The intersection between intellectual property (IP) law and technology is not new. IP law has continuously been challenged by technology. From the printing press to the Internet, IP laws have had to react to these various challenges. The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (2011) recognised some of these challenges, calling for a re-consideration of IP law.
CIPPM has been at the forefront of research in responding to these challenges brought about by emerging technologies.
The Centre is a front-runner in the field of 3D printing and its implications for IP law. CIPPM Co-Director, Dr. Dinusha Mendis has led the research in this area. In October 2013, the Centre was commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to consider the IP implications of 3D printing relating to businesses and individuals. In 2015 it received a grant from AHRC to explore the use of 3D printing by cultural institutions and museums, with a pilot case-study on reproduction of jewlery.
Research on emerging technologies also include Big Data, the Internet of Things and Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems.
The intersection between emerging technologies and IP law will continue to throw up various challenges in the years to come. It is an exciting area, which will continue to evolve within the Centre providing for further projects, networks, publications and research events.
- Major Study on IP implications of 3D Printing Now Published
- New Book by Prof. Dinusha Mendis on 3D Printing and IP Law
- D. Mendis, In Pursuit of Clarity: The Conundrum of CAD and Copyright – Seeking Direction Through Case Law
- Copyright and Software: New Publication and an Invited Talk at Uni of Oxford’s OIPRC
- D. Mendis, J. Nielsen, D. Nicol and P. Li – The Co-Existence of Copyright and Patent Laws to Protect Innovation – A Case Study of 3D Printing in UK and Australian Law
- M. Favale – A Wii too stretched? The ECJ extends to game consoles the protection of DRM- on tough conditions
- M. Favale – Death and Resurrection of Copyright, between Law and Technology
- D. Mendis and D. Secchi – A Legal and Empirical Study of 3D Printing Online Platforms and an Analysis of User Behaviour
- P. Reeves and D. Mendis – The Current Status and Impact of 3D Printing Within the Industrial Sector: An Analysis of Six Case Studies
- D. Mendis, D. Secchi and P. Reeves – A Legal and Empirical Study into the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing