Duncan Matthews is the immediate past Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (2019-2021) and a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He has acted as an advisor to the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Commission, the European Parliament, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). He is asked regularly to provide consultancy advice on patent matters both in the UK and abroad.
He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, (Canberra, ACT) and the University of Verona (Italy) and teaches as an international expert on the WIPO LLM Programme at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and on the WIPO Summer Schools at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and Huazhong University of Science & Technology (Wuhan, People’s Republic of China). He has also taught at the Humbolt University of Berlin and the University of Freiburg (both Germany) and the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (People’s Republic of China). He has delivered public lectures at São Paulo University (Brazil), the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus, Jamaica), at the University of London in Paris (ULIP, France).
He is the author of over 60 publications on intellectual property law and is co-editor of the Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences. He teaches European, U.S and international patent law to postgraduate law students and he is an expert on the patent provisions of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). His research interests include: intellectual property responses to Covid-19, the relationship between competition law and patent law, the role of patents in the governance of genome editing technologies, IP responses to Covid-19, intellectual property law in China, and the law and practice of the Unified Patent Court of the European Union.
Most recently he has been leading an international team of researchers investigating the role of patents and licences for the governance of human genome editing with Professor Abbe Brown (University of Aberdeen), Dr. Emanuela Gambini (Queen Mary University of London), Professor Timo Minssen (University of Copenhagen), Dr. Ana Nordberg (Lund University), Professor Jacob S. Sherkow (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Dr. Jakob Wested (University of Copenhagen), Professor Esther van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp) and Dr. Aisling McMahon (National University of Ireland, Maynooth). The research team provided expertise to the WHO International Advisory Committee on the Governance of Human Genome Editing and was acknowledged in the WHO Expert Advisory Committees’ final reports in July 2021.
He is interviewed regularly by international media outlets including the Financial Times, The Wire, Fortune, Pharma Technology Focus and Aljazeera.
He is currently co-editing (with Professor Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham) a Handbook on European Patent Law, which will be published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH in late 2023.
- SOLM076 European and U.S. Law of Patents
- SOLM077 International Law of Patents and Related Rights
- SOLM093 Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences
- SOLM098 Law and Practice of the Unified Patent Court
- CCLP076 European and U.S. Law of Patents (Paris LLM)
- CCLP077 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (Paris LLM)
Duncan Matthews has been the Principal Investigator for the following UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) projects: (1) NGOs, Intellectual Property Rights and Multilateral Institutions (2) Determinants of Intellectual Property Management in UK Companies, (3) Company Responses to European Environmental Law.
His current research interests include: intellectual property responses to the Covid-19 pandemic; the relationship between competition law, intellectual property and access to medicines; the regulation of CRISPR gene editing technologies, intellectual property law in China, and the law and practice of the Unified Patent Court.
- The Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons for the European Patent System  Duncan Matthews, Queen Mary Law Research Paper No. 377/2022.
- Access to CRISPR Genome Editing Technologies: Patents, Human Rights and the Public Interest  in Carlos M Correa and Reto M Hilty (eds.) Access to Medicines and Vaccines: Implementing Flexibilities Under Intellectual Property Law, Springer Nature, pages 105-133, eBook ISBN 978-3-030-83114-1, Print ISBN 978-3-030-83113-4.
- The Role of Patents and Licensing in the Governance of Human Genome Editing: A White Paper  co-authored with Abbe Brown, Emanuela Gambini, Timo Minssen, Ana Nordberg, Jacob S. Sherkow, Jakob Wested, Esther van Zimmeren and Aisling McMahon, Queen Mary Law Research Paper No. 364/2021
- Access to CRISPR Genome Editing Technologies: Patents, Human Rights and the Public Interest  Queen Mary Law Research Paper No. 332/2020
- ‘Intellectual Property Courts in China’,  in Competition Law and Intellectual Property in China and the ASEAN, Spyros Maniatis, Ioannis Kokkoris and Wang Xiaoye (Editors), Oxford University Press, pp. 76-100, ISBN 978 -0-19-879352-6.
