Professor Matthew Rimmer

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Doctor of Philosophy in Law (University of New South Wales)

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Business and 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. He is undertaking research on intellectual property and 3D printing; 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 ePrintsSSRN AbstractsBepress Selected Works, and Open Science Framework.

Rimmer is a chief investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) (2020-2025). He is a co-director of the legal project of the research network. Rimmer is a researcher and commentator on the topic of intellectual property, public health, and tobacco control. He is the co-author of the influential article ‘The Case for the Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products‘ (2008), which has been a high impact piece of research and public policy in Australia and the world. Rimmer has undertaken research on intellectual property and the plain packaging of tobacco products, and given evidence to an Australian parliamentary inquiry on the topic. He has edited a special issue of the QUT Law Review on the topic, The Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products (2017). Rimmer has considered the development and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 2003. He has been an advocate of tobacco control measures – such as tobacco advertising bans, graphic health warnings, plain packaging of tobacco products, tobacco divestment, and tobacco endgame strategies.

Over the past two decades, Rimmer has investigated intellectual property and access to medicines in a range of contexts. He has considered conflicts in relation to HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases such as cancer, the SARS virus, avian influenza, ebola, and the coronavirus COVID-19. Rimmer is a co-editor of a collection on access to medicines entitled Incentives for Global Public Health: Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2010). The work considers the intersection between international law, public law, and intellectual property law, and highlights a number of new policy alternatives – such as medical innovation prizes, the Health Impact Fund, patent pools, open source drug discovery, and the philanthropic work of the (Red) Campaign, the Gates Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation. Rimmer is also a co-editor of Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies: The New Biology (Edward Elgar, 2012). Rimmer has undertaken extensive research on intellectual property and access to essential medicines. He has written about the Race to Patent the SARS Virus (Melbourne Journal of International Law, 2004). Rimmer has analysed Canada’s pioneering regime for the export of pharmaceutical drugs (Public Health Ethics, 2008). He has also evaluated the system for priority review vouchers (WIPO Journal, 2012). Rimmer has also considered the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on access to essential medicines (IP Journal, 2017). Rimmer has been providing expert commentary on intellectual property, access to essential medicines, and the coronavirus COVID-19.

Rimmer has undertaken a range of research work and public policy engagement on the relationship between intellectual property, international trade, and globalisation. He has investigated the TRIPS Agreement 1994, and considered its implications for various global issues – such as technology transfer, food security, public health, and climate change. Rimmer has undertaken extensive analysis of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement 2004 – particularly focusing upon its impact upon the duration of the copyright term, and the evergreening of pharmaceutical drugs. He has also considered other bilateral trade agreements – such as the Chile-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Rimmer was a critic of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement 2011. Rimmer has written extensively about the various iterations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between intellectual property and investor-state dispute settlement. He has published a research monograph on  The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim (Edward Elgar, 2020). Rimmer has also been exploring other mega-regional trade agreements – such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement 2020, and the Trade in Services Agreement.

Rimmer was a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on ‘Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing’ (2017-2021). This project aimed to provide guidance for industry and policy-makers about intellectual property, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and innovation policy. It will considered the evolution of 3D printing, and examined its implications for the creative industries, branding and marketing, manufacturing and robotics, clean technologies, health-care and the digital economy. The project examined how 3D printing disrupts copyright law, designs law, trade mark law, patent law and confidential information. The project provided practical advice about intellectual property management and commercialisation, and boost Australia’s capacity in advanced manufacturing and materials science. Along with Dinusha Mendis and Mark Lemley, Rimmer is the editor of the collection, 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2019). He has been engaged in fieldwork on makerspaces, fab labs, tech shops, Maker Faires, hackerspaces, innovation centres, hubs and accelerators; and has been conducting interviews with members of the Maker Movement.

Rimmer has also a research interest in Indigenous intellectual property and traditional knowledge. He has written about the misappropriation of Indigenous art, the right of resale, Indigenous performers’ rights, authenticity marks, biopiracy, and population genetics. Rimmer is the editor of the collection, Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, 2015). He has focused upon the adoption and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007. Rimmer has participated in inquiries into the right of resale, inauthentic art, and the design of the Aboriginal Flag.

Rimmer was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, working on Intellectual Property and Climate Change from 2011 to 2015. He is the author of a monograph, Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies (Edward Elgar, September 2011). This book charts the patent landscapes and legal conflicts emerging in a range of fields of innovation – including renewable forms of energy, such as solar power, wind power, and geothermal energy; as well as biofuels, green chemistry, green vehicles, energy efficiency, and smart grids. As well as reviewing key international treaties, this book provides a detailed analysis of current trends in patent policy and administration in key nation states, and offers clear recommendations for law reform. It considers such options as technology transfer, compulsory licensing, public sector licensing, and patent pools; and analyses the development of Climate Innovation Centres, the Eco-Patent Commons, and environmental prizes, such as the L-Prize, the H-Prize, and the X-Prizes. Rimmer is the editor of the collection, Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (Springer, 2018). He is currently working on a manuscript, looking at green branding, trade mark law, and environmental activism. Rimmer is interested in the implementation of the Paris Agreement 2015 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015.

Rimmer is the author of Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions (Edward Elgar, 2008). This book documents and evaluates the dramatic expansion of intellectual property law to accommodate various forms of biotechnology from micro-organisms, plants, and animals to human genes and stem cells. It makes a unique theoretical contribution to the controversial public debate over the commercialisation of biological inventions. Rimmer also edited the thematic issue of Law in Context, entitled Patent Law and Biological Inventions (Federation Press, 2006).  Rimmer was also a chief investigator in an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Gene Patents In Australia: Options For Reform’ (2003-2005), an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, ‘The Protection of Botanical Inventions (2003), and an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Promoting Plant Innovation in Australia’ (2009-2011). Rimmer has participated in inquiries into plant breeders’ rights, gene patents, and access to genetic resources.

Rimmer is the author of Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod (Edward Elgar, 2007). With a focus on recent US copyright law, the book charts the consumer rebellion against the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 1998 (US) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US). Rimmer explores the significance of key judicial rulings and considers legal controversies over new technologies, such as the iPod, TiVo, Sony Playstation II, Google Book Search, and peer-to-peer networks. The book also highlights cultural developments, such as the emergence of digital sampling and mash-ups, the construction of the BBC Creative Archive, and the evolution of the Creative Commons. Rimmer has also participated in a number of policy debates over Film Directors’ copyright, the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement 2004, the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 (Cth), the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement 2011, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has been an advocate for Fair IT Pricing in Australia.

Rimmer is a chief investigator, and co-director of the legal program in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) (2020-2025) – a transnational research network. Rimmer is a member of the QUT Centre for the Digital Economy – which is part of 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 (which is based in the Institute for Future Environments). Rimmer was previously the leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program from 2015-2020 (QUT IPIL).

Dr Matthew Rimmer holds a BA (Hons) and a University Medal in literature (1995), and a LLB (Hons) (1997) from the Australian National University. He received a PhD in law from the University of New South Wales for his dissertation on The Pirate Bazaar: The Social Life of Copyright Law (1998-2001). Dr Matthew Rimmer was a lecturer, senior lecturer, and an associate professor at the ANU College of Law, and a research fellow and an associate director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) (2001 to 2015). He was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, working on Intellectual Property and Climate Change from 2011 to 2015. He was a member of the ANU Climate Change Institute.

