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EU and Global IP Policy


Since the early ’90s, the European Union has been acting as a global actor in the process of international harmonization of the laws protecting Intellectual Property Rights. Besides working towards the harmonization of the Intellectual Property laws of the Member States, the EU has also acted at international level to promote approximations of laws as an instrument of free trade and transfer of knowledge. Copyright is an important asset in this scheme, as the European Cultural production factors for a sizeable share of the global market.

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) of Bournemouth University contributes to the European and international IP policy-making by joining the debate among governments, European institutions and IP scholars. For example, CIPPM has been part of the consortium of the EU funded project SEARCH (Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRregionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods) where it has carried out research to identify and explore barriers to innovation in the integration process between the European Union and its neighbouring countries. At policy level, CIPPM advocates for an EU copyright system which takes into account the legitimate interests of users of copyright works. In 2008, CIPPM has played a major role in the debate surrounding the Directive on the extension of copyright terms for sound recordings, by promoting a Joint Academic Statement signed by more than 50 EU academics. More recently, CIPPM has submitted a contribution to the open consultation of the European Union on the reform of Copyright Law, and has organized an international symposium on Geographical Indications (the first of this kind in the UK). Finally, the Centre is often involved in government-funded comparative research to study and assess the international landscape related to IPRs, mostly with a European interest. In this connection, the Centre has recently started a major research project on regulation of Internet Service Providers in China.

European and Global Intellectual Property Policy is an important subject-matter for our research Centre, which has developed and will develop even more projects, fellowship schemes, networks, and various academic activities in  crucial areas of international innovation and dissemination of culture.

Marcella Favale - Senior Research Fellow
Maurizio Borghi - Professor Borghi is the Centre's Director
Antanina Garanasvili - Research Economist
Dinusha Mendis - Professor Mendis is the Centre's Co-Director (Digital Copyright, IP & Emerging Technologies)
Indranath Gupta - Visiting Research Fellow
Lingling Wei - Senior Lecturer in Business Law
Marc Mimler - Senior Lecturer
Nicola Coppola - PhD Researcher and P/T Lecturer in Law
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 […]
Regulating Internet Intermediaries in China: Legal and Empirical Evidence for Better Policy Making - This one-year project is funded by AHRC/Newton Fund as part of the AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China. Principal investigator is Dr Lingling Wei, supported by Maurizio Borghi, Fabian Homberg and Marcella Favale and in collaboration Professor Shunde Li and Associate Professor Xianjue Luo from the University of Chinese Academy of […]
Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRregionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods (SEARCH) - This Project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development in the ‘Socio-economic sciences and the humanities’ area (2011-2014) The main objective of this project is to strengthen the integration process between the EU and the Neighbourhood Countries (NCs), by improving the understanding of the institutional framework […]
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 […]
Visiting Research Fellows join CIPPM in Summer 2019 July 8, 2019 - Three Visiting Research Fellows joined CIPPM / Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence this summer as part of the short-term residential fellowship programme 2019 Pieter van Cleynebruegel from the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) of the University of Liège. Professor Van Cleynebruegel is a legal researcher on theories of regulation and their application to EU […]
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) […]
Funded PhD Studentship March 26, 2019 - Bournemouth University invites applications for a fully-funded PhD research studentship in law, with an expected starting date of September 2019. Applicants are invited to submit research proposals on the theme of Intellectual property and information rights in the European Digital Single Market: legal, regulatory and normative issues. The research will be conducted at the Centre […]
Event report: European Intellectual Property and its Limits February 5, 2019 - Inaugural Symposium – Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights Wednesday 16 January 2019 >> Programme The symposium celebrated the launch of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, funded for 3 years from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme. There were numerous insightful and fascinating presentations across the day by academics […]

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