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My academic research interests cover international Intellectual property rights (IPR) and contract law, cultural economics, management science and research methodologies. My current research focus includes i) the demand as well as supply sides of the modern music value chain, ii) emerging new business models and changing organisational structures in the music and entertainment industries, iii) challenges to global IP and copyright legal norms and the impact on music creators’ rights
A contemporary review of Copyright and Trademark infringement research identifying the key trends over the past decade and challenges for these two IP rights from new technologies , continually evolving consumer behaviours and attitudes as well as other macro factors such as globalisation of supply chains
Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office
Research commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office and carried out by Ulster University: Professor Frank Lyons, Dr Hyojung Sun, Dennis Collopy, Paul O’Hagan and Professor Kevin Curran. It details the critical issues involved in digital music data management.
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the complex data issues involved in digital music content. Commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and sponsored by the two key UK music collection societies, PRS for Music and PPL, this report reveals stumbling blocks the music industry should face in order to tap into the full potenti...
2025 Manifesto: We need to work out what all the different parties in the licensing ecosystem actually want, which includes everyone from the end users to telcos to the actual creators. The Manifesto’s aim is to achieve a balanced and fair new music industry by 2025. To enable this we need to: • Simplify the licensing system • Reduce friction to in...
The paper outline distinctive features of enforcement of the 4 main IP rights across Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Design Rights and identifies different methods employed by industry and government as well as academics. It outlines the problems of divergent methods and non-transparency in the majority of research inhibiting like for like compa...
I am part of new team working for the UK's Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) researching the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across the enforcement of 5 key Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) , copyright, trademarks, design rights, patents and trade secrets.
As part of this research we are examining diverse legal issues including the use by an AI of existing IPR protected content as an input to novel creations/inventions as well as the legal status of the resulting output to establish the limits of enforceability. We then aim to consider the use of AI as a tool to improve the enforceability of IPR, building on the existing set of technological tools used across the various IPR.
We are currently conducting a Literature Review and subsequently a series of semi-structured interviews with IPR experts.
If you wish to share ideas (especially with regard to relevant academic or 'grey' literature) or comment on the above project please contact me at email@example.com