Prof. Dinusha Mendis

Dinusha Mendis is Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM). She joined Bournemouth University in 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Law and was appointed Associate Professor in November 2013 and Professor of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law in November 2016.

Professor Mendis is an internationally-recognised specialist in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, in particular copyright law. Her research includes exploring the challenges to IP/copyright law as a result of emerging technologies and in this context, she has conducted extensive funded and collaborative research on the IP implications of 3D printing commissioned by the UK intellectual Property Office, European Commission as well as other funding bodles. More recently she has carried out research into emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and its implications for IP law. She has been invited to speak on the topic at the European Parliament; EU Intellectual Property Office; IP Australia; BBC, The Guardian, UK House of Lords and for blue-chip industry clients.

At present, she is the project co-ordinator of a 4-year project commissioned by the EU Intellectual Property Office on IP enforcement, which is being carried out in collaboration with 14 Member States across the EU which is due for completion in 2024. Between 2019-2020, she led a commissioned project for the European Commission, together with partners from a number of EU Member States on the IP Implications on the Development of Industrial 3D Printing. The published report can be found here.

Professor Mendis is the Founding Member and Editor-in-Chief of the Bournemouth University Law Review (BULR) and is an Executive Member of the British and Irish Legal Education and Technology Association (BILETA). She was Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Media and Communication between March 2020 - March 2022.

Dinusha has held appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Law School, University of Stanford California and University of Tasmania Australia (2015). She holds qualifications from the Universities of Aberdeen (LLB (Hons)); Edinburgh (LLM, PhD); Nottingham Trent University (BVC) and has been Called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple Inn, London.