Rimmer has supervised nine students who have completed Higher Degree Research projects on the topics, Secret Business and Business Secrets: The Hindmarsh Island Affair, Information Law, and the Public Sphere (2007); Intellectual Property and Applied Philosophy (2010); The Pharmacy of the Developing World: Indian Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (2012); Marine Bioprospecting: International Law, Indonesia and Sustainable Development (2014); Social Media Policies and Work: Reconciling Personal Autonomy Interests and Employer Risk (2017), copyright law and musical sampling (2017), True Tracks: Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Principles for putting Self-Determination into Practice (2019), Community-Based Patent Opposition Model in India (2020), and The Theft of Culture and Inauthentic Art and Craft Products: Australian Consumer Law, and Indigenous Intellectual Property (2020). He is currently supervising a post-doctoral researcher working on intellectual property and 3D printing in the context of the coronavirus public health crisis.


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814. Anastasiia Kyrylenko, ‘Book Review: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim’, The IPKat, 4 June 2021,

813. Marlene Even, ‘New Zealand’s 2025 Smokefree Goal’, 2Ser 107.3, 2 June 2021,

812. Niki Widdowson, ‘“Commit to Quit” on World No Tobacco Day’, QUT Media, 31 May 2021,

811. Ian Woolf, ‘The TRIPS Waiver and COVID-19 Vaccines’, Diffusion Radio, May 2021.

810. Marlene Even, ‘3D Printing Hearts, Ears and Skin’, 2SER 107.3, 28 May 2021, iTunes, and

809. Debra Nowland, ‘Law Expert Says Historic Waiver for COVID-19 Crisis Can Save Lives’, QUT Media, 6 May 2021,

808. Anna Vidot, ‘President Joe Biden’s Decision on the TRIPS Waiver and COVID-19 Vaccines’, ABC Canberra, 6 May 2021, 4:09 pm, 11 mins 38 secs.

807. Rebecca Livingstone, ‘COVID-19 and Social Stigma: Ethical Journalism and Social Media’, ABC Brisbane, 6 May 2021, 8:35 am, 9 mins.

806. Matilda Boseley, ‘Women’s March 4 Justice’, The Guardian, 15 March 2021,

805. Patrick Lenton, ‘The Most Powerful Signs From Today’s March 4 Justice Protests Around Australia’, Junkee, 15 March 2021,

804. Ketan Joshi, ‘Coal Mines are the Engines of Climate Change’, Renew Economy, 3 March 2021,

803. Sam Knight, ‘Biden’s Agriculture Nominee Could Bring Us Back Into Trans-Pacific Partnership’, Truth Out, 21 February 2021,


802. Niki Widdowson, ‘Legal Avenues to Tobacco Endgame Goal’, QUT Media, 11 November 2020,

801. Elizabeth Daoud, ‘Cigarettes on prescription flagged as part of bold new anti-smoking plan’, 7 News, 13 October 2020,

800. University of Queensland, ‘Endgame: Centre Hopes to Stamp Out Smoking in Australia’, Press Release’, 12 October 2020,

799.   Clint Jasper, ‘Australia’s cattle industry chalks up another loss in bid to overturn US-controlled cattle genome patent’, ABC Rural, 11 October 2020,

798. Camille Caldera and Miriam Fauzia, ‘Fact Check: “Plandemic II” Alleges False Conspiracy Theory Involving CDC, NIH – Pandemic Not Planned’, USA Today, 23 August 2020,

797. Nhx Tingson, ‘Fact-Check: Plandemic Indoctrination Video and The Truth Behind the Conspiracy Movie Claims’, Tech Times, 19 August 2020,

796. Dan Ilic, ‘Climate Case Ireland’, A Rational Fear, 7 August 2020, and

795. Niki Widdowson, ‘COVID-19 Challenges Copyright Law and Library Lending’, QUT Media, 9 July 2020,

794.  Damien Carrick, ‘US Online Library Sued for IP Breaches’, The Law Report, Radio National, ABC News, 7 July 2020,

793. Grant McArthur and Josh Fagan, ‘Vaccine hopes grow but big hurdles exist outside the lab’, Herald Sun, 4 July 2020, 

792. Norman Swan, ‘How do we prevent vaccine nationalism?’, RN Breakfast, Radio National, ABC News, 26 June 2020,

How do we prevent vaccine nationalism?
As the COVID-19 count continues to soar across the globe, scientists are rushing to develop a vaccine. But there’s growing concern that the US will take an “America First” approach to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, potentially shutting out other nations.

791. Katherine Feeney, ‘Australian Government proposes strengthening its stance against e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine’, ABC Brisbane, 25 June 2020, and

790. Niki Widdowson, ‘Race Around the World For COVID-19 Vaccines’, QUT News, 24 June 2020,

789. Samantha Dick, ‘NSW Police defends pepper spraying Sydney Anti-Racism Protestors’, New Daily, 8 June 2020,

788. Brooke Rolfe, ‘Police Criticised for using pepper spray on protestors in train station’, Yahoo News Australia, 7 June 2020,

787. Dzintars Gotham, ‘Response to Response to Lopert R, Welch C “A US-UK trade agreement negotiation needn’t be a laydown misère”’, BMJ, 2 June 2020,

786. Dzintars Gotham, Melissa Barber, and Andrew Hill, ‘How a US-UK trade agreement could affect NHS drug prices’, BMJ 2020; 369 doi: 1 June 2020,

785. Mike Simpson, ‘Open letter warns weak environmental laws endanger us all’, Times Australian, 25 May 2020,

784. Katherine Feeney, ‘COVID-19, Intellectual Property and Access To Medicines’, ABC Brisbane, 5 May 2020, starts at 53.58 The interview discusses Scott Morrison MP’s pledge for the coronavirus global response – ‘This is a great shared project by the peoples of the world with a clear purpose: to find that vaccine for COVID-19. A safe vaccine, available to all, affordable to all.’

783. Kashvi Shetty, ‘COVID-19 Vaccine: A Global Call for Equitable Access to Medicines’, LSE, 29 April 2020,

782. Damien Hurst, ‘Government officials who allegedly distributed Malcolm Turnbull’s book face legal action’, The Guardian, 20 April 2020,

781. Brook Baker, ‘Rationale for Supporting Costa Rica’s Proposal for Emergency COVID-19 Technology IP Pool for All Countries’, InfoJustice, 25 March 2020,

780. Kathryn Robinson, ‘Led Zeppelin has won a copyright dispute after a US appeals court ruled they didn’t steal the opening riff in Stairway to Heaven’, ABC News, 10 March 2020, TV

ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Hour at 17:44
10 Mar 2020 5:44 PM
Interview with Matthew Rimmer, Qld University of Technology. Robinson says Led Zeppelin has won a copyright dispute after a US appeals court ruled they didn’t steal the opening riff in Stairway to Heaven. Rimmer states the court said that there wasn’t substantial copying of the earlier work. He adds the Blurred Lines decision has led to a lot of concern that there will be an avalanche of copyright infringement over musical works, particularly commercially-valuable works. He notes in Australia, Clive Palmer is being sued over one of his political ads for copying a Twisted Sister song.

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779. Jemima Burt, ‘Non-Indigenous Business Fails in Bid to Trademark Aboriginal Bush Medicine’, ABC Capricornia, 24 January 2020, and Jemima Burt, ‘Indigenous Language: Ghungalu Community Wins IP Case’, ABC AM, 24 January 2020, This story was also distributed on the ABC TV News in Brisbane, and Sydney. This story was also disseminated on ABC Radio in Canberra, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, and elsewhere around Australia.


