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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 Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program (QUT IP IL). Rimmer 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, and Indigenous Intellectual Property. He is currently working on research on intellectual property, the creative industries, and 3D printing; intellectual property and public health; and intellectual property and trade, looking at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement. His work is archived at QUT ePrints SSRN Abstracts Bepress Selected Works.

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 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 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 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 is a researcher and commentator on the topic of intellectual property, public health, and tobacco control. He has undertaken research on trade mark law and the plain packaging of tobacco products, and given evidence to an Australian parliamentary inquiry on the topic. Rimmer has edited a special issue of the QUT Law Review on the topic, The Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products (2017).

Rimmer 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 currently working on a manuscript, looking at green branding, trade mark law, and environmental activism. He is the editor of the forthcoming collection, Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (Springer, 2018).

Rimmer has also a research interest in 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).

Rimmer is currently working as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on “Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing” (2017-2020). This project aims to provide guidance for industry and policy-makers about intellectual property, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and innovation policy. It will consider the evolution of 3D printing, and examine its implications for the creative industries, branding and marketing, manufacturing and robotics, clean technologies, health-care and the digital economy. The project will examine how 3D printing disrupts copyright law, designs law, trade mark law, patent law and confidential information. The project expects to provide 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 forthcoming collection, 3D Printing and Beyond (Edward Elgar, 2018).

Rimmer has supervised five students who have completed Higher Degree Research 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); and Social Media Policies and Work: Reconciling Personal Autonomy Interests and Employer Risk (2017). He has also supervised sixty-eight Honours students, Summer Research Scholars, and Interns, and two graduate research unit Masters students.

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Media

2018

 

Debra Nowland, ‘3D Printing Shakes Up Intellectual Property Rights’, QUT Media, 22 October 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=137229

 

Cheyne Anderson, ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’, 2SER, 18 October 2018.

 

Anna Vidot, ‘The Passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership through the Australian Parliament’, ABC Canberra, 18 October 2018, https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/afternoons/afternoons/10367712 (at 43:30)

 

Debra Nowland, ‘What Next For Mega Trade Deals? Australian Senate Passes Pacific Trade Deal’, QUT Media, 17 October 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=137111

 

Nikki Widdowson, ‘How IP Supports UN Sustainable Development Goals: Symposium’, QUT Media, 4 September 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=135297 Republished by Mirage News https://www.miragenews.com/how-ip-can-support-un-sustainable-development-goals-symposium/

 

Ian Lopez, ‘Prosecuting Print Crime: Lemley on How the Law is Bracing for the 3-D “Maker Movement”’, The Recorder, 8 August 2018, https://www.law.com/therecorder/2018/08/08/prosecuting-print-crime-this-law-professor-is-bracing-for-the-3d-maker-movement-403-19654/?slreturn=20180713194915

 

QUT, ‘QUT representatives appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Indigenous Affairs’, QUT Faculty of Law, 2 August 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/law/about/news-events/news?news-id=133828

 

Alison Brown, ‘Bubbles and Trouble Ahead for Australian Makers of Prosecco’, The Brisbane Times, 2 August 2018, https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/bubbles-and-trouble-ahead-for-australian-makers-of-prosecco-20180802-p4zv27.html Reproduced in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, and WA Today.

 

Will Ziebell, ‘The Big Issue: Copyright or Wrong?’ The Crafty Pint, 2 August 2018, https://craftypint.com/news/1857/The_Big_Issue_Copyright_Or_Wrong

 

‘Call for Inquiry into Cricket Australia’s Sacking of Angela Williamson’, ABC Hobart, 31 July 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-31/call-to-investigate-cricket-australia-sacking-angela-williamson/10055334 TV/radio

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Prosecco Wars: An Aperitif for New Australia-EU Trade Talks’, QUT Media, 24 July 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=133473 Republished on InfoJustice http://infojustice.org/archives/40203

 

Alex Bruce-Smith, ‘How Dangerous Are 3D Printed Guns For Australia?’ Ten Daily, 20 July 2018, https://tendaily.com.au/news/crime/a180719ban/how-dangerous-are-3d-printed-guns-for-australia-20180720

 

Daniel Herborn, ‘WTO Vindicates Australia on Plain Packaging for Cigarettes’, CEO Magazine, 29 June 2018, https://news.theceomagazine.com/news/wto-backs-australian-plain-packaging-cigarettes/

 

Tamara Oudyn, ‘Australia Wins Plain Packaging Dispute in the WTO’, ABC News TV, 29 June 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYNknFO1ldk

 

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].

