Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Co-Director of the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights, Bournemouth University
Professor Dinusha Mendis is a leading expert in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) law, particularly copyright law and its interaction with new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, AI and blockchain. She has published widely and spoken extensively in this area with invited talks at the European Parliament; EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO); academic institutions (national and international); and for blue-chip industry clients such as HP, Virgin, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, BBC, Guardian and Chanel amongst others.
Professor Mendis is the author of one of the first peer-reviewed academic articles to be published in the field of 3D printing and IP Law and her book titled ‘3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation’ co-edited with Professor Mark Lemley (Stanford, USA) and Professor Matthew Rimmer (QUT, Australia) was published by Edward Elgar in February 2019.
In 2015, Professor Mendis was Commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office to explore the IP implications of 3D Printing (completed 2015) and thereafter completed a funded project for the AHRC in 2017 focusing on 3D printing and scanning of ancient and modern jewellery. In 2018, Professor Mendis was commissioned by the European Commission to explore the IP implications of Industrial 3D Printing; this project is due for completion in early 2020.
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