778. Paul Durton, ‘Universal Music v. Clive Palmer’, ABC Newcastle, 4 December 2019,

777. Hershal Pandya, ‘Danger Mouse is Rap’s Great “What If?” Producer’, DJBooth, 28 October 2019,

776. Antony Funnell, ‘3D Printing and the Plateau of Productivity’, Future Tense, ABC Radio National, 22 September 2019,

775. Katherine Feeney, ‘The Regulation of e-Cigarettes and Vaping, and the Tobacco Epidemic in the Asia-Pacific’, ABC Brisbane, 17 September 2019,

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Interview with QUT Faculty of Law Dr Matthew Rimmer. Feeney says around 1% of Australians say they used electronic cigarettes three years ago but it is much more common now. She says the contents inside the cartridges used to vape vary and can include cannabis products that have been linked to deaths in the US. Rimmer says there is a raging debate in Australia about the regulation of e-cigarettes. He says Health Minister Greg Hunt has emphasised that he is steadfast in his opposition to e-cigarettes but Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson have been pushing for e-cigarette deregulation. He adds the World Health Organization has been very concerned e-cigarettes have been promoted by big tobacco as an alternative to cigarettes. Rimmer says the ACCC has taken action against many cigarette companies for making misleading health claims. He says many things are happening in other countries that might signal a shift towards the treatment of tobacco and cigarettes in Southeast Asia. Feeney notes Rimmer will be presenting a talk about tobacco through the Asia Pacific.

774. Nick Baker, ‘“Beyond Time for Action”: Australian Farmers Call for Climate Change Plan’, SBS News, 16 September 2019,

773. Creative Commons Australia, ‘CC Global Summit 2019 Lisbon, Portugal’, 13 August 2019,

772. Paul Donoughue, ‘Katy Perry’s Dark Horse Copyright Lawsuit Loss Raises More Questions about what Constitutes Original Music’, ABC News, 3 August 2019, Also published under titles, ‘Is Kart Perry a Cheat? The Lines are Blurred When It Comes to Pop Music’, ‘Katy Perry Cops a $3m Bill in Another Confounding Music Copyright Case’. Also published on Australia Network News.

771. Triskele, ‘Extinction Crisis: Director of National Parks Slammed by Audit Amid Decade Funding Squeeze’,, 14 July 2019,

770. Matt Webber, ‘3D Printing Guns’, ABC Gold Coast Radio, 25 July 2019,

Pre-recorded interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, QUT, regarding the regulation into 3D printing.

By Matt Webber

ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive at 16:33
25 Jul 2019 4:33 PM
Pre-recorded interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, QUT, regarding the regulation into 3D printing. Webber reports 3D printed weapons are prompting authorities to discuss legislation regarding the printer’s use. Rimmer says there are concerns 3D printed guns could have a disastrous effect on the community, citing such weapons can pass through metal detectors; however, there are some who say such concerns are overblown. He mentions Defense Distributed, a US company that distributes blueprints for 3D printing guns, has been challenged in court regarding its work with the government winning the lawsuit and appeals. Rimmer then says Australia had a Parliamentary inquiry into minimising gun violence in the country with one of its recommendations being the regulation of 3D printed weapons. He enumerates court cases in Australia involving 3D printed guns.

769. Fiona Wyllie, ‘The Namatjira Project: Copyright Law, Traditional Knowledge, and Indigenous Intellectual Property’, Statewide Drive, ABC, 1 July 2019, (at 1:45)

768. Antony Funnell, ‘The Future of the EU Copyright Directive – Implementation and Opposition’, Future Tense, ABC Radio National, 30 June 2019,

767. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt, ‘An $80 Million Water Leak’, Independent Australia, 22 April 2019,,12603

766. Niki Widdowson, ‘The Future of Trade is Digital’, QUT Media, 8 April 2019,

765. Velvet Winter, ‘The EU’s Online Copyright Laws Won’t Come After Memes, But Danger Still Lurks’, SBS News, 27 March 2019,

764. Niki Widdowson, ‘Environmental Law from the Ground Up’, QUT Media, 13 February 2019,

763. Peter Hannam, ‘‘Dire Consequences’: Court’s Mine Rejection Sets a Climate Precedent’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2019, Also republished in The Age, The Brisbane Times and WA Today.

762. Lucy Stone, ‘’Flawed’ privacy in Queensland Health’s Electronic Medical Record, says expert’, The Brisbane Times, 1 February 2019, Also republished in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and WA Today.

761. Josh Butler, ‘Brexit Could Make Your UK Holiday More Expensive’, Ten Daily, 16 January 2019,


760. Catherine Saez, ‘Indigenous IP And Climate Change Subject Of New Book’, IP Watch, 12 December 2018,

759. Nicola Berkovic, ‘Encryption Laws Expose “Issues”’, The Australian, 7 December 2018,

758. ‘Pirate Party is Still Shocked and Puzzled that the Recent Site Blocking Bill Has Been passed by all Australian Major Parties’, MySunshineCoast, 5 December 2018,,57563

757. Cory Doctorow, ‘We Don’t Know How Much Village Roadshow Paid to Buy Australia’s New Censoring Copyright Law’, Boing Boing, 2 December 2018,

756. Peter Hannam, ‘“New Weapon”: Courts Offer Hope for Driving Serious Climate Action’, WA Today, Brisbane Times, The Age, and the Sydney Morning Herald, 1 December 2018, Peter Hannam, ‘Courting for Climate Change’, Sun Herald and ‘The Courting of Calamity’ Sunday Age (Fairfax), 2 December 2018 (paper version). See also Peter Hannam, ‘ACT Seeks Climate Litigation Advice As Court Action Gathers Momentum’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2018,

755. Christopher Knaus, ‘Village Roadshow Donates Millions to Major Parties While Lobbying On Piracy: Contributions Appear to Peak Down Major Copyright and Piracy Debates’, The Guardian, 1 December 2018, Republished by Yahoo India!

754. Nitish Singh, ‘Senate in Australia Approves Controversial Anti-Piracy Law Despite Controversy’, TechNadu, 27 November 2018,

753. George Roberts, ‘Apple grilled by US Supreme Court over alleged monopolism’, ABC News, 27 November 2018

752. Rohan Pearce, ‘Inquiry into New Anti-Pirate Laws Doesn’t Bother with Hearings’, Computerworld Australia, 27 November 2018,

751. Nitish Singh, ‘Australian Government Asked to Repeal Site-Blocking Laws by Copyright Law Professor’, TechNadu, 26 November 2018,

750. Ernesto, ‘Copyright Law Professor Urges Australia to Repeal Site-Blocking Laws’, TorrentFreak, 26 November 2018,

749. Niki Widdowson, ‘Climate Litigation Heats Up Globally’, QUT Media, 26 November 2018, Republished Australia’s Science Channel and Scimex

748. Cheyne Anderson, ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’, Think Health, 2SER, 21 November 2018, and

747. Emily Watkins, ‘Could the Daily Mail be Sued for Breach of Copyright?’, Crikey News, 1 November 2018,

746. Paul Donoughue, ‘Prince’s Estate Wants to Trademark Purple, The Colour Synonymous with the Late Pop Singer’, ABC News, 30 October 2018,

745. Alana Mitchelson, ‘Big Tobacco Targets Teens with “Disturbing” Flavoured Cigarettes’, The New Daily, 29 October 2018,

744. Debra Nowland, ‘3D Printing Shakes Up Intellectual Property Rights’, QUT Media, 22 October 2018,

743. Anna Vidot, ‘The Passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership through the Australian Parliament’, ABC Canberra, 18 October 2018, (at 43:30)

742. Debra Nowland, ‘What Next For Mega Trade Deals? Australian Senate Passes Pacific Trade Deal’, QUT Media, 17 October 2018,

741. Niki Widdowson, ‘How IP Supports UN Sustainable Development Goals: Symposium’, QUT Media, 4 September 2018, Republished by Mirage News

740. Ian Lopez, ‘Prosecuting Print Crime: Lemley on How the Law is Bracing for the 3-D “Maker Movement”’, The Recorder, 8 August 2018,

739. QUT, ‘QUT representatives appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Indigenous Affairs’, QUT Faculty of Law, 2 August 2018,

738. Alison Brown, ‘Bubbles and Trouble Ahead for Australian Makers of Prosecco’, The Brisbane Times, 2 August 2018, Reproduced in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, and WA Today.

