Professor Dinusha Mendis is Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Co-Director of the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights at Bournemouth University. She is also the current Acting Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Media and Communication.
Dinusha is a leading expert in copyright law and regulation and its interaction with new and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, AI, blockchain as well as digital media. Her recent research has explored the copyright implications of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
She has published widely and 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.
During September 2021, she will be speaking on NFTs and Copyright at international conferences in UK and Singapore.
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.
Her research interest also includes media and entertainment law including sports law and she has written about the impact of social media and copyright in sport, in particular tennis.
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 which digital and social media presents in the regulation of sport, particularly, tennis. Similarly, her publication 'Introduction to Entertainment Law' in Walmsley B. and Moss S., (eds). Entertainment Management - Towards Best Practice (2014) explores the impact of social media on entertainment and its regulation, including sport. Her co-authored commissioned report for the EU Intellectual Property Office titled 'Illegal IPTV in the European Union' (2019) explored the paradigm shift from satellite and cable TV, towards Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), in particular its impact on sports events, amongst others, on intellectual property rights and regulation.