Emerging Technologies

© Steve Johnson, 2007

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 Director
Maurizio Borghi - Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Ana Santos Rutschman - Visiting Fellow - Autumn 2019
Bahar Dagli - PhD Researcher
Dukki Hong - Research Assistant
Hayleigh Bosher - Visiting Fellow
Marc Mimler - Senior Lecturer
Marcella Favale - Senior Research Fellow
Legal and ethical implications of ‘Vehicle to Everything’ - Project coordinators: Sally Weston and Freyja van den Boom Project description The context for this project is data from Vehicle to Everything (V2X) and how it will transform the insurance sector and revolutionise the way consumers engage with insurers.  V2X is an intelligent transport system where all vehicles and infrastructure systems are monitored and interconnected... Read more »
Software and Copyright - Seeking Clarity Through European Copyright Law Project coordinator: Dinusha Mendis Project description The project explores the opportunities and challenges presented by new and emerging technologies with a specific focus on software and its implications for EU copyright and copyright licensing. In doing so, the project will particularly question the concept of the ‘author’ and ‘owner’... Read more »
Robots, the new judges - Digital rights and defences in the networked environment Project coordinator: Dr Marcella Favale Project description Internet platforms, currently labelled by law as ‘intermediaries’, have revolutionized the digital world as we know it. Online purchases, free content, social contacts, are all parts of this scenario. In this picture, internet users are also content creators, but to... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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:... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
POSTPONED: Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – A view from practising lawyers August 26, 2021 - Due to unforeseen circumstances this webinar is postponed – we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Online Workshop 26th August 13:00 – 14:30 (BST) / 14:00 – 15:30(CEST) Speakers: Dr Maja Bogataj Jančič (IPI / Co-Chair GPAI), Jonas Holm (DLA Piper), Andrew Katz (Moorcrofts) Chair: Benjamin White (CIPPM) Artificial Intelligence and the many challenges it presents... Read more »
Abraham Drassinower “Technological Neutrality in Copyright” June 30, 2021 - Online research seminar - Wednesday 30 June 2021
Ana Santos Rutschman “The IP of COVID-19” May 19, 2021 - Online public lecture - Wednesday 19 May, 17:00

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Working Paper 04-2021: Marcella Favale “Robots as the New Judges: Copyright, Hate Speech, and Platforms” August 23, 2021 - Abstract On the 16th of October 2020, a middle-school teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by a terrorist who would not know of his existence if not for a number of videos posted on social media.[1] Yet, a law against publishing heinous content on line was approved in France on the 13th of May.[2] But in... Read more »
Working Paper 03-2021: Roger Brownsword “Law, Authority, and Respect in Our Information Societies: Three Waves of Technological Disruption” July 22, 2021 - Abstract In our information societies, we act, interact, and transact in environments that are located at various points on a spectrum running from offline (analogue) to online (digital). Typically, the more that we move away from offline environments, the more that technologies bear the regulatory load; and, concomitantly, the greater the range and intensity of... Read more »
CIPPM panel at the CPDP Conference 2021 January 24, 2021 - CIPPM / Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has sponsored a panel at the 14th International Conference Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) “Enforcing rights in a changing world”, Brussels 27 -29 January 2021. The panel “Rethinking opennes in the context of Artificial Intelligence” will be held on Wednesday 27 January at 18:30 (CET). Chair: Freyja... Read more »
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... Read more »

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