737. Will Ziebell, ‘The Big Issue: Copyright or Wrong?’ The Crafty Pint, 2 August 2018,

736. ‘Call for Inquiry into Cricket Australia’s Sacking of Angela Williamson’, ABC Hobart, 31 July 2018, TV/radio

735. Niki Widdowson, ‘Prosecco Wars: An Aperitif for New Australia-EU Trade Talks’, QUT Media, 24 July 2018, Republished on InfoJustice

734. Alex Bruce-Smith, ‘How Dangerous Are 3D Printed Guns For Australia?’ Ten Daily, 20 July 2018,

733. Daniel Herborn, ‘WTO Vindicates Australia on Plain Packaging for Cigarettes’, CEO Magazine, 29 June 2018,

732. Tamara Oudyn, ‘Australia Wins Plain Packaging Dispute in the WTO’, ABC News TV, 29 June 2018,

Interview with Qld University of Technology Professor Matthew Rimmer. Oudyn states Australia has won a clear victory in a major trade dispute over its pioneering tobacco packaging law, with the World Trade Organisation rejecting arguments brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Rimmer discusses the importance of the legal decision, saying Australia’s plain packaging of tobacco products had been previously defended in the High Court of Australia and in an investment tribunal. He says a number of other countries have followed Australia’s lead, such as Ireland, the UK, France, New Zealand and Canada. Rimmer believes Big Tobacco will be thunderstruck by the ruling, saying it has been unsuccessful in its attempts to derail Nicola Roxon’s pioneering plain packaging of tobacco products [law].

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731. Steve Austin, ‘The Vinyl Revival’, ABC Brisbane, 22 June 2018, and

730. Michael West, ‘Global Lawmakers Should Follow Australia’s Lead on Cigarette Packaging’,, 4 June 2018,

729. Michelle McMahon, ‘Stomp out Smoking with Global Plain Packaging’, QUT Media, 30 May 2018,

728. Jennie Rose Halperin, ‘“Build the Commons, So It Is Better for All”: CC Global Summit’, Creative Commons, 1 May 2018,

727. Humans of the Commons, ‘Interview with Matthew Rimmer’, Soundcloud, 15 April 2018 See also ‘Interview with Nicolas Suzor’ and ‘Interview with Jessica Stevens’

726. Sharon Smith, ‘Outlook is bright for Aussie 3D Printing Stocks if They Can Win Patents’, Stockhead, 28 March 2018,

725. Bruce Baer Arnold, ‘Australia should steer clear of the sanction fight between the US and China’, The Conversation, 26 March 2018, and

724. Marlina Whop, ‘There’s Outrage Over Plans to Mine Facebook Data from gold Coast Visitors’, 7 News Brisbane, 21 March 2018, and

723. Scimex, ‘Expert Reaction: Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona’, Press Release, 20 March 2018,,-arizona

722. Tushita Dogra, ‘India: Pharmaceutical Patents A Threat to India’s Drug Industry?’, Mondaq, 14 March 2018,

721. Fran Kelly (Presenter) and Stephanie Smail (Producer), ‘DIY Genetic Testing Kits Raise Data Security Concerns’, ABC Radio National, 28 February 2018, Also published as Stephanie Smail, ‘DIY genetic testing can unveil the mystery of your ancestry — but what happens to your data?’, ABC News, 28 February 2018,

720. Sarah Howells, ‘Intellectual Property, Agriculture, and Biotechnology – the Cattle Genetics Case’, ABC Gold Coast, Drive, 4:15 pm, 15 February 2018, and

719. Niki Widdowson, ‘The Cabinet Files’, QUT Media, 2 February 2018, and

718. Niki Widdowson, ‘Landmark Pokie case only the Beginning of Questions on Gambling Companies’ Legal Liability’, QUT Media, 2 February 2018, See

717. Karlin Lillington, ‘We all Must Do More Stop Online Abuse of Children and Adults, The Irish Times, 1 February 2018,

716. Chris Bath, ‘Meryl Streep applies to Trademark Her Own Name’, ABC News, 30 January 2018, and

715. Phillip Adams, ‘TPP Trade Deal Survives Near Death Experience’, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, 25 January 2018,

714. Paul Donoughue, ‘Cory Bernardi Wants to Use An Artist’s Work, But Does the Artist Have Any Say?’, Double J, ABC News, 19 January 2018,


713. Sara Custer, ‘Is Net Neutrality Key to Academic Freedom and Wider Access?’, Times Higher Education, 19 December 2017,

712. Mark Rourke, ‘Net Neutrality’, 2NURFM, 29 November 2017.

711. ‘Net neutrality: The digital landscape set to change as the US moves to overturn regulations’, ABC News, 22 November 2017,

710. Thomas Oriti with Dominique Schwartz, ‘The Copyright Agency Takes Action Against NSW Government’, ABC PM, 20 November 2017,

709. Finbarr Bermingham, ‘New Look TPP Moves Towards Conclusion, Without Trump’s America’, Global Trade Review, 13 November 2017,

708. Debra Nowland and Niki Widdowson, ‘Don’t Blame Canada: Justin Trudeau and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks at APEC’, QUT Media, 13 November 2017,

707. Isabella Dellerba, ‘Pour ses Ugg, l’Australie déterre la hache de guerre’, Le Monde, 29 October 2017,

706. Zoe Samios, ‘Kraft Singles and Kraft Peanut Butter to Return to Australia’, Mumbrella, 25 October 2017,

705. Ross and John, ‘The Huge Legal Battle in a New York Court over Peanut Butter’, 3AW693, 25 October 2017, and

704. Niki Widdowson, ‘Open Access Unlocks the Universe’, QUT Media, 24 October 2017,

703. Jacqueline Williams, ‘France has “Champagne,” Portugal has “Port.” Should Australia have “Uggs?”’, The New York Times, 6 October 2017,
Reprinted as ‘Fight Over Uggs Name Angers Australians’, The Straits Times, 9 October 2017, ‘What’s in an Ugg? Court battle brews over boots brand name’, The Toronto Star, 9 October 2017, and The New Daily, 9 October 2017,

702. Jessica Washington, ‘“This is About Life and Death: Pharmaceutical Patents Threaten India’s Generic Drug Industry’, ABC News, 28 September 2017,

701. Andrew West, ‘Pfizer granted patent on Pneumonia Vaccine in India’, Saturday Extra, ABC Radio National, 23 September 2017,

700. Louise Saunders, ‘Is Kudelka’s Cartoon the Tasmanian Version of Pepe the Frog?’, Drive, ABC Hobart, 18 September 2017,

699. Claire Nichols, ‘SA Exhibition Closed Over Appropriation of Indigenous Wandjinas’, ABC Books and Arts, Radio National, 8 September 2017.

