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International Copyright Law
December 2020
London, UK

Professor Dinusha Mendis
Professor of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law at Bournemouth University


Professor Dinusha Mendis is Professor of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law and Co-Director of the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights.

Professor Mendis' recent research and projects have included considering the challenges to Intellectual Property Rights as a result of new and emerging technologies, such as the Intellectual Property (IP) implications of 3D Printing, blockchain and AI.  She 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 has been invited to speak on the topic at the European Parliament; EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO); academic institutions (UK and aboard); and for blue-chip industry clients such as Virgin, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, BBC, Guardian and Chanel amongst others.

In 2013, 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, for both of which she was Principal Investigator. 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.

Her book titled ‘3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation’ co-edited with Professor Mark Lemley and Professor Matthew Rimmer was published by Edward Elgar in February 2019.

Professor Mendis 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 (Middle Temple Inn).

Agenda Sessions

  • Copyright & 3D Printing