QUT Media

6th May 2021

QUT leading law expert Professor Matthew Rimmer says today’s announcement by the US to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines is an “an important corrective to vaccine nationalism and corporate profiteering”.

Professor Rimmer, who has two decades’ experience on the legalities of intellectual property and access to essential medicines, said the US decision should help break a deadlock in the World Trade Organisation and put pressure on Australia to reconsider its position.

The United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai announced this morning the Biden-Harris Administration supported waiving intellectual property protection in respect of…


Remaking the Maker Movement

QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Session 5 — International Makerspaces (4:00 pm — 5:00 pm)

4:00 pm — 4:20 pm

Institutionalisation and Informal Innovation in South African Maker Communities

Dr Chris Armstrong, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg; University of Ottawa; and Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network

Abstract

This presentation explores the current modalities at play in respect of institutionalisation and informal innovation in maker communities in South Africa. Research in 2016–18…


Remaking the Maker Movement

QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Session 4 — Makerspaces and the Law (3:00 pm — 4:00 pm)

3:00–3:20 pm

The Role and Patent Infringement Liability of Fab Labs and Community Makerspaces in COVID-19 Response

Dr Muhammad Zaheer Abbas, QUT

Abstract

The rapid spread of COVID-19 created an unprecedented demand for critical medical equipment. 3D printing is uniquely well-positioned to support the shortage of critical medical devices in a health emergency by enabling customization and…


Remaking the Maker Movement

QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Session 3 — Community Makerspaces (1:30 pm — 2:30 pm)

1:30 pm — 1:50 pm

Tool Libraries: Innovation Hubs for Economic Degrowth

Sabrina Chakori, Brisbane Tool Library Inc.

Abstract

Founded in 2017 by Sabrina Chakori, the Brisbane Tool Library enables people to borrow tools, camping and sports gear, party appliances and other equipment saved from landfill. The Brisbane Tool Library work aims to build a degrowth (postgrowth) economy, by creating sustainable communities through…


Remaking the Maker Movement

QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Session 2 — Scientific Makerspaces (11:30 am — 11:50 am)

11:30 am — 11:50 am

Soft Matter Materials Laboratory

Dr Sarah Walden, QUT

Abstract

3D printing is a ubiquitous fabrication method in advanced manufacturing. Whilst many methods of 3D printing have been developed, light-based techniques are particularly attractive due to the spatio-temporal control and high precision in the delivered energy. …


Remaking the Maker Movement

QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

Session 1 — University Makerspaces (10:00 am — 11:00 am)

10:00 am — 10:20 am

Drivers for Entrepreneurship and Creativity at University

Professor Rowena Barrett, Executive Director, QUT Entrepreneurship

Abstract

In this presentation Rowena will outline the ways in which QUT invests in entrepreneurial action. She will explain what entrepreneurship is and how it amplifies discipline learning. …


QUT Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Z1064, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block

QUT Gardens Point Campus

OVERVIEW

This event will focus on the role of innovation spaces — such as makerspaces, Fab Labs, hackerspaces, TechShop, and innovation hubs, incubators, and accelerators. This workshop will consider the evolution, growth, and transformation of innovation spaces. It will consider the demise of TechShop, the evolution of Fab Labs, as well as the reconstitution of the Maker Movement.

This event will consider how such innovation spaces manage intellectual property — including copyright, trade marks…


QUT Media, 11 November 2020

11th November 2020

A multi-stranded strategy is needed to reach the lofty goal of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE), says a chief investigator and co-director of the project’s legal dimension, QUT Professor Matthew Rimmer.

  • Ending the tobacco industry will take a mix of strategies
  • Successful legal strategies from around the world considered
  • Australia has led the way with plain packaging and won court cases against it
  • Court upheld tobacco ban in South Africa to cut smokers’ COVID risk

Professor Rimmer co-authored the influential 2008 paper The Case for…


Law Futures Centre Forum: Can we fix it? A Right to Repair for Australia?

  • Time 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Date Wednesday 5 February 2020
  • Location QCA (S05) 2.04 | South Bank campus

About the forum

From phones and fitbits to fridges and cars, consumers are buying more and more ‘smart’ consumer goods. Yet by denying consumers the ability to repair these goods, manufacturers of ‘smart’ goods are challenging, and even undermining, the very notion of physical ownership. More broadly too, the (in)ability to repair ‘smart’ consumer goods is contributing to the increasing problem of product obsolescence and e-waste which is inhibiting Australia’s environmental sustainability.

Globally, there has been a groundswell of support…


Research Symposium

5 September 2017

Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

Please join members of the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program for a half-day workshop.

This event is a research workshop focused upon the role of corporations in respect of climate change. The various speakers will consider how managers and corporations interpret and respond to the climate crisis. Professor Christopher Wright from the University of Sydney will give a keynote speech on the ‘Climate Crisis, Corporate Imaginaries and Creative Self-Destruction’. …

Matthew Rimmer

Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, QUT. #Copyright #Patent #Trademark #plainpacks #Access2meds #SDGs #Climate #IndigenousIP #trade #TPP

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