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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
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 - 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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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 […]
‘Metall auf Metall’. The German Federal Constitutional Court rules on hip hop sampling April 10, 2017 - Marc Mimler's case review of the German Federal Constitutional Court's decision on the permissibility of sampling which is widely used in hip hop and electronic music.
Regulating ISP in China: dissemination conference in Beijing March 1, 2017 - CIPPM and University of China Academy of Sciences held the dissemination conference of the project “Regulating Internet Intermediaries in China: Legal and Empirical Evidence for better policy making” in New World Hotel, Beijing on 26th February 2017.  The project is funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council UK and managed by the AHRC Centre for […]
Response to proposed ‘press publication right’ December 5, 2016 - A group of thirty seven professors of Intellectual Property and Information Law, led by Lionel Bently (CIPIL, University of Cambridge), has submitted to the Intellectual Property Office a response to the proposed introduction of a new right on press publications. The so-called ‘press publication right’, as included in Article 11 of the Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in […]
Viiniverla: too much ‘ado’ about nothing – new article by Nicola Coppola August 10, 2016 - Nicola Coppola, a PhD researcher and part-time lecturer at CIPPM has published an article titled ‘Viiniverla: too much ‘ado’ about nothing’ in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice. The case comment focuses on the recent Viiniverla Case (C-75/15, Second Chamber, 21 January 2015) in the context of Geographical Indications (GIs). The case concluded […]

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