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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)
Evangelia Papadaki - PhD Researcher
Lingling Wei - Senior Lecturer in Business Law
Marc Mimler - Senior Lecturer
Nicola Coppola - PhD Researcher and P/T Lecturer in Law
Viola Prifti - Research Fellow 2016-2017
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 […]
Gustavo Ghidini – Shape trade-marks and competition March 8, 2018 - Public Lecture - Thursday 8 March 2018, 18:00, Room EB306
Martin Husovec – Can User Creativity Survive Automated Copyright Enforcement in Europe? February 8, 2018 - Public Lecture - Thursday 8 February 2018, 18:00, Room EB306
Scales of Justice Copyright Balance Poorna Mysoor: The Doctrine of Implied Licence and Copyright Balance May 10, 2017 - Research seminar - Wednesday 10 May, 16:00, Room F 110 (Fusion Building)

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New faculty member of CIPPM: Research Economist Antanina Garanasvili October 4, 2018 - Antanina Garanasvili has joined CIPPM as Research Economist in October 2018. Antanina will work with researchers from CIPPM and the Cyber Security Unit of Bournemouth Unversity on a study on illegal IPTV and cardsharing in the European Union. Antanina is a PhD Candidate at the University of Padua and visiting PhD researcher at Queen Mary […]
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence October 3, 2018 - CIPPM has received a 3-years funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme to set up a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on “European Intellectual Property and Information Rights”. The Centre of Excellence aims at giving support, visibility, and enhanced impact to a series of CIPPM activities in crucial areas of European integration such as Copyright […]
Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law: an opinion by prof. Borghi published on The Conversation September 20, 2018 - The newly approved EU copyright directive has been largely described as an encroachment on bargaining power of US tech giants like Google and Facebook vis-à-vis European publishers and copyright holders. In an article published by The Conversation (here), prof. Borghi explains why, in reality, the directive will benefit Internet giants more than publishers, creators and European […]
Brexit: champagne, parmesan, prosecco and feta could soon be at the centre of negotiations August 1, 2018 - In an opinion published today in The Conversation (here), Marc Mimler and Enrico Bonadio explain why the protection of geographical indications of origin is soon to become a hot issue in the negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. Read the article here.
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 […]

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