 

Media Monitor:

Item ID: X00075161135

Audience: 58,000 (22,000 female 16+ / 35,000 male 16+)

Location: Sydney, Australia

Market: National

Duration: 4mins 57secs

Type: TV

 

Steve Austin, ‘The Vinyl Revival’, ABC Brisbane, 22 June 2018, https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/owning-music-buying-vinyl-cds-downloads-streaming-w521504 and http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/drive/drive/9876998

 

Michael West, ‘Global Lawmakers Should Follow Australia’s Lead on Cigarette Packaging’, Michael.West.com.au, 4 June 2018, https://www.michaelwest.com.au/global-lawmakers-should-follow-australias-lead-on-cigarette-packaging/

 

Michelle McMahon, ‘Stomp out Smoking with Global Plain Packaging’, QUT Media, 30 May 2018, https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=131428

 

Jennie Rose Halperin, ‘“Build the Commons, So It Is Better for All”: CC Global Summit’, Creative Commons, 1 May 2018, https://creativecommons.org/2018/05/01/summit/

 

Humans of the Commons, ‘Interview with Matthew Rimmer’, Soundcloud, 15 April 2018 https://soundcloud.com/wearecc/matthew-rimmer?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter See https://soundcloud.com/wearecc/nicolas-suzor also ‘Interview with Nicolas Suzor’ and ‘Interview with Jessica Stevens’ https://soundcloud.com/wearecc/jessica-stevens

 

Sharon Smith, ‘Outlook is bright for Aussie 3D Printing Stocks if They Can Win Patents’, Stockhead, 28 March 2018, https://stockhead.com.au/columnists/oulook-is-bright-for-aussie-3d-printing-stocks-if-they-can-win-patents/

 

Bruce Baer Arnold, ‘Australia should steer clear of the sanction fight between the US and China’, The Conversation, 26 March 2018, https://theconversation.com/australia-should-steer-clear-of-the-sanction-fight-between-the-us-and-china-93856 and https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/australia-steer-clear-sanction-fight-us-china-221538615.html

 

Marlina Whop, ‘There’s Outrage Over Plans to Mine Facebook Data from gold Coast Visitors’, 7 News Brisbane, 21 March 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-21/free-commonwealth-games-wi-fi-to-expose-visitors-facebook-data/9568536 and https://twitter.com/7NewsBrisbane/status/976375642374651904/video/1

 

Scimex, ‘Expert Reaction: Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona’, Press Release, 20 March 2018, https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/expert-reaction-self-driving-car-kills-pedestrian-in-tempe,-arizona

 

Tushita Dogra, ‘India: Pharmaceutical Patents A Threat to India’s Drug Industry?’, Mondaq, 14 March 2018, http://www.mondaq.com/india/x/682550/food+drugs+law/Pharmaceutical+Patents+A+Threat+To+Indias+Drug+Industry

 

Fran Kelly (Presenter) and Stephanie Smail (Producer), ‘DIY Genetic Testing Kits Raise Data Security Concerns’, ABC Radio National, 28 February 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/diy-genetic-testing-kits-raise-data-security-concerns/9491842 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, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/what-happens-to-your-genetic-data-when-you-send-it-off/9493130?pfmredir=sm

 

Sarah Howells, ‘Intellectual Property, Agriculture, and Biotechnology – the Cattle Genetics Case’, ABC Gold Coast, Drive, 4:15 pm, 15 February 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-09/cattle-genetics-case/9403940 and http://www.judgments.fedcourt.gov.au/judgments/Judgments/fca/single/2018/2018fca0051

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘The Cabinet Files’, QUT Media, 2 February 2018, https://twitter.com/QUTmedia/status/959340279089287169 and https://twitter.com/QUTmedia/status/959325855787831297

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Landmark Pokie case only the Beginning of Questions on Gambling Companies’ Legal Liability’, QUT Media, 2 February 2018, https://twitter.com/QUTmedia/status/959299684803084289 See http://www.afr.com/technology/gaming/crown-and-aristocrat-pokies-cleared-by-federal-court-in-landmark-case-20180202-h0sdya http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42913173?ocid=socialflow_twitter http://bit.ly/2DW9Lw6 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/02/poker-machines-crown-casino-found-not-to-have-mislead-players-with-design https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/02/02/12/49/victorian-court-throws-out-pokies-complaint?ocid=Social-9NewsGC

