Alternative Assets: Navigating Intellectual Property Issues of Ownership, Value and Protection

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.

3D Printing, 3D Scanning and IP Law: Ownership, Authorship and Infringement

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.

When you buy an NFT, you don’t completely own it – here’s why

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are essentially tradeable jpegs or gifs. Unlike physical collectables, an NFT owner will not be able to display the asset in their home – except on a screen. They might think they could display it on a website, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

The Copyright and Design Law Implications of 3D Printing

In this context, the chapter will, first, consider the legal status of a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) file within the context of registered and unregistered design, before proceeding to consider the implications presented through infringement and possible exceptions available for users.

Universities and Copyright Collecting Societies

This book is the first to carry out an in-depth study in to the interaction between Universities and Copyright Collecting Societies (CCS) in the UK in light of technological advances. It also considers a case-study in to the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and looks in to the licensing system under the Higher Education Copying Accord (HECA).

3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation

The book, which will be presented in two parts, aims to provide an in-depth consideration of the intellectual property implications of 3D printing in Part I, before moving on to a consideration of the legal and intellectual property challenges posed by future and emerging technologies in Part II.