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Prof. Dinusha Mendis

Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law

Bournemouth University

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Professor Dinusha Mendis is Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM). Dinusha's research includes exploring the challenges to IP/copyright law as a result of emerging technologies and in this context, she has conducted extensive funded and collaborative research on the IP implications of new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, AI and blockchain.  In 2015, Dinusha completed the first commissioned project on IP implications of 3D printing for the UK Intellectual Property Office which was followed by a funded project for the AHRC in 2017 focusing on 3D printing and scanning of ancient and modern jewellery. In 2018, Dinusha was commissioned by the European Commission to explore the IP implications of Industrial 3D Printing which was completed in April 2020. 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 2019. At present, Dinusha is the Deputy Dean for Research and Professional Practice (appointed March 2020) in the Faculty of Media and Communication and is the Founding Member and Editor-in-Chief of the Bournemouth University Law Review (BULR). She was Head of Research (Law) (2017-2019). She holds qualifications from the Universities of Aberdeen (LLB Hons), Edinburgh (LLM, PhD), Nottingham Trent University (BVC) and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple Inn