 

Karlin Lillington, ‘We all Must Do More Stop Online Abuse of Children and Adults, The Irish Times, 1 February 2018, https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/we-all-must-do-more-to-stop-online-abuse-of-children-and-adults-1.3375295

 

Chris Bath, ‘Meryl Streep applies to Trademark Her Own Name’, ABC News, 30 January 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/evenings/evenings/9354808 and http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/meryl-streep-applies-to-trademark-her-own-name/9373858

 

Phillip Adams, ‘TPP Trade Deal Survives Near Death Experience’, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, 25 January 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/tpp-trade-deal-survives-near-death-experience/9361792

 

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, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-19/cory-bernardi-playlist-artists-politicians-using-their-work/9342712

 

2017

 

Sara Custer, ‘Is Net Neutrality Key to Academic Freedom and Wider Access?’, Times Higher Education, 19 December 2017, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/net-neutrality-key-academic-freedom-and-wider-access

 

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

 

‘Net neutrality: The digital landscape set to change as the US moves to overturn regulations’, ABC News, 22 November 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/net-neutrality-regulations-to-be-overturned-in-the-us/9179512

 

Thomas Oriti with Dominique Schwartz, ‘The Copyright Agency Takes Action Against NSW Government’, ABC PM, 20 November 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/pm/the-copyright-agency-takes-action-against-nsw-government/9171904

 

Finbarr Bermingham, ‘New Look TPP Moves Towards Conclusion, Without Trump’s America’, Global Trade Review, 13 November 2017, https://www.gtreview.com/news/asia/new-look-tpp-moves-towards-conclusion-without-trumps-america/

 

Debra Nowland and Niki Widdowson, ‘Don’t Blame Canada: Justin Trudeau and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks at APEC’, QUT Media, 13 November 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news/_nocache?news-id=124817

 

Isabella Dellerba, ‘Pour ses Ugg, l’Australie déterre la hache de guerre’, Le Monde, 29 October 2017, http://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/article/2017/10/29/pour-ses-ugg-l-australie-deterre-la-hache-de-guerre_5207422_4500055.html

 

Zoe Samios, ‘Kraft Singles and Kraft Peanut Butter to Return to Australia’, Mumbrella, 25 October 2017, https://mumbrella.com.au/kraft-singles-and-kraft-peanut-butter-return-to-australia-479473

 

Ross and John, ‘The Huge Legal Battle in a New York Court over Peanut Butter’, 3AW693, 25 October 2017, http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/kraft-takes-bega-to-court-over-classic-peanut-butter-standoff/news-story/d8ff9fa289cbd796fc1802310e228de2 and https://www.3aw.com.au/podcast/the-huge-legal-battle-in-a-new-york-court-over-peanut-butter/

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Open Access Unlocks the Universe’, QUT Media, 24 October 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=124337

 

Jacqueline Williams, ‘France has “Champagne,” Portugal has “Port.” Should Australia have “Uggs?”’, The New York Times, 6 October 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/world/australia/uggs-trademark-australia.html

Reprinted as ‘Fight Over Uggs Name Angers Australians’, The Straits Times, 9 October 2017, http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/fight-over-uggs-name-angers-australians ‘What’s in an Ugg? Court battle brews over boots brand name’, The Toronto Star, 9 October 2017, https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/10/09/whats-in-an-ugg-court-battle-brews-over-boots-brand-name.html and The New Daily, 9 October 2017, http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/10/09/australia-uggs-trademark/

 

Jessica Washington, ‘“This is About Life and Death: Pharmaceutical Patents Threaten India’s Generic Drug Industry’, ABC News, 28 September 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-28/what-india-pfizer-patent-decision-means-for-region-health/8981206

 

Andrew West, ‘Pfizer granted patent on Pneumonia Vaccine in India’, Saturday Extra, ABC Radio National, 23 September 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/patents-and-the-pharmacy-of-the-developing-world/8968320

 

Louise Saunders, ‘Is Kudelka’s Cartoon the Tasmanian Version of Pepe the Frog?’, Drive, ABC Hobart, 18 September 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/drive/intellectual-internet-cartoon/8957682

 

Claire Nichols, ‘SA Exhibition Closed Over Appropriation of Indigenous Wandjinas’, ABC Books and Arts, Radio National, 8 September 2017. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/wandjina-art-appropriation/8879698

 