698. Natalie Shoebridge, ‘The Social Media Loophole that means Your Content is Up For Grabs – Terms of Service’, Hit 105, 5 September 2017,

697. Michelle McMahon, ‘3D Printing Revolution for Us All: 3D Car Parts and Clothes by 2020?’, QUT Media, 28 August 2017,

696. Rachel Eddie, ‘Australians to be “Vigorously Pursued” for Legal Action over Illegal Downloads’, The New Daily, 22 August 2017,

695. Philip Ware, ‘Autonomous Killing Machines, Robocops and SexBots: Ethico-Legal Implications’, Stanwell, 21 August 2017,

694. Claire Connelly, ‘The Truth will not be Googled’, Renegade Inc., 20 August 2017, Reprinted on Zero Hedge.

693. Tony Moore, ‘Robots Could Guard Private Homes in the Future’, The Brisbane Times, 20 August 2017, Discussion of Robotronica Panel on Robocops. See also, Leeanne Enoch, ‘Robotics Festival Shows Us What the Future Looks Like’, Queensland Government, 20 August 2017, and Samuel Gibbs, ‘Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots’, The Guardian, 21 August 2017,

692. Trevor Long, ‘Pirates to be Stopped in their Tracks’, Talking Technology, Talking Lifestyle, 18 August 2017, See also Michaela Whitbourn, ‘Film Studios and Foxtel win Orders Blocking 59 Pirate Websites’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2017, Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited [2017] FCA 965 (Nicholas J) and Foxtel v TPG (2017) (orders)

691. Karen Milliner, ‘RoboCops in the Frontline: Robotronica Sorts Fact from Fiction’, QUT Media, 18 August 2017,

690. Niki Widdowson, ‘The Game of Thrones: Librarians Victorious in Fight for the Public in the Copyright Wars’, QUT Media, 26 July 2017,

689. Chris Bath, ‘Trademark Law, Bondi Beach, and Geographical Terms’, ABC Sydney Radio, 26 July 2017,

688. Rachel Eddie, ‘American Retailer Stops Sydney Business Trademarking “Bondi Beach”’, The New Daily, 26 July 2017, and

687. Nina Stevens, ‘The Trademark Battle of Bondi Beach’, 7 News Sydney, TV, 26 July 2017,

686. Jano Gibson, ‘Bondi Beach at centre of trademark tussle between Sydney Cosmetics company and Abercrombie & Fitch’, ABC News, 26 July 2017, and reprinted in ‘Sydney cosmetics company takes on US fashion giant over Bondi Beach trademark’, The New Daily, 26 July 2017, Also on ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Radio Adelaide, ABC Radio Melbourne, and ABC Radio Sydney.

685. Frances Bell, ‘Amazon v Glamazon Trademark Battle’, ABC News, and ABC Perth Radio, 24 June 2017, and

684. Christopher Sexton, ‘In Conversation with Professor Matthew Rimmer’ (2017) 109 Intellectual Property Forum 8-14 (June 2017),

683. ‘Game of Thrones: Foxtel Points Finger at HBO For Season Premiere Bungle’, ABC News, 18 July 2017,

682. David Coady and Sabra Lane, ‘Foxtel Streaming Services Fail Under Demand for Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere’, ABC AM, 18 July 2017, ABC Melbourne, and ABC Radio Canberra.

681. Simon Lauder, ‘Network Neutrality, the NBN, Broadband Discrimination, and the Data Drought’, ABC South East NSW, 17 July 2017.

680. Rachel Puppazoni, ‘Network Neutrality’, ABC News TV, 13 July 2017,

679. ‘What was the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality and Why Is It A Thing Again?’, ABC News, 13 July 2017,

678. Sam Varghese, ‘Protest against Move to Get Rid of Net Neutrality Law’, IT Wire, 13 July 2017,

677. ‘Donald Trump threatens Net Neutrality, says Academic’, Technology Decisions, 12 July 2017,

676. Amanda Weaver, ‘Save Net Neutrality to Save Freedom of Speech’, QUT Media, 12 July 2017,

675. Ginger Gorman, ‘Journalism Rip Off: Is it “Following Up,” Lifting or Straight Up Plagiarism?’, Mediashift, 28 June 2017,

674. Melissa Singer, ‘Turkish Label Les Benjamins Accused Of Misusing Indigenous Symbols in Paris Collection’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 2017, Also Melissa Singer, ‘Turkish Designer “Crosses Line” On Indigenous Art’, The Age, 26 June 2017. Also WA Times and Brisbane Times.

673. Phillip Adams, ‘Is Australia Net Neutral?’, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, 15 June 2017,

672. Clint Jasper, ‘Federal Court Finishes Hearing Legal Argument in Controversial Cattle Genome Case’, ABC Rural, 8 June 2017,

671. Niki Widdowson, ‘World No Tobacco Day – Global Tobacco Epidemic Threatens Sustainable Development’, QUT Media, 31 May 2017,

670. Elisabeth Moss, ‘UK Adopts Stricter Packaging Laws for Tobacco’, QUT News, 28 May 2017,

669. James Nurton, ‘Brands Under Threat: Plain Packaging Laws for Tobacco Products Could Spread Round the World’, Managing IP, 20 May 2017,

668. Anna Vidot, ‘Gene Patents, Agriculture, and Biotechnology’, ABC Landline, 20 May 2017,

667. Clint Jasper, ‘Legal Fight over Cattle Genome Underway in Melbourne’s Federal Court’, ABC Rural, 19 May 2017. TV version of this story, ABC National News, (Victoria), (Canberra),

666. ABC AM, ‘Australia’s Beef and Dairy Industries have spent this week in Court Fighting a Bid to Patent the Genetic Material of Cattle’, ABC Radio National, 19 May 2017, 8:320 AM, duration 6 mins 37 secs.

665. ‘Chanel Faces Criticism over Luxury Boomerang’, The New Zealand Herald, 18 May 2017.

664. Rowan Forster, ‘Fashion Label’s $2,000 Wood-and-Resin Boomerang Draws Ire of Joe Williams’, Wagga Daily Advertiser (Country NSW), 18 May 2017,

663. Patricia Karvelas, ‘Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon have Cornered Culture and What It Means for All of Us, with Jonathan Taplin and Matthew Rimmer’, ABC Radio National, 17 May 2017,

662. ‘Fashion Officially Loses the Plot with Latest “Hot” Accessory’, Fashion Starts at 60, 17 May 2017,

661. Daniel Uria, ‘Chanel Accused of Appropriating Aboriginal Culture with $1,325 Boomerang’, Upi, 16 May 2017,

660. Rob Shimshock, ‘Chanel Apologizes for Selling Boomerang Deemed Culturally Offensive’, The Daily Caller, 17 May 2017,

659. ABC, ‘Chanel’s $2,000 Boomerang Sparks Complaints and Confusion from Indigenous Australians’, ABC News, 16 May 2017,$2000-boomerang-sparks-aboriginal-appropriation-claim/8531496 Also published on Radio Australia International News, ABC Asia Pacific, Australia Network News, and MamaMia,

658. Cathy Bell, ‘The Chanel Boomerang and Indigenous Intellectual Property’, ABC News Radio, 16 May 2017.

657. Jonathan Pearlman, ‘Chanel’s 1,100 Pound Boomerang Branded a “New Level of Ignorance” for Appropriating Aboriginal Culture’, The Telegraph, 16 May 2017,

656. Jenna Clarke, ‘Chanel Regrets “Some May Have Felt Offended’ at New $1900 Boomerang’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 2017, Republished on The Brisbane Times,

655. Niki Widdowson, ‘Chanel Boomerang Flies in the Face of Indigenous Intellectual Property’, QUT Media, 16 May 2017,

654. Johnny Lieu, ‘Chanel’s Very Expensive Boomerang is Everything That is Wrong with the World’, Mashable, 16 May 2017,

653. Shaun Tan, ‘Leaked WTO Decision Shakes Tobacco Industry’, Managing Intellectual Property, 15 May 2017,

652. Marisa Kuhlewein, ‘The World Trade Organization set to Back Australia’s Strict Laws on Plain Tobacco Packaging’, QUT News, 8 May 2017,

651. Niki Widdowson, ‘WTO Ruling Could Light the Way to a Tobacco-Free Future’, QUT Media, 5 May 2017,

650. David Coady, ‘Australia’s Patent System Could Create Roadblocks for Driverless Cars’, ABC PM, 3 May 2017, and

649. Niki Widdowson, ‘Road Wars: Intellectual Property, Driverless Cars and Knight Riders’, QUT Media, 3 May 2017,

648. Melissa Singer, ‘Bee Sting: Wittner Shoes Agrees to Stop Selling “Copied” Knot Sneaker Online’, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today, 27 April 2017,

647. Niki Widdowson, ‘New Copyright Bill Promotes Access to Knowledge’, QUT Media, 4 April 2017,

646. ‘Campaigners Slam “Corporate Courts’ After $US500m lawsuit’, Sputnick News Service, 24 March 2017.

