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Patent Law and Scientific Information: Research Workshop

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Patent Law and Scientific Information - Research Workshop

QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program

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This half-day research workshop considers the role of patent law in respect of scientific information.

A number of recent Australian law reform and public policy inquiries have highlighted the need for evidence-based policy-making in respect of patent law. The Australian Law Reform Commission made a number of recommendations in respect of patent law and biotechnology. The Productivity Commission has argued that there is a need for a rebalancing of Australia’s patent system, declaring that ‘it is clear that the system is poorly targeted and in many cases provides excessively strong patent rights.’ The Harper Review has highlighted the inter-relationship between patent law and competition policy.

Intellectual Property Offices have also sought to engage in data analysis. For its part, IP Australia has established the Office of the Chief Economist. The Office has sought to provide decision-makers with evidence-based advice to maximise the economic benefits of the Australian intellectual property system. The World Intellectual Property Organization has undertaken empirical research into patent landscapes in respect of breakthrough technologies – such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, and nanotechnology.

This research workshop provides a forum for experts in patent law, policy, and practice to share their empirical research. It is designed to provide for a discussion of qualitative and quantitative research in respect of patent information. This research workshop will consider the historical value of patent information. It will explore the information function of patent law – as well as the role of patent law in respect of commercialisation and innovation. This event will also feature a discussion of patent landscapes in a range of scientific and technological fields – including information technology, 3D printing, medicine, biotechnology, genetic resources, and bioinformatics.

The keynote speaker is Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirten from Linköping University who is undertaking a five year European Research Council project on ‘Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020’. The event is hosted by the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program. It is supported by an ARC Discovery Project on ‘Inventing the Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing’.

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Session 1 – Patent Law and Scientific Information (2:00 pm – 3:20 pm)

Chair – Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT Faculty of Law

Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020

Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirten, Linköping University

Mapping the Global Influence of Published Research on Industry and Innovation

Professor Uwe Dulleck, QUT Business School

A Cartography of the 3D Printing Patent Landscape

Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT Faculty of Law

Patent Law and Marine Genetic Resources

Dr Frances Humphries, Griffith Law School


Afternoon Tea Break (3:20 pm - 3:30 pm)


Session 2 – Patent Law and the Life Sciences (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)

Chair - Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirten, Linköping University

The Information Machine Is Broken: Life-Sciences Patents, Injury, Innovation and Social Licence

Assistant Professor Dr Bruce Baer Arnold, the University of Canberra

The Patent Dance: Biosimilars and the (Optional) Exchange of Information

Professor Jay Sanderson and Teddy Henriksen, the University of the Sunshine Coast

Bio-rights, Wetware and Bioethics – Intellectual Property in the Bioinformational Age.

Tess Watson, the University of Canberra

From the Population to the Personal: the Ethics of Market-driven Medical Innovation Regulation

Associate Professor Wendy Bonython, Bond University


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