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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.

Dinusha Mendis - Professor Mendis is the Centre's Co-Director (Digital Copyright, IP & Emerging Technologies)
Maurizio Borghi - Professor Borghi is the Centre's Director
Ana Santos Rutschman - Visiting Research Fellow
Dukki Hong - PhD Researcher
Hayleigh Bosher - Visiting Fellow
Marc Mimler - Senior Lecturer
Marcella Favale - Senior Research Fellow
The Final Workshop on 3D Printing – IP Hosted at the European Commission - On 14th October 2019, the final workshop of the European Commission funded project, ‘The Intellectual Property Implications of the Development of Industrial 3D Printing’ was hosted in Brussels. The project commissioned by the European Commission to Bournemouth University, aims to formulate a clear picture of the Intellectual Property (IP) framework that could enhance the competitiveness […]
Illegal IPTV in the European Union - A project funded by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and carried out by an interdisciplinary team of experts from Bournemouth University, including the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) and the Cyber Security Unit. >> Report published on 27 November 2019 The infringement of broadcasting rights online has grown significantly in the […]
Study into the Intellectual Property Implications of the Development of Industrial 3D Printing - A project exploring the ‘Study into the Intellectual Property Implications of the Development of Industrial 3D Printing’ was awarded by the European Commission to the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) in April 2018.  The project led by Co-Director of CIPPM, Professor Dinusha Mendis (Principal Investigator), also includes CIPPM members, Dr. Julie Robson […]
Going for Gold: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation of Ancient and Modern Jewellery - Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CPPM) and Associate Professor in Law has been successful in securing RCUK/AHRC funding to further the research into the intellectual property (IP) implications of 3D printing. The newly funded project follows on from the Commissioned Project for the UK Intellectual Property Office […]
Reports for the UK Government on IP Implications of 3D Printing - CIPPM researchers Dr. Dinusha Mendis and Dr. Davide Secchi together with Dr. Phil Reeves of Econolyst Ltd have published a sequence of three reports on the intellectual property implications of 3D printing resulting from a project commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office. In 2012, the Big Innovation Centre, in their Report ‘Three Dimensional Policy: […]
Making sense of DRM in game development (Madrigal) - Restrictive technology can prevent you from copying certain CDs or DVDs to a portable device to watch during your train journey or even go as far as to dictate which brand of coffee capsules you put in your espresso machine. This is Digital Rights Management (DRM). The Madrigal project has been awarded a Fusion Investment […]
The Provision of Research for 3D Printing and Intellectual Property: Where are we now? - The project commissioned and funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the first of its kind to consider the Intellectual Property (IP) implications of 3D Printing. The project is divided in to two parts and aims to provide (a) a quantitative analysis of online file-sharing and 3D printing online platforms and (b) a qualitative […]
Extending the Research of the Copyrightuser.org Project - Commissioned by CREATe, University of Glasgow and funded by RCUK, the copyrightuser.org project extends the research which commenced in 2012-2013 leading to the establishment of this online resource. Copyrightuser.org is an online resource aimed at making UK copyright law accessible to creators and members of the public. The resource is meant for everyone who uses […]
Major Study on IP implications of 3D Printing Now Published May 12, 2020 - A large scale empirical and legal study on the Intellectual Property Implications of the Development of Industrial 3D Printing, commissioned by the European Commission in 2018 to the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) was published in April 2020. The published report (spanning 257 pages), provides an in-depth exploration of the past and current […]
Study on Illegal IPTV in the European Union now published November 27, 2019 - In 2018, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, commissioned a research study on IPTV crime in Europe. The purpose of the research study was to enhance the level of understanding about the ways illegal internet protocol television (IPTV) is carried out, how the business […]
The Final Workshop on 3D Printing – IP Hosted at the European Commission October 14, 2019 - On 14th October 2019, the final workshop of the European Commission funded project, ‘The Intellectual Property Implications of the Development of Industrial 3D Printing’ was hosted in Brussels. The project commissioned by the European Commission to Bournemouth University, aims to formulate a clear picture of the Intellectual Property (IP) framework that could enhance the competitiveness […]
InfoSoc Seminar Series, Autumn 2019 October 1, 2019 - InfoSoc is a project launched by the Law Department of Bournemouth University and inspired by the landmark research of Professor Roger Brownsword. The idea is to map the landscape of contemporary informational interests and to evaluate a range of recognised and putative rights and wrongs associated with modern ‘information societies’. The aim of the InfoSoc […]
New Book by Prof. Dinusha Mendis on 3D Printing and IP Law March 31, 2019 - A new book titled ‘3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation’ published by Edward Elgar Publishers in February 2019 and edited by Professors Dinusha Mendis (Department of Law, CIPPM, Bournemouth University, UK) Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School, Stanford University, California USA) and Matthew Rimmer (Faculty of Law, Law School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia) […]

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