645. Niki Widdowson, ‘Australia Must Take Strong Interest in Regional Trade Agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership #RCEP’, QUT Media, 27 February 2017,

644. Greg Dunlop, ‘The Bruising Clash over a Facebook Live Stream’, BBC News, 10 February 2017,

643. Kelly Higgins-Devine, ‘Gattaca: Privacy, Genetic Discrimination, and Biotech Patents’, ABC Radio Brisbane, 6 February 2017, and

642. Jacob Saulwick, ‘Anthony Mundine v Danny Green: Man Streams Fight Through Facebook Page’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 2017, Republished by The Age, The Brisbane Times, and WA Today.

641. James O’Neill, ‘’Turnbull, Bishop and Trump: Extolling Unreality’, Independent Australia, 30 January 2017,,9974#.WJQmBDHXtlA.twitter

640. Karen Barlow, ‘Scott Morrison Channels Trump with “Australia First” Campaign’, The Huffington Post, 25 January 2017,

639. Jennie Lenman, ‘Trump’s First Week in Office’, Radio Adelaide, 25 January 2017,

638. Finbarr Bermingham, ‘China Mooted to Join TPP After Trump Confirms US Exit’, Global Trade Review, 24 January 2017,

637. John Taylor, ‘Donald Trump and The Trans-Pacific Partnership’, ABC Radio Brisbane, 24 January 2017, and

636. Rose Trapnell, ‘TPP fired by Trump’, QUT Media, 24 January 2017, Republished by Business Acumen Magazine,

635. Alice Gemmill, ‘Princess Leia is a Symbol at Women’s Marches Across the Globe & Carrie Fisher would be Proud’, Bustle, 22 January 2017,

634. Susanna Lazarus, ‘Mark Hamill Pays Tribute to Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia inspires Women’s March Slogans’, Radio Times, 22 January 2017


633. Niki Widdowson, ‘Productivity Commission’s Report on IP Reform is right on the Money: IP Law Expert’, QUT Media, 20 December 2016,

632. Heidi Härkönenm ‘From Counterfeit Sámi Dresses to Global Warming – Intellectual Property Right as a Tool to Protect Indigenous Knowledge and Culture’, the University of Lapland, 16 December 2016,

631. Kirsten Aiken, ‘The Roadshow and Foxtel Copyright Site-Blocking Ruling against The Pirate Bay, Solar Movie, Torrentz, TorrentHound, and IsoHunt’, ABC News 24, 16 December 2016.

630. Heath Aston, ‘Malcolm Turnbull Requests Legal Advice on Pursuit of “Save Medicare” Grandfather’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 2016, Also syndicated in other Fairfax papers, such as The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today, and Rural Fairfax papers.

629. Gwendolyn Goh Mei Shi (producer), ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’, Singapore, 938 Live, 22 November 2016.

628. Stephen Long, ‘Trump’s Campaign Pledge to “Bring Manufacturing Home” will be Easier Said Than Done’, ABC News, 11 November 2016,’s-trade-policies-easier-said-than-done/8014538

627. Tom Iggulden, ‘How Could Trump’s Trade Policies Impact Australia?’, Radio National and Syndicated Around ABC Radio, 10 November 2016,

626. Brendan Savage, ‘Unhappy Snaps: Staff at a Brisbane Apple store have been sacked after allegedly sharing customers’ personal photos with other workers’, Ten News Queensland, 13 October 2016,

625. Niki Widdowson, ‘Robot Law: Forging a New Legal Discipline’, QUT News, 6 October 2016,

624. Harry Pearl, ‘Would you pay $100 million for the Hamdog? Creator is trying to sell the patent to his crazy culinary crossover’, Daily Mail, 28 September 2016,

623. Rebecca Sullivan, ‘Perth man auctioning off the Hamdog patent to the highest bidder’,, 28 September 2016, Also published in the New Zealand Herald, 28 September 2016.

622. Niki Widdowson, ‘Landmark UN report promotes access to essential medicines’, QUT News, 15 September 2016,

621. Rosemary Neill, ‘Intellectual Property Rule Changes – Writers Picture The End’, The Australian, 12 September 2016,

620. Amanda Weaver, ‘Dieselgate: Consumer Rights, Clean Air, and Climate Law – QUT Expert on ACCC Action’, QUT Media, 1 September 2016,

619. Natasha Bita, ‘Cyber Hack Proves Flaws: Census Fail’, Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2016, 36.

618. Marie McInerney, ‘Australia’s “Creepy Census” Threatens Privacy and Our Civil Liberties’, Croakey, 12 August 2016,

617. Kevin Rennie, ‘Australia’s Census Website Was Never Very Popular, And That Was Before Cyber Attacks Crashed It’, Global Voices, 11 August 2016,

616. ‘They Said It’, Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2016, 54.

615. Spandas Lui, ‘Census 2016 Website Crash: DDoS Attack, Incompetence of Something More Sinister?’ Life Hacker, 10 August 2016

614. Rod Chester, ‘Census Fail: ABS Says Hackers Attacked Website Despite Denials, After Nearly $500,00 was Spent on Load Testing Servers’, The Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2016, 10 August 2016, Published also as ‘Census Fail Raises More Questions’ and ‘Census Hack: ABS Targeted Four Times’.

613. Rohan Pearce, ‘Backlash Against Census Continues’, Computer World, 9 August 2016,

612. Niki Widdowson, ‘Fright Night: Australia’s Creepy Census Threatens Privacy and Our Civil Liberties’, QUT News, 9 August 2016,

611. Jane Marwick, ‘Nick Xenophon v Australian Bureau of Statistics’, ABC 720 Perth, 8 August 2016.

610. Cheyne Anderson, ‘Joe Biden Uses Australia to Shore Up US Support for TPP’, The Wire, 19 July 2016,

609. Brooke Taylor (producer) ‘The Apple Camera Killswitch Patent’, 2SER, 15 July 2016,

608. Niki Widdowson, ‘New Global Copyright Treaty Addresses the Book Famine for People with Vision Impairment’, QUT News, 1 July 2016,

607. Thom Mitchell, ‘TPP: This Election Could Decide If Companies Could Sue Australia over Environmental Policy’, New Matilda, 17 June 2016, Coverage of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade.

606. Stephanie Richards, ‘A War of Words Over the Trademarking of Traditional Bush Medicine’, The Wire, 16 June 2016,

605. Niki Widdowson, ‘Are the TPP’s Benefits Trumped?’, QUT Media, 13 June 2016,

604. Stephen Jeffery, ‘Productivity Commission Copyright Findings Leave Canberra Authors Concerned – Dr Matthew Rimmer says Publishers and Authors are Scare-Mongering’, The Canberra Times, 7 May 2016, Also published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, and WA Today.

