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) Commissioned Study on 3D Printing and IP law led by Bournemouth University (BU) during 2013-2014 (reports published in 2015), will explore some of these questions by bringing together experts from the cultural and business sectors including designers, manufacturers, distributors, policy makers and legal professionals.

The event will also provide the platform for a discussion of the ‘Going for Gold’ project supported by the RCUK funded Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe), AHRC Grant Number AH/K000179/1 and carried out by researchers at CIPPM (Bournemouth University) in collaboration with Museotechniki Ltd and Uformia AS.

This multi-disciplinary event will be complemented by an exhibition of 3D printed jewellery artefacts which will be on display at the event.


10.00 -11.00: Registration

11.00 – 11.15: Welcome

Maurizio Borghi (Director, CIPPM)

Dinusha Mendis (Event Host)

11.15 – 11.45: Going for Gold Project: Preliminary Findings & Conclusions

Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University)

11.45 – 12.45: Creativity and Design Freedom in the Jewellery/Fashion Sector: IP Challenges

Chair: Roger Brownsword

Ruth Burstall (Baker & McKenzie LLP) – ‘Fashion Forward: IP Challenges for the Fashion Industry in a Digital World’

Lionel Dean (De Montfort University) – ‘Control: Managing the Freedom of Digital Creativity’

Dids Macdonald (Anti Copying in Design) – ‘IP, Design and 3D Printing: Opportunities and Challenges’

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch and Networking

14.00 – 15.00: Use and Re-Use of Jewellery Artefacts: Copyright, Contract and Licensing Issues

Chair: Maurizio Borghi

Damian Etherington (Ipswich Museum) – ‘3D Printing: The Holy Grail of Teenage Engagement’

Frank Cooper (Jewellery School, Birmingham City University) – ‘Anglo Saxon Bling: Digital Technologies meet the Heritage Sector’

Andrea Wallace (CREATe, University of Glasgow) – ‘3D Printing and Surrogate IP Rights’

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee

Chair: Sally Weston

15.30 – 16.30: Dissemination and Distribution: IP Perspectives & New Business Models

Rob Smith (Digital Forming) – ‘Protecting IP in Customisation’

Michael Weinberg (Shapeways Ltd) – ‘Real World Challenges in the 3D Printed Jewellery Marketplace’

Nikolaos Maniatis (Museotechniki Ltd) – ‘Going for Gold in Business: The Commercial Impact of IPR Policy’

16.30 – 16.45: Concluding Remarks and Close