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Matthew Rimmer

Faculty of Business and Law, QUT
Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law
Brisbane, Australia


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 ePrints, SSRN Abstracts, Bepress Selected Works, and Open Science Framework.

Rimmer has published four major research monographs. Rimmer is the author of a research monograph, The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property and Trade in the Pacific Rim (Edward Elgar, 2020), Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies (Edward Elgar, 2011), Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions (Edward Elgar, 2008), and Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod (Edward Elgar, 2007). His PhD Dissertation is on The Pirate Bazaar: The Social Life of Copyright Law (UNSW, 2001).

Rimmer has also edited a number of collections. Along with Dinusha Mendis and Mark Lemley, Rimmer is the editor of the collection, 3D Printing and Beyond (Edward Elgar, 2019). Rimmer is the editor of the collection, Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (Springer, 2018). Rimmer has edited a special issue of the QUT Law Review on the topic, The Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products (2017) - which featured a foreword by former Minister for Health and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon. Rimmer is the editor of the collection, Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, 2015). Rimmer is also a co-editor of Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies: The New Biology (Edward Elgar, 2012), and Incentives for Global Public Health: Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Rimmer edited the thematic issue of Law in Context, entitled Patent Law and Biological Inventions (Federation Press, 2006).

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. 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 was previously the leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program from 2015-2020 (QUT IPIL).