- ‘Exclusivity for Biologics’ in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences  Duncan Matthews and Herbert Zech (Editors), Edward Elgar, pp. 104-117, ISBN 978 178347 944
- ‘Patenting Strategies and Competition Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector: Implications for Access to Medicines’  European Review of Intellectual Property, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 661-667, ISSN: 0142-0461
- 'The Right to Health and Patents'  Christoph Geiger (Editor) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar, pp. 496-512, ISBN 9781783472413
- When Framing Meets Law: Using Human Rights as a Practical Instrument to Facilitate Access to Medicines in Developing Countries  in Gustavo Ghidini, Rudolph J.R. Peritz and Marco Ricolfi (Editors) TRIPS and Developing Countries: Towards a New IP World Order?, Edward Elgar, pp. 12-38, ISBN 9781849804851
- The Rise and Fall of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): Lessons for the European Union  (Co-author with P. Žikovská) IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law: Vol. 44, Issue 6, pages 626-655, ISSN 0018-9855
- Negotiating the IP Chapter of an EU–US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Let’s Not Repeat Past Mistakes  IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law: Vol. 44, Issue 5, pages 491-493, ISSN 0018-9855
- Counterfeiting and Public Heath  in C. Geiger (Editor) Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research, Edward Elgar, pp. 42-58, ISBN: 9781849801461
- NGO Coalitions and the Global Access to Medicines Campaign  in J. Howell (Editor) Global Matters for Non-Governmental Public Action, Palgrave, pp. 66-92, ISBN: 9780230290358
- The Doha Declaration Ten Years on and Its Impact on Access to Medicines and the Right to Health (Co-author with C. Correa)  New York: United Nations Development Programme
- When Framing Meets Law: Using human rights as a practical instrument to facilitate access to medicines in developing countries , The WIPO Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pages 113-127, ISSN: 2041-2029
- Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Development, The Role of NGOs and Social Movements, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011, 273, ISBN 9781 84720 785 2
- Patents in the Global Economy  , report to the UK Government’s Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP)
- The Lisbon Treaty, Trade Agreements and the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights , European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 104-112, ISSN: 0142-0461
- Intellectual Property Rights, Human Rights and the Right to Health  in W. Grosheide (Editor) Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights: A Paradox, ISBN: 9781848444478
- The Fight Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Bilateral Trade Agreements of the EU  European Parliament Briefing Paper
- Intellectual Property Rights and Multilateral Institutions (Co-author with V. Munoz-Tellez) in  V. Desai and R. Potter (Editors) The Companion to Development Studies, 2nd Edition, London: Hodder Arnold, 563-567, ISBN: 0340889144.
- The Role of International NGOs in the Intellectual Property Policy-Making and Norm-Setting Activities of Multilateral Institutions  82,3 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1369-1386, ISSN: ISSN: 0009-3599
- Lessons from Negotiating an Amendment to the TRIPS Agreement: Compulsory Licensing and Access to Medicines  in G. Westkamp (ed.) Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 222-249, ISBN: 978-1-84542-775-7
- Parallel Trade: A User's Guide (Co-author with V. Munoz-Tellez) in  MIHR/PIPRA Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices 1429-1434, ISBN: 978-1-4243-2027-1
- Bilateral Technical Assistance and TRIPS: the United States, Japan and the European Communities in Comparative Perspective (Co-author with V. Munoz-Tellez)  9(6) Journal of World Intellectual Property 629-653, ISSN: 1422-2213
- From the August 30, 2003 WTO Decision to the December 6, 2005 Agreemement on an Amendment to TRIPS: Improving Access to Medicines in Developing Countries?  10 Intellectual Property Quarterly 91-130, ISSN: 1364-906X
- TRIPS Flexibilities and Access to Medicines in Developing Countries: The Problem with Technical Assistance and Free Trade Agreements  27(11) European Intellectual Property Review 420-427, ISSN: 0142-0461
- Is History Repeating Itself? The Outcome of Negotiations on Access to Medicines, the HIV/AIDS Pandemic and Intellectual Property Rights in the World Trade Organisation  1 Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal (LGD), ISSN: 1467-0437
- The WTO Decision on Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPs Agreement and Public Health: A Solution to the Access to Essential Medicines Problem?  7(1) Journal of International Economic Law 73-107, ISSN: 1369-3034
- A Strategic Approach to Managing Intellectual Property (Co-author with J. Pickering and J. Kirkland) in R. Blackburn (Editor), Intellectual Property and Innovation Management in Small Firms, London: Routledge, 2003, 35-54, ISBN: 0415228840
- Globalising Intellectual Property Rights: The TRIPs Agreement, London: Routledge, 2002, 216, ISBN: 041522327X
- Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: Will the Uruguay Round Consensus Hold?, Coventry: Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation Working Paper No. 99/02, 2002.
Other Selected Publications
- Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences  Duncan Matthews and Herbert Zech (Editors), Edward Elgar, ISBN 978 178347 944
- The Effectiveness of European Union Environmental Policy (Co-author with W. Grant and P. Newell), Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, 248, ISBN: 0333730666.
Doctoral Research Student Supervision
Duncan Matthews has supervised the following doctoral research students:
- Alex Magaisa - Knowledge Protection in Indigenous Communities - The case of indigenous medical knowledge systems in Zimbabwe (completed 2005).
- Mukhamad-Ali Kurmanbayev - An Analysis of the Development of Copyright Law and Practices in Kazakhstan (completed 2006).