603. Niki Widdowson, ‘Scare Campaign by Publishers and Authors not for Australians’ Benefit’, QUT Media, 3 May 2016,

602. Tracey Holmes, ‘Productivity Commission Report on Intellectual Property Reforms’, ABC News Radio, 3 May 2016.

601. Bruce Arnold, ‘Productivity Commission’s Recommendations on IP Reform likely to Be Lost in Election Haze’, The Conservation, 29 April 2016,

600. Niki Widdowson, ‘QUT Gene Patents Forum Looks at Conflicts and Legal Milestones’, QUT Media, 13 April 2016,

599. Courtenay Brinckerhoff, ‘Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility’, JD Supra, 12 April 2016,

598. Jane Marwick, ‘Katy Perry, Copyright Law, Safe Harbours, and YouTube’, ABC Perth, Drive, 6 April 2016, (starts 48.54)

597. Sarah Gillman, ‘Katy Perry, Copyright Law, Safe Harbours, and YouTube’, ABC Tasmania, 6 April 2016.

596. Charis Chang, ‘What the Approval of the Biggest Coalmine in the Country Means for Australia?’ The Courier Mail, 5 April 2016,

595. Stephen Gray, ‘”Dollar Dave” and the Reserve Bank: A Tale of Art, Theft and Human Rights’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2016, Republished on the Edward Elgar Blog

594. Niki Widdowson, ‘QUT Indigenous Intellectual Property Forum Tomorrow Looks at Legal Moves to Protect IP’, QUT Media, 22 March 2016,

593. Hannah Francis, ‘How Foxtel Killed Yournet, the ISP that Promised Inbuilt US Netflix’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2016, Republished in The Age, WA Today, Brisbane Times, and Central West Daily.

592. Eric Lane, ‘Should Patent Policies Be Used to Stifle Fossil Fuel Innovation?’, Green Patent Blog, 9 March 2016,

591. Niki Widdowson, ‘The Paris Agreement: Intellectual Property, Greenwashing, and Climate Change. QUT Workshop’, QUT Media, 17 February 2016

590. Nicola Searle, ‘Book Review: Indigenous Intellectual Property’, IP Kat, 8 February 2016,

589. Felicity Sheppard, ‘The Dallas Buyers Club case has been abandoned but illegal downloaders may still Face Trouble’, ABC News, 12 February 2016,

588. Ariel Bogle, ‘Pirates Rest Easy (For Now): ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Court Case Is Over’, Mashable Australia, 10 February 2016,

587. Claire Reilly, ‘Pacific Grim: How the Controversial TPP Signed Away Your Rights’,, 4 February 2016,


586. Miriam Cosic, ‘Why Protecting Customers’ Data Should Trump Profits Every Time’, The Guardian, 14 December 2015,

585. Matthew Cathcart, ‘Is Our Book Trade Too Restrictive?’, Books and Arts, ABC Radio National, 3 December 2015,

584. Thuy Ong, ‘Publishers Warn Industry Will Suffer if Book Import Restrictions are Lifted’, ABC News, 30 November 2015,

583. Matthew Knott, ‘Author Richard Flanagan Blasts Martin Flanagan for Ideological Vandalism on Books Industry – Professor Matthew Rimmer says Parallel Import Laws are Ridiculous’, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today, Brisbane Times, Farm Online, 25-26 November 2015,

582. Bruce Baer Arnold, ‘Cheaper Books are on the Way, but IP Policy StilL Favours Big Business’, The Conversation, 25 November 2015,

581. Duncan Roden, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership a Serious Threat to Environment’, Green Left Review, 23 November 2015,

580. Leonie Blair, ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Voices for the Earth’, Daily Examiner (Grafton), 16 November 2015.

579. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership #TPP trade pact text released, environment chapter scrutinised’, BioRes, 12 November 2015,

578. Aviv Gaon, ‘IP Osgoode Speaks Series Featuring Professor Matthew Rimmer’, IP Osgoode, 9 November 2015,

577. Sam Baran, ‘The Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, 2SER 107.3, 9 November 2015

576. Thom Mitchell, ‘TPP Environment Fears Confirmed by Final Text’, New Matilda, 8 November 2015,

575. Niki Widdowson, ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Light on Environment and Labour, Sweet on Multinationals’, QUT News, 6 November 2015,

574. Pat McGrath and Sabra Lane, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Details Finally Made Public’, 7:30 Report, ABC News, 6 November 2015, and ABC iView

573. Deidre Fulton, ‘“Worse than We Thought”: TPP is a Total Corporate Power-Grab Nightmare’, Common Dreams, 6 December 2015, Syndicated in Loadstar, Axis of Logic, and In These Times.

572. Clark Mindock, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Text: Climate Change Not Addressed, Trade Deal Confirms “Worst Nightmares” for Environment’, International Business Times, 6 November 2015,

571. Binoy Kampmark, ‘A Trade Deal of Denial: Omissions and Sins in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, CounterPunch, 6 November 2015,

570. Karen Barlow, ‘Robb on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: “Read the Fine Print”’, The Huffington Post, 6 November 2015,

569. Katharine Murphy, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership: Four Key Issues to Watch Out For’, The Guardian, 6 November 2015,

568. Anna Henderson and Francis Keany, ‘Trade Minister Andrew Robb frustrated by TPP Critics; Warns Them Not to “Jump at Shadows’, ABC, 6 November 2015,

567. Gareth Hutchens, ‘Australia Could Be Sued for Billions by Foreign Companies under TPP’, Fairfax Media, 6 November 2015, Syndicated on The Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Farm Online.

566. Shalailah Medhora, ‘Andrew Robb Defends TPP After Full Release of Trade Deal Document’, The Guardian, 6 November 2015,

565. Gareth Hutchens, ‘TPP Contains “Worst Nightmare” for Greens’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 November 2015, 5, (print) ‘Climate Change missing from the TPP’, The Age, 6 November 2015, 6.

564. ‘TPP Text Labeled “Disaster for Democracy, Environment and Free Speech”’, Sputnik News Service, 6 November 2015,

563. Paul Handley, ‘Release of Pacific Trade Text Opens New Ratification Fight’, Agence France Presse, 6 November 2015, Syndicated in The West Australian, Bangkok Post, Industry Week, Middle East North African Financial Network, and the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).

562. Justin Mikulka, ‘Breaking: Trans-Pacific Partnership Ignores Climate, Asks Countries to Volunteer to Protect the Environment’, Desmog Blog, 5 November 2015,

561. Francis Keany, ‘Australia’s Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products has been Offered Some Respite’, ABC Radio, 6 November 2015, 105.7 ABC Darwin, 891 ABC Adelaide, 936 ABC Hobart, 666 ABC Canberra, and ABC Southern Queensland.

560. Francis Keany, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Critics Concerned about Environment, IP Clauses in Trade Pact’s Fine Print’, ABC News, 5/ 6 November 2015, Story on 720 ABC Perth, 774 ABC Melbourne, 666 ABC Canberra, 720 ABC Perth, 105.7 ABC Darwin, 612 ABC Brisbane, Radio National, 891 ABC Adelaide, and ABC Southern Queensland. Robbie Buck discussed the issue on 702 ABC Sydney.

559. David Leussink, ‘Text of World’s Biggest Free-Trade Pact Released’, Agence France Presse, 5 November 2015, Syndicated in The West Australian, ABC, Malaysian Insider, and a host of other news outlets.

558. Gareth Hutchens, ‘Climate Change Missing from Full Trans-Pacific Partnership Text’, Fairfax Media, 5 November 2015, The Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Farm Online and The Rural.

557. Gareth Hutchens, ‘Details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Finally Released’, Fairfax Media, 5 November 2015. Syndicated – The Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Farm Online.

