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Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Program

Where law and technology intersect

We conduct cutting-edge, real-world research at the intersection of law and technology.

We play a critical role in shaping public policy through research, education, community service and public policy engagement.

Research expertise

International trade and sustainable development

We undertake research in the global governance of intellectual property, innovation, international trade, and sustainable development.

We explore the international legal response to issues such as:

  • intellectual property and international trade
  • electronic commerce and the digital economy
  • access to essential medicines
  • plain packaging of tobacco products
  • climate change
  • the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • food security, access to genetic resources, and biodiversity.

Theme leaders: Professor Matthew Rimmer, Mrs Anne Matthew & Dr Rowena Maguire

Intellectual property

We consider how well intellectual property law works for the people it purports to regulate: creators, inventors, intermediaries, companies, and users.

Our research includes:

  • copyright law and creative communities
  • trademark law and consumer rights
  • new challenges in patent law
  • intermediary liability
  • Indigenous intellectual property
  • trade secrets.

Theme leader: Dr Kylie Pappalardo

Privacy, free speech and human rights

We explore freedom of speech, privacy and human rights in a digital age.

Our work includes research on:

  • human rights obligations of platforms
  • privacy, surveillance and encryption
  • pathways to ethical data.

Theme leaders: Dr Monique Mann, Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor & Associate Professor Mark Burdon

Innovation law and policy

We explore the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies. Our research cuts across a variety of areas of law including sector-specific regulation, intellectual property law, competition, human rights and criminal law.

Areas of interest include:

  • 3D printing regulation
  • self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles
  • robotics and artificial intelligence
  • biometrics and surveillance technologies
  • the life sciences
  • Bitcoin, blockchain, and financial technologies.

Theme leader: Professor Kieran Tranter (from 2019), Dr Monique Mann & Professor Matthew Rimmer

Access to knowledge and culture

We study models for the production, distribution, and stewardship of information that can help ensure that all people have access to the wealth of human knowledge and the capabilities to participate in culture.

Our research focuses on:

  • open access publishing
  • open education
  • open data
  • open innovation.

Theme leader: Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

Study our innovative program, offered jointly with the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


Challenge yourself and make a significant contribution to knowledge in your field. Be inspired to collaborate and innovate.

Our publications

Access our publications on intellectual property law, innovation law, and international trade law.

Our researchers

Our researchers collaborate with other intellectual property and cross-disciplinary experts to achieve cutting-edge research outcomes.

News and events

22 Oct 2018

3D printing shakes up intellectual property rights

The emerging trend in 3D printing of products has resulted in a massive spike in patents being classified, according to QUT researchers.

17 Oct 2018

What next for mega trade deals? Australian Senate passes Pacific Trade Deal

QUT's leading legal expert on the Trans Pacific Partnership says the deal has profound impacts for Australia but warns settlement of cross-border disputes by an international tribunal remains controversial. 

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