4th September 2018

The world is lagging behind in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and key among the goals is SDG9 – the innovation goal – because it has an impact on those for sustainable water, sanitation, and food security to name a few.

Intellectual property and innovation researchers will meet on Thursday, September 6 at QUT to share their knowledge and foster interdisciplinary research.

Keynote speaker Professor Sara Bannerman from Canada’s McMaster University will discuss the ways in which the global intellectual property system is engaged in the sustainable development agenda.

Professor Bannerman will examine key differences between the development and sustainable development agendas and their significance in international intellectual property.

QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Professor Matthew Rimmer said the speakers from QUT, UQ and Griffith universities will provide a systematic investigation of the linkages between IP and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“It will cover issues such as access to knowledge, public health, access to clean energy and climate change and the global economy,” he said.

“We will focus particularly on global issues within the remit of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’ s Development Agenda."

The speakers will address:

  • Open access, equity and the SDG
  • The benefits of job automation are not likely to be shared equally
  • Innovation with a purpose: can technology innovation revolutionise health and wellbeing?
  • Plants, patents and power, Terminalia ferdinandiana, IP and the empowerment of women in Australia.
  • The myths and complexities of community seed banks
  • The Tesla battery: energy justice or just business as usual?

The Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Symposium is held this Thursday, 6 September, from 8.20am to 5pm in the OJW Room on Level 12 of S Block on QUT Gardens Point Campus.

It is part of the research theme of international trade and sustainable development at the QUT IP and Innovation Law Research Program.

Register here for this free event.

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