Copyright gives its owner the exclusive right to exploit a work for a limited time and protects the expression of an idea, but not the idea itself. Creative works such as literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works as well as films, sound recordings, broadcasts, software, databases and arrangement of works are protected by copyright.

Copyright law has been challenged by emerging technologies since the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1440. More recently, copyright (and IP Law) has been challenged by technologies such as 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.


Find out about my research in the area of copyright law.

3D Printing and IP Law

The implications for IP law as a result of 3D Printing, with an emphasis on copyright.

Artificial Intelligence and IP Law

AI and what it means for IP law with a focus on copyright.

Blockchain and NFTs

Is it the ultimate solution to copyright enforcement?

Current Projects

This project commissioned by the Observatory of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights is carried out by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) in collaboration with Milieu Consulting SPRL.

At present, my research involves an exploration of the copyright implications of blockchain particularly from…

Upcoming Events

Date: 24 September 2021. Professor Dinusha Mendis will be an invited speaker at the Singapore Technology Law Festival 2021 (TechLawFest). Together with panellists, Dr Stanley Lai (Head of Intellectual Property, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore), Mr. Benjamin Gaw (Director, Drew and Napier LLC, Singapore) and Mr. Chia Hock Lai (Co_Chairman, Blockchain Association of Singapore), Professor Dinusha Mendis will explore the copyright implications of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and what it means for the future of IP law.

Conference: 112th Annual Society of Legal Scholars Conference Speakers: D. Mendis Date: 3rd September 2021…

Drawing on the results of a project completed for the European Commission, the talk will consider the IP implications arising from 3D printing and 3D scanning, with particular focus on copyright and cultural organisations. In doing so, the presentation will give an insight into the IP implications surrounding the 3D printing and scanning process, from the perspective of designing a CAD file to sharing, printing and distributing it.

Cambridge Information and Intellectual Property Meeting (CIIPM) for Legal Practitioners will be held virtually for the first time. The theme of the event will be ‘Maximising your IP Portfolio with ‘2020’ Vision’. Professor Dinusha Mendis will join speakers from industry, policy and academia to discuss future innovations and its implications for IP law. In particular, Professor Mendis will focus on the implications for 3D printing, with an emphasis on the past, present and future.

Completed Projects

My recent research has explored the recent reforms to copyright and challenges posed to IP and copyright laws as a result of emerging technologies such as 3D printing, IPTV, AI and blockchain.

CIPPM has received a 3-years funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme to set up…

In 2018, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of…

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management’s Co-Director, Dr. Dinusha Mendis and CIPPM Member, Dr. Fabian Homberg presented…

Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CPPM) and Associate Professor…

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