The rise of 3D Printing, where a three-dimensional object can be recreated and printed in the comfort of your own home or office, has massive implications for patent and copyright holders and manufacturers. Dr. Dinusha Mendis, Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of BU’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management has featured in various articles, interviews and guest talks recently for her research into 3D printing and its implications for Intellectual Property (IP) Laws.
Dr Mendis’ work has seen her present talks and write articles in places as wide-ranging as Liverpool, London, Glasgow and Geneva over the past year.
In February 2013, she authored a paper titled: ‘Clone Wars’: Episode 1 – The Rise of 3D Printing and its Implications for Intellectual Property Law’, which was published in a 3-star journal and was followed by an interview for the BBC Radio 5 Live.
In April 2013, Dr. Mendis spoke on the topic at the 28th BILETA Conference at the University of Liverpool and was interviewed by the organisers about her research in this area.
Her research then led to an interview for the United Nations Agency, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Geneva, for their prestigious magazine the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR). Dr. Mendis was featured in the article ‘The Shape of things to Come: 3D Printing’ published on 1 May 2013.
In this article, Dr. Mendis suggests that in looking to the future and adapting to 3D printing, businesses should look to market-driven business models—for example, by setting up an iTunes-style store for spare product parts or by licensing 3D files more widely. It is vitally important for businesses to ‘adapt’ to this new technology and ‘adopt’ new business models.
Also during May 2013, Dr. Mendis was invited by the Open Rights Group, London to write for their magazine ORGZine, on 3D Printing and its implications for IP Laws. Her article titled ‘Unravelling 3D Printing and Intellectual Property Laws: From Napster to Thingiverse and Beyond’ was published on 21 May 2013.
On the 28th May 2013, Dr. Mendis was invited to speak at the University of Glasgow, at an event organised by CREATe titled ‘Conversations in Copyright’. At this event, Dr. Mendis was invited to speak about her research into 3D Printing with a specific focus on copyright law.
At present, Dr. Mendis is in the process of authoring a paper on 3D Printing with a specific focus on copyright which will be published in Autumn 2013.