Natalie Shoebridge, ‘The Social Media Loophole that means Your Content is Up For Grabs – Terms of Service’, Hit 105, 5 September 2017, https://www.hit.com.au/news/national/the-social-media-loophole-that-means-your-content-is-up-for-grabs?station=Brisbane&geoRedirect=true

 

Michelle McMahon, ‘3D Printing Revolution for Us All: 3D Car Parts and Clothes by 2020?’, QUT Media, 28 August 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=122037

 

Rachel Eddie, ‘Australians to be “Vigorously Pursued” for Legal Action over Illegal Downloads’, The New Daily, 22 August 2017, http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/movies/2017/08/22/village-roadshow-sue-australians/

 

Philip Ware, ‘Autonomous Killing Machines, Robocops and SexBots: Ethico-Legal Implications’, Stanwell, 21 August 2017, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/robotronica-qut-our-coming-future-philip-ware

 

Claire Connelly, ‘The Truth will not be Googled’, Renegade Inc., 20 August 2017, https://renegadeinc.com/truth-will-not-be-googled/ Reprinted on Zero Hedge.

 

Tony Moore, ‘Robots Could Guard Private Homes in the Future’, The Brisbane Times, 20 August 2017, http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/robots-could-guard-private-homes-in-the-future-senior-police-20170820-gy0aos.html Discussion of Robotronica Panel on Robocops. See also, Leeanne Enoch, ‘Robotics Festival Shows Us What the Future Looks Like’, Queensland Government, 20 August 2017, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/8/20/robotics-festival-shows-us-what-the-future-looks-like and Samuel Gibbs, ‘Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots’, The Guardian, 21 August 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/20/elon-musk-killer-robots-experts-outright-ban-lethal-autonomous-weapons-war?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Trevor Long, ‘Pirates to be Stopped in their Tracks’, Talking Technology, Talking Lifestyle, 18 August 2017, https://omny.fm/shows/talking-technology/pirates-to-be-stopped-in-their-tracks See also Michaela Whitbourn, ‘Film Studios and Foxtel win Orders Blocking 59 Pirate Websites’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2017, http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/film-studios-and-foxtel-win-orders-blocking-59-pirate-websites-20170817-gxyora.html Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited [2017] FCA 965 (Nicholas J) http://www.judgments.fedcourt.gov.au/judgments/Judgments/fca/single/2017/2017fca0965 and Foxtel v TPG (2017) (orders) https://www.comcourts.gov.au/file/Federal/P/NSD663/2017/3787886/event/29056799/document/1018339

 

Karen Milliner, ‘RoboCops in the Frontline: Robotronica Sorts Fact from Fiction’, QUT Media, 18 August 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=121677

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘The Game of Thrones: Librarians Victorious in Fight for the Public in the Copyright Wars’, QUT Media, 26 July 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/law/about/news-events/news?news-id=120605

 

Chris Bath, ‘Trademark Law, Bondi Beach, and Geographical Terms’, ABC Sydney Radio, 26 July 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/evenings/evenings/8725830

 

Rachel Eddie, ‘American Retailer Stops Sydney Business Trademarking “Bondi Beach”’, The New Daily, 26 July 2017, http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/small-business/2017/07/26/abercombie-fitch-bondi-beach-wash-trademark/ and http://www.smartcompany.com.au/business-advice/intellectual-property/us-retailer-abercrombie-fitch-stops-sydney-small-business-trademarking-bondi-beach/

 

Nina Stevens, ‘The Trademark Battle of Bondi Beach’, 7 News Sydney, TV, 26 July 2017, https://t.co/K1BozCclDl

 

Jano Gibson, ‘Bondi Beach at centre of trademark tussle between Sydney Cosmetics company and Abercrombie & Fitch’, ABC News, 26 July 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/bondi-beach-at-centre-of-international-trademark-tussle/8741084?pfmredir=sm and reprinted in ‘Sydney cosmetics company takes on US fashion giant over Bondi Beach trademark’, The New Daily, 26 July 2017, http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2017/07/26/bondi-beach-trademark/ Also on ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Radio Adelaide, ABC Radio Melbourne, and ABC Radio Sydney.

