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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
Argyro Karanasiou - Senior Lecturer in Law
Dukki Hong - PhD Researcher
Evangelia Papadaki - PhD Researcher
Hayleigh Bosher - Visiting Fellow
Marc Mimler - Senior Lecturer
Marcella Favale - Senior Research Fellow
Viola Prifti - Research Fellow 2016-2017
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 […]
Going for Gold: 3D Printing, Jewellery and the Future of Intellectual Property Law March 24, 2017 - 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 […]
Maurizio Borghi on “Legal regulation of search engines” January 28, 2015 - Faculty seminar of Maurizio Borghi “Legal regulation of research engines: the end of the “consent architecture”?” Wednesday 28 January 2015, 1:00pm, Room PG22 The seminar will address search engine liability in the context of EU law and jurisprudence (e.g. Innoweb and the recent Ryanair case). It concludes that the European legislative framework is severely restricting […]
Review – 3D Printing: A Selection of Stakeholder Perspectives November 7, 2014 - Friday 7th November 2014, Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University As part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science 2014, the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, Bournemouth University, brought together experts in a variety of fields to kick-start a new debate about the intellectual property implications of 3D printing. Introducing the event, Sally […]
3D Printing: A Selection of Stakeholder Perspectives September 21, 2014 - Symposium 2014
BU’s Festival of Learning showcases CIPPM’s research into 3D Printing and IP Law July 18, 2014 - On Monday 9 June, Dr. Dinusha Mendis CIPPM’s Co-Director, hosted an event on ‘3D Printing: Understanding the Technology and Law’ at Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning in collaboration with the Media School and School of Science and Technology. The event which was held from 5-7 pm on 9th June 2014 included three short presentations and a tour of the 3D printing facilities […]

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Autumn InfoSoc Seminar Series September 5, 2018 - “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 foundations of the InfoSoc project […]
CIPPM Secures European Commission Funding for Research into IP and 3D Printing April 21, 2018 - 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 […]
The effects of ‘Brexit’ on UK IP January 16, 2018 - Back in 2016 CIPPM hosted a symposium on the effects of the withdrawal from the European Union on UK intellectual property law. Now that we have reached the turning point of the UK/EU negotiations not much clarity as yet been made on the future of IP in the UK – for instance on the fate […]
IP and Human Genetic Databases January 1, 2018 - Human genetic databases are large collections of biological samples and personal details of individuals, which can be used for many purposes of medical research. Participants in these projects have expectations of collective benefits resulting from the use of the samples they donate and the information they provide access to. However, the current legal regime does not […]
Patenting bioprinting technologies October 1, 2017 - “Three dimensional (3D) bioprinting is the utilization of 3D printing and 3D printing–like techniques to combine cells, growth factors, and biomaterials to fabricate biomedical parts that maximally imitate natural tissue characteristics” (Wikipedia). Bioprinting raises complex ethical and legal issues, at the intersection of law and technology. Dr Marc Mimler‘s newly published book-chapter ‘Patenting Bioprinting-Technologies in the US and Europe: The […]

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