Professor Dinusha Mendis is Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management at Bournemouth University.
Dinusha is a leading expert in copyright law and regulation and its interaction with new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, AI, blockchain, cryptoassets, NFTs as well as digital media. .
Dinusha's research is internationally-recognised and she has spoken extensively in the area of copyright and new technologies 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.
Her recent research has explored the copyright implications of Cryptoassets including Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and she has published articles on this topic and has been invited to speak about it in UK, EU and beyond. Prior to researching into the area of cryptoassets, NFTs and the Metaverse, Dinusha has conducted research into Second Life and the implications for copyright law. Her article titled 'Streaming, Second Life, "summer" and tennis from SW19: a legal perspective on streaming and Second Life on sporting events' (2008) explored the challenges to copyright which digital and social media presents in the regulation of sport, particularly, tennis.
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 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, Dinusha 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, she was commissioned by the European Commission to explore the IP implications of Industrial 3D Printing; the project was completed and published in April 2020.