 

Frances Bell, ‘Amazon v Glamazon Trademark Battle’, ABC News, and ABC Perth Radio, 24 June 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/live-clothing-prepares-for-battle-with-amazon-over-glamazon/8739056 and http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/amazon-glamazon-in-trademark-battle/news-story/e7e10a8017c4f54b595c10ba3af22b35

 

Christopher Sexton, ‘In Conversation with Professor Matthew Rimmer’ (2017) 109 Intellectual Property Forum 8-14 (June 2017), http://www.ipsanz.com.au/ip-forum/a-selection-of-extracts/

 

‘Game of Thrones: Foxtel Points Finger at HBO For Season Premiere Bungle’, ABC News, 18 July 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/foxtel-blames-hbo-for-bungling-game-of-thrones-season-7-premiere/8718624

 

David Coady and Sabra Lane, ‘Foxtel Streaming Services Fail Under Demand for Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere’, ABC AM, 18 July 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2016/s4703592.htm ABC Melbourne, and ABC Radio Canberra.

 

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

Rachel Puppazoni, ‘Network Neutrality’, ABC News TV, 13 July 2017, https://t.co/ns8PQwRsQP

 

‘What was the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality and Why Is It A Thing Again?’, ABC News, 13 July 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-13/net-neutrality-internet-wide-day-of-action/8704072

 

Sam Varghese, ‘Protest against Move to Get Rid of Net Neutrality Law’, IT Wire, 13 July 2017, https://www.itwire.com/government-tech-policy/78996-protest-against-move-to-get-rid-of-net-neutrality-law.html

 

‘Donald Trump threatens Net Neutrality, says Academic’, Technology Decisions, 12 July 2017, http://www.technologydecisions.com.au/content/wireless-mobility/news/donald-trump-threatens-net-neutrality-says-academic-468401387

 

Amanda Weaver, ‘Save Net Neutrality to Save Freedom of Speech’, QUT Media, 12 July 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=119978

 

Ginger Gorman, ‘Journalism Rip Off: Is it “Following Up,” Lifting or Straight Up Plagiarism?’, Mediashift, 28 June 2017, http://mediashift.org/2017/06/journalism-rip-off-following-lifting-straight-plagiarism/

 

Melissa Singer, ‘Turkish Label Les Benjamins Accused Of Misusing Indigenous Symbols in Paris Collection’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 2017, http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/turkish-label-les-benjamins-accused-of-misusing-indigenous-symbols-in-paris-collection-20170624-gwxtr5.html Also Melissa Singer, ‘Turkish Designer “Crosses Line” On Indigenous Art’, The Age, 26 June 2017. Also WA Times and Brisbane Times.

 

Phillip Adams, ‘Is Australia Net Neutral?’, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, 15 June 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/is-australia-net-neutral/8621868

 

Clint Jasper, ‘Federal Court Finishes Hearing Legal Argument in Controversial Cattle Genome Case’, ABC Rural, 8 June 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2017-06-08/federal-court-finishes-hearing-legal-argument-in-genome-case/8576618

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘World No Tobacco Day – Global Tobacco Epidemic Threatens Sustainable Development’, QUT Media, 31 May 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=118218

 

Elisabeth Moss, ‘UK Adopts Stricter Packaging Laws for Tobacco’, QUT News, 28 May 2017, http://internationaljournalism280.com/uk-adopts-stricter-packaging-laws-for-tobacco/

 

James Nurton, ‘Brands Under Threat: Plain Packaging Laws for Tobacco Products Could Spread Round the World’, Managing IP, 20 May 2017, http://www.managingip.com/Article/3718939/Brands-under-threat.html

 

Anna Vidot, ‘Gene Patents, Agriculture, and Biotechnology’, ABC Landline, 20 May 2017, https://www.facebook.com/LandlineABC/videos/1433793810014195/?fref=mentions

 

Clint Jasper, ‘Legal Fight over Cattle Genome Underway in Melbourne’s Federal Court’, ABC Rural, 19 May 2017. http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2017-05-17/legal-fight-cattle-genome-mla-branhaven/8526218 TV version of this story, ABC National News, (Victoria), (Canberra), http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/abc-news-vic/NN1707V119S00

 

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.

