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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology
Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law
Brisbane, Australia
Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, Indigenous Intellectual Property, and intellectual property and trade. Rimmer is currently working as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on ‘Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing’ (2017-2020). He is also undertaking research on; the regulation of robotics and artificial intelligence; and intellectual property and public health (particularly looking at the coronavirus COVID-19). His work is archived at QUT ePrints, SSRN Abstracts, Bepress Selected Works, and Open Science Framework.

Rimmer is a chief investigator, and co-director of the legal program in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (2020-2025) – a transnational research network. Rimmer is a member of the QUT Centre for the Digital Economy and the QUT Centre for Future Enterprise; the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC), the QUT Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society, and Technology (QUT BEST); the QUT Centre for Justice; the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Processes. Rimmer was previously the leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program from 2015-2020 (QUT IPIL).

Rimmer wrote his dissertation on The Pirate Bazaar: The Social Life of Copyright Law (2001). He is the author of Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod (2007), Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions (2008), and Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies (2011). His book The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim (2020) is due to be published soon. Rimmer edited the thematic issue of Law in Context, entitled Patent Law and Biological Inventions (2006), Indigenous Intellectual Property (2015), the special issue of the QUT Law Review on The Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products (2017), and Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (2018), and co-edited Incentives for Global Public Health: Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (2010), Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies: The New Biology (2012), and 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation (2019).