Dinusha Mendis

Dr. Dinusha Mendis is an Associate Professor in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM).

Dinusha specialises in Intellectual Property Law, in particular copyright law, copyright licensing and digital copyright policy and has published widely in this area. Her research also includes exploring the challenges to intellectual property law as a result of emerging technologies and in this context, she has conducted extensive funded and independent research on the intellectual property implications of 3D printing and emerging technologies. She has been invited to speak on the topic at the European Parliament; Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM); UK House of Lords and at various academic organisations and for blue-chip industry clients.

During 2015, Dinusha was on research leave and held appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tasmania Australia and Stanford Law School, University of Stanford California.

Dinusha 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.


Maria Lillà Montagnani is Associate Professor of Commercial Law at Bocconi University, where she lectures on Intellectual Property and marketing law. She is faculty associate of Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and director of ASK research center at Bocconi University. She is an Italian qualified lawyer (Bar of Milan – 1998) and currently works as Of counsel at Maschietto Maggiore law firm in Milan.

Her research interests are in the field of copyright law, patent and trademark law, competition law. She has published in leading international law journals, among which World Competition, IIC International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law, and Cardozo Art & Entertainment Law Journal. She co-edited several books among which ‘Intellectual Property and Social Justice: a law and economics approach’, published by Edward Elgar in 2010. In 2012 she has published the book ‘Il diritto d’autore nell’era digitale: la distribuzione online delle opere dell’ingegno’ (Giuffrè). Her articles have several times won the award for excellence in research granted by Bocconi University.

Maria Lillà Montagnani is very active within the current debate on the European Digital Agenda, specifically on the issues of IPR strategy for a single digital market and Open Data; she contributes with her writings and presents her research results in international scientific workshops. Part of her research was and still is funded by international and European organizations. In 2012 she has been appointed to the board of Fondiaria-Sai.