 

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

 

Rowan Forster, ‘Fashion Label’s $2,000 Wood-and-Resin Boomerang Draws Ire of Joe Williams’, Wagga Daily Advertiser (Country NSW), 18 May 2017, http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/4671895/fury-over-boomerang/

 

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, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drawingroom/move-fast-and-break-things/8534422

 

‘Fashion Officially Loses the Plot with Latest “Hot” Accessory’, Fashion Starts at 60, 17 May 2017, https://startsat60.com/trending/news/business/fashion-officially-loses-the-plot-with-latest-hot-accessory

 

Daniel Uria, ‘Chanel Accused of Appropriating Aboriginal Culture with $1,325 Boomerang’, Upi, 16 May 2017, http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/05/16/Chanel-accused-of-appropriating-Aboriginal-culture-with-1325-boomerang/8481494949694/

 

Rob Shimshock, ‘Chanel Apologizes for Selling Boomerang Deemed Culturally Offensive’, The Daily Caller, 17 May 2017, http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/16/chanel-apologizes-for-boomerang-deemed-culturally-offensive/

 

ABC, ‘Chanel’s $2,000 Boomerang Sparks Complaints and Confusion from Indigenous Australians’, ABC News, 16 May 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-16/chanels-$2000-boomerang-sparks-aboriginal-appropriation-claim/8531496 Also published on Radio Australia International News, ABC Asia Pacific, Australia Network News, and MamaMia, http://www.mamamia.com.au/chanel-boomerang/?utm_campaign=Mamamia&utm_source=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Twitter

 

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

 

Jonathan Pearlman, ‘Chanel’s 1,100 Pound Boomerang Branded a “New Level of Ignorance” for Appropriating Aboriginal Culture’, The Telegraph, 16 May 2017, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/16/chanels-1100-boomerang-branded-new-level-ignorance-appropriating/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

 

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

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/chanels-latest-accessory-is-a-1900-boomerang-and-the-internet-is-not-impressed-20170515-gw5dyj.html Republished on The Brisbane Times, http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/chanels-latest-accessory-is-a-1900-boomerang-and-the-internet-is-not-impressed-20170515-gw5dyj.html

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Chanel Boomerang Flies in the Face of Indigenous Intellectual Property’, QUT Media, 16 May 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=117658

 

Johnny Lieu, ‘Chanel’s Very Expensive Boomerang is Everything That is Wrong with the World’, Mashable, 16 May 2017, http://mashable.com/2017/05/15/chanel-boomerang-indigenous-australia/#SdompIUsP05s

 

Shaun Tan, ‘Leaked WTO Decision Shakes Tobacco Industry’, Managing Intellectual Property, 15 May 2017, http://www.managingip.com/Article/3717476/Managing-Trade-Marks-Archive/Leaked-WTO-decision-shakes-tobacco-industry.html

 

Marisa Kuhlewein, ‘The World Trade Organization set to Back Australia’s Strict Laws on Plain Tobacco Packaging’, QUT News, 8 May 2017, http://www.qutnews.com/2017/05/08/the-world-trade-organisation-set-to-back-australias-strict-laws-on-plain-tobacco-packaging/

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘WTO Ruling Could Light the Way to a Tobacco-Free Future’, QUT Media, 5 May 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=117336

 

David Coady, ‘Australia’s Patent System Could Create Roadblocks for Driverless Cars’, ABC PM, 3 May 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4663098.htm and http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-03/australias-patent-system-could-create-roadblocks/8494616

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Road Wars: Intellectual Property, Driverless Cars and Knight Riders’, QUT Media, 3 May 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=117259

 

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, http://www.watoday.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/bee-sting-wittner-shoes-ordered-to-stop-selling-copied-knot-sneaker-20170426-gvsoz5.html

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘New Copyright Bill Promotes Access to Knowledge’, QUT Media, 4 April 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=116059

 

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

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Australia Must Take Strong Interest in Regional Trade Agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership #RCEP’, QUT Media, 27 February 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/about/news/news?news-id=114716

 

Greg Dunlop, ‘The Bruising Clash over a Facebook Live Stream’, BBC News, 10 February 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38876428

 

Kelly Higgins-Devine, ‘Gattaca: Privacy, Genetic Discrimination, and Biotech Patents’, ABC Radio Brisbane, 6 February 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/afternoons/afternoons/8244114 and http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/afternoons/who-really-owns-your-genetic-information-dr-matthew-rimmer-and-d/8247158

 

Jacob Saulwick, ‘Anthony Mundine v Danny Green: Man Streams Fight Through Facebook Page’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 2017, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/boxing/anthony-mundine-v-danny-green-man-streams-fight-through-facebook-page-20170203-gu5fse.html Republished by The Age, The Brisbane Times, and WA Today.

