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).

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.

The panel examine mechanisms for co-ordinating access via international IP agreements, how international investment protection might interfere with national access measures, why it is important to adequately manage the public interest in technology transfer agreements, and how 3D printing can help fight the pandemic.

In preparation for the autumn transition to online teaching of most IP courses, the UK Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) and the US Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU),  held a first, well attended (70 registrants), international Zoom workshop on July 8th to share good practice and practical tips amongst IP educators.

The 2019 edition focused on Copyright and AI, Brexit, legal tech and copyright, funding of copyright claims as well as legal case law and legal updates.

Professor Dinusha Mendis from the Department of Humanities and Law at Bournemouth University explored the copyright issues surrounding technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning and offered a number of insights from her recent research including insights from her recently published co-edited book, 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation.

This chapter begins with an analysis of the protection of 3D models as artistic works. In doing so, the chapter draws a line through history, taking the reader on a journey from the Engravings Copyright Act 1735 to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Thereafter the chapter moves to a consideration of another component of the 3D printing process – the CAD design file, which acts as a ‘vessel’ to encapsulate a 3D model.

This chapter explores the challenges to intellectual property (IP) laws, particularly copyright law, as a result of 3D printing. This analysis is carried out from the perspective of the United Kingdom (UK) as well as European Union (EU) laws as relevant. As a starting point, the chapter provides an account of the protection of 3D models and in doing so, draws a line through history to charter the developments of artistic works.

The theme of the conference was to explore the increasing integration and use of new technologies in the legal world, and the scale of changes to law and the legal profession, creating a ‘Law-Tech Arena’, as part of the Symposium, for key stakeholders to discuss the future of law and legal profession in connection with technological progress.

Sterling on World Copyright Law remains the most comprehensive and comparative analysis of world copyright law and decided cases on a national, international, and regional level. This insightful and accessible text covers the key principles of protection, as well as the leading conventions and treaties, making it a leading authority on the subject.

Through the application of selected statutes and case law drawn from the United Kingdom (UK), this paper will explore the copyright status of three-dimensional design files and will particularly question whether they can be protected as literary and / or artistic works. In responding to this question, the paper highlighting gaps and challenges inherent in the law and adopts a ‘coherentist’ and ‘regulatory instrumentalist’ analysis in responding to the challenges and providing recommendations for the future.

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