556. Myriam Robin, ‘Why You Need to Care about the Tele-Mail Bachelorette Nonsense, Crikey News, 30 October 2015,

555. Daryn Caister, ‘The Death of Democracy’, The Green Majority, 9 October 2015, and

554. Leigh Dayton, ‘Australian Campaigners Win Gene Patenting Victory’, Science Magazine, 8 October 2015,

This series of quotations was removed from the Dayton article without my permission:

Myriad Genetics is expected to fight back against the decision in a number of ways, Rimmer says. The biotechnology company could lobby Parliament to overturn the law. However, he notes the new Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “has expressed his concern about gene patents, previously.” Myriad could invoke an investor-state dispute settlement claim over the ruling, as did tobacco firms regarding Australia’s 2011 law requiring the plain packaging of tobacco products. Although Rimmer doubts such moves would prove successful, he says “the biotechnology industry will no doubt push for a change of the rules in respect of patentable subject matter under secretive regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

553. Hamish Barwick, ‘Greens call for Trans-Pacific Partnership Assessment’, Computer World, 7 October 2015,

552. Amy Corderoy, ‘Landmark High Court Ruling on BRCA1 Gene Patent as Pensioner Wins Legal Case’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2015,

551. Karen Barlow, ‘BRCA1, Breast Cancer Gene Cannot Be Patented, High Court Finds’, The Huffington Post, 7 October 2015,

550. Steve Austin, ‘What the Trans-Pacific Partnership means for Australia?’ and ‘The Myriad Genetics High Court of Australia decision’, 612 ABC Brisbane, 7 October 2015,

549. Finbarr Bermingham, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed: Reactions from Asia’, Global Trade Review, 7 October 2015,

548. Lucianna Ciccocioppo, ‘A Q&A with Visiting Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 7 October 2015,

547. Mark Parton, ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been Signed’, 2CC, Breakfast Radio, 7 October 2015.

546. Emma Alberici, ‘Interview with Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, Lateline, ABC, 6 October 2015,

545. Jason Om, ‘Australia Joins 12 Nations in Finalising a Massive Trade Agreement Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, Lateline, ABC, 6 October 2015,

544. Matthew Rimmer, Deborah Gleeson, and Tomas Fitzgerald, ‘Winners and Losers in the Trans-Pacific trade Deal: Experts Respond’, The Conversation, 6 October 2015,

543. Charis Chang, ‘How Australia Became a Winner in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’,, 6 October 2015,

542. Amy Corderoy, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership: Health Groups say TPP Will Cost Lives’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2015,

541. Lauren Davis, ‘The Daraprim Price Hike and the TPP’, Life Scientist, 28 September 2015,

540. Finbarr Bermingham, ‘New PM Malcolm Turnbull Faces #TPP Challenge’, Global Trade Review, 23 September 2015,

539. David Curnow, ‘Interview with Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Happy Birthday Copyright Case’, 612 ABC Brisbane, 7:06 pm, 23 September 2015 (15 mins 55 secs). Also broadcast on regional ABC Queensland stations.

538. Hillary Smale, ‘Interview with Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Happy Birthday Copyright Case’, 720 ABC Perth, 4:38 pm, 23 September 2015, (9 mins 47 secs).

537. Deb Tribe, ‘Interview with Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Happy Birthday Copyright Case’, ABC Adelaide 891, 3:06 pm, 23 September 2015, (9 mins, 15 seconds). Also broadcast on regional ABC South Australian stations.

536. Louise Saunders, ‘Interview with Professor Matthew Rimmer on the Happy Birthday Copyright Case’, 936 ABC Local Radio, 4:49 pm, Hobart, 23 September 2015 (8 mins, 15 secs).

535. Niki Widdowson, ‘Happy Birthday set free from Copyright for all to Use’, QUT Media, 23 September 2015,

534. Peter Martin, ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s Reshuffle is Bigger Than It Seems’, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Times, and The Brisbane Times, 22 September 2015,

533. Rod Quinn, ‘Royalties and the History of Copyright’, ABC Local Overnights, 22 August 2015,

532. Dugie Standeford, ‘Australian Review of IPR, Competition Balance Draws Mixed Academic Response’, Intellectual Property Watch, 21 August 2015,

531. Ry Crozier, ‘Australia’s 4276 Film Pirates Avoid Huge Damages Bill’, Information Age, 20 August 2015,

530. Ry Crozier, ‘Intellectual Property Laws Subject to New Review’, Information Age, 19 August 2015,

529. Paul Osborne, ‘Indigenous MP Ken Wyatt Flagged for Speaker’, AAP, 9 News, 5 August 2015,

528. Phillip Adams, ‘TPP Takes a Tumble – with Dr Matthew Rimmer and Professor Jane Kelsey’, Late Night Live, 4 August 2015,

527. Will Ockenden, ‘Foxtel preparing Legal Action to have Piracy Websites Blocked’, The World Today, 4 August 2015,

526. ABC News 24, ‘By the end of the Week, Leaders May Strike an Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, ABC News 24, 30 July 2015.

525. Emma Alberici and Tom Iggulden, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Edging Closer to Being Finalised, Lateline, ABC TV, 29 July 2015

524. K. Atkinson, ‘Australian Trade Analysts Say the Mining and Energy Sectors are to be the Big Winners from the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, Radio New Zealand News, 28 July 2015.

523. Jake Morcom, ‘Higher Cost for Medicines Under TPP Trade Agreement’, The Wire, 28 July 2015,

522. Annie Gaffney, ‘Interview on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, ABC Sunshine Coast, 28 July 2015.

521. ABC Radio, ‘Andrew Robb, Trade Minister, will begin Final Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership‘, ABC, 720 ABC Perth, 612 ABC Brisbane, 891 ABC Adelaide, 612 ABC Brisbane, 936 ABC Hobart, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Wide Bay, Bundaberg, ABC Gold Coast,ABC Southern Queensland, ABC Canberra, ABC Adelaide, ABC Perth, ABC Darwin, ABC Sydney, ABC Newcastle, ABC Melbourne, 28 July 2015.

520. Glenda Kwek, ‘Critics Fear Giant Pacific Trade Deal Favours Big Business Over States’, AFP, 27 July 2015,;_ylt=AwrSbnKmnbVV1coAk5RXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw– Republished widely. The Nation, 28 July 2015.

519. Niki Widdowson, ‘Unlocking the Way We Were: Cooking for Copyright’, QUT Media, 27 July 2015, Cooking for Copyright, Storify, 31 July 2015.

518. Niki Widdowson, ‘Ebola Outbreak Highlights Need for IP-Free Essential Medicines: International Conference’, QUT Media, 23 July 2015, Reprinted by Health Canal See also Niki Widdowson, ‘MERS, Ebola – What’s Next?’ International Public Health Experts Meet in Brisbane’, QUT Media, 16 July 2015,; and Biosecurity in a Globalised World, Storify, 28 July 2015,

517. Jonathan Green, ‘The Biggest Trade Deal Never Seen: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement’, ABC Radio National, 12 July 2015, Also featuring Professor Tania Voon (University of Melbourne) and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Australian Greens).

516. Tim Biggs and Ben Grubb, ‘Before you Hit That – Anti-Piracy Laws have passed Parliament’, The Newcastle Herald, 4 July 2015.

515. Philip Dorling, ‘WikiLeaks Exclusive: Secret Core Text from Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)’, The Saturday Paper, 1 July 2015,

514. Kumi Taguchi, ‘Target Caught Ripping Off Design from Melbourne Business Peaches and Keen for Children’s Clothing’, ABC 702, 30 June 2015,

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Matthew Rimmer - Expert Appearance, Second Meeting of the Working Group to Develop Specific Guidelines to Address Cross-border TAPS and the Depiction of Tobacco in the Entertainment Media under Art 13 of the WHO FCTC, 24 February 2021,
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Dr Matthew Rimmer was named one of the Top 100 Eco-Influencers by Corporate Knights in 2015:
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Dr Matthew Rimmer was named one of Managing IP's 50 most influential intellectual property people in 2014
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Dr Matthew Rimmer received an ANU Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Award in 2014.
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Dr Matthew Rimmer received the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach at the annual Awards Ceremony on the 26 November 2013.
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
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ARC Future Fellowship - Intellectual Property and Climate Change (2011-2015)
Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame 2021-2025 (CREATE)
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Intellectual property and 3D printing
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Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Promoting Plant Innovation in Australia: Maximising the Benefits of Intellectual Property for Australian Agriculture
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