 

James O’Neill, ‘’Turnbull, Bishop and Trump: Extolling Unreality’, Independent Australia, 30 January 2017, https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/turnbull-bishop-and-trump-extolling-unreality,9974#.WJQmBDHXtlA.twitter

 

Karen Barlow, ‘Scott Morrison Channels Trump with “Australia First” Campaign’, The Huffington Post, 25 January 2017, http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/01/24/scott-morrison-channels-trump-with-australia-first-campaign/

 

Jennie Lenman, ‘Trump’s First Week in Office’, Radio Adelaide, 25 January 2017, https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/trumps-first-week-in-office-tpp-withdrawal/

 

Finbarr Bermingham, ‘China Mooted to Join TPP After Trump Confirms US Exit’, Global Trade Review, 24 January 2017, http://www.gtreview.com/news/asia/china-mooted-to-join-tpp-after-trump-confirms-us-exit/

 

John Taylor, ‘Donald Trump and The Trans-Pacific Partnership’, ABC Radio Brisbane, 24 January 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/brisbane/programs/612_drive/ and https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peoLAKk0a3?play=true

 

Rose Trapnell, ‘TPP fired by Trump’, QUT Media, 24 January 2017, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=113669 Republished by Business Acumen Magazine, http://www.businessacumen.biz/index.php/home/business-news-rel/2216-tpp-fired-by-trump.html

 

Alice Gemmill, ‘Princess Leia is a Symbol at Women’s Marches Across the Globe & Carrie Fisher would be Proud’, Bustle, 22 January 2017, https://www.bustle.com/p/princess-leia-is-a-symbol-at-womens-marches-across-the-globe-carrie-fisher-would-be-proud-32086

 

Susanna Lazarus, ‘Mark Hamill Pays Tribute to Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia inspires Women’s March Slogans’, Radio Times, 22 January 2017 http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-01-22/mark-hamill-pays-tribute-to-carrie-fisher-as-princess-leia-inspires-womens-march-slogans

 

2016

 

Niki Widdowson, ‘Productivity Commission’s Report on IP Reform is right on the Money: IP Law Expert’, QUT Media, 20 December 2016, https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=112876

 

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, http://www.iprinfo.com/verkkolehti/kaikki_artikkelit/2016/4_2016/fi_FI/from_counterfeit_sami_dresses_to_global_warming_ip_right_as_a_tool_to_protect_indigenous_knowledge_and_culture/

 

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.

 

Heath Aston, ‘Malcolm Turnbull Requests Legal Advice on Pursuit of “Save Medicare” Grandfather’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 2016, http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-requests-legal-advice-on-pursuit-of-save-medicare-grandfather-20161124-gswvg0.html Also syndicated in other Fairfax papers, such as The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today, and Rural Fairfax papers.

 

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

 

Stephen Long, ‘Trump’s Campaign Pledge to “Bring Manufacturing Home” will be Easier Said Than Done’, ABC News, 11 November 2016,

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Dr Matthew Rimmer received an ANU Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Award in 2014. http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-honours-its-top-media-performers
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Dr Matthew Rimmer was named one of the Top 100 Eco-Influencers by Corporate Knights in 2015: http://www.corporateknights.com/channels/connected-planet/top-100-eco-influencers-twitter/
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Dr Matthew Rimmer was baned one of Managing IP's 50 most influential intellectual property people in 2014 http://www.managingip.com/Article/3362683/Search/IPs-most-influential-people-2014-the-social-media-stars.html
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
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.
Title
Intellectual property and 3D printing
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP170100758
Start year
2017
Keywords
Title
Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
FT100100418
Start year
2010
Keywords
Title
Promoting Plant Innovation in Australia: Maximising the Benefits of Intellectual Property for Australian Agriculture
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0987639
Start year
2009
Keywords
Title
Unlocking IP - Expanding Public Rights and the Public Domain in Australian Copyright
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0562485
Start year
2006
Keywords
Copyright; Commons; Licensing; Public Domain; intellectual property; Information Retrieval
Title
Gene Patents in Australia: Options for Reform
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0345648
Start year
2003
Keywords
Title
Protection of Botanical Innovation: A Legal Analysis of the Scope and Operation of National and International Plant Breeder's Rights
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0348051
Start year
2003
Keywords
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Opposition as an access to drugs strategy: A case study of India
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Richard Johnstone
  • The Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products for the South Asian Region
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Andrew McGee
  • Fake Aboriginal 'syle' art and authenticity: how can the law protect indigenous expression from exploitation?
    MPhil, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kylie Pappalardo
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