- Muriel Lightbourne - The FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Towards Food Security, Conservation, Equity? (completed 2007, Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Fazeel Najeeb – IP-Related Technical Assistance: Lessons for developing countries (completed March 2011; Commonwealth scholarship).
- Jerry Hsiao – Patent Protection for Chinese Traditional Medicines in Taiwan (completed November 2009).
- Claudio Chiarolla – Development Perspectives on the FAO International Treaty’s Multilateral System (completed December 2009; Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Rong He – An Empirical Study on the Interaction between Patent, Innovation and Public Health: case of China (completed September 2012; Wellcome Trust scholarship).
- Burcu Kilic – Boosting Pharmaceutical Innovation in the Post-TRIPS era: The Real LIfe Lessons for the Developing World (completed January 2011; Queen Mary School of Law scholarship).
- Tenu Avafia – Public Health Related TRIPS Flexibilities and South-South Co-operation as Enablers of Treatment Access in Eastern and Southern Africa: Perspectives from Producing and Importing Countries (completed March 2015).
- Celucolo Peter Dludlu - Comparative study of substantive patentability standards in the UK and South Africa (completed March 2014; Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Vivian Mak – Analysis of DNA Patenting and its Impact on Developing Nations (completed November 2014; Queen Mary School of Law scholarship).
- Marta Diaz Pozo - The Role of the Requirement of Industrial Application in Gene Patenting: Practical Implications and Potential Impact on the Progress of Innovation (completed May 2015; Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Mauricio Guaragna - Stimulating Innovation in Brazil: A Study of Intellectual Property Law, Biotechnology and Open Scientific Innovation (completed December 2016).
- Emanuela Gambini: Imagined Nature. Intellectual Property of Biotech Inventions (completed August 2018, Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Olga Gurgula - Strategic Patenting in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Analysing the Boundaries of Legality from a Competition Law Perspective (completed December 2018; Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Michaela Halpern - Arbitrating Standard Essential Patent Licensing Disputes (completed July 2021; Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Maciej Padamczyk - Determining the adequate degree of legal protection for emerging biotechnologies: Developing new eligibility criteria and morality-based exclusions for patent protection of emerging biotechnologies (commenced September 2021, Herchel Smith scholarship).
- Professor Duncan Matthews is immediate past Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI).
- Professor Duncan Matthews comments on ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement by Germany and Slovenia
1 October 2021
- Professor Duncan Matthews comments on a Covid-19 IP waiver and pandemic preparedness
27 July 2021
- Financial Times publishes Opinion on the IP Waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, co-authored by Professor Duncan Matthews
18 June 2021
- Professor Duncan Matthews interviewed on South Korean radio about an IP waiver for vaccine procurement
12 May 2021
- Professor Duncan Matthews comments on Covid-19 variant, patents and genome editing
4 January 2021
- Covid-19 vaccine distribution: Professor Matthews interviewed in The Wire
6 October 2020
- Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy: Professor Matthews writes in The Conversation
16 September 2020
- The unequal scramble for coronavirus vaccines – by the numbers
27 August 2020
- Would you be willing to take Russia's new coronavirus vaccine?
12 August 2020
- Covid-19 vaccine nationalism and supply chain transparency
12 August 2020
- The Conversation publishes article by Professor Duncan Matthews, addressing Covid-19, vaccine nationalism and lack of transparency in supply chain deals
27 July 2020
- Professor Duncan Matthews speaks at Beijing symposium on Judicial Enforcement of Intellectual Property
27 January 2020
- Prof. Matthews speaking on patents and competition policy at IP congress in Nashville
13 May 2019
- Prof. Matthews to speak at IP Conference in Geneva
13 May 2019
- QM speakers participating at the 7th International IP Congress
13 May 2019
- New book analyses competition law and intellectual property in China
2 April 2019
- Queen Mary leads on Intellectual Property training for China
1 March 2019
- Professor Duncan Matthews invited as keynote speaker at OECD Workshop on Recent Challenges in Competition an IP in Pharmaceutical Markets
26 February 2019
- Professor Duncan Matthews appointed as Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)
18 February 2019
- Professor Duncan Matthews delivers the QMUL/Sorbonne LLM Paris Opening Lecture at the Sorbonne
22 January 2018
- CCLS launches the the biannual Commercial Law in China Series
22 December 2016
- QMUL collaborates with United Nations and The Lancet on access to medicines
17 March 2016
- CCLS co-organises Global Dialogue on Promoting Innovation and Access to Medicines, Vaccines, Diagnostics and Related Health Technologies
2 March 2016
- Professor Duncan Matthews is co-organising an international conference on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences
4 September 2015
- Professor Duncan Matthews speaks at EU-China roundtable in Brussels
7 July 2015
- Professor Duncan Matthews speaks at EU-China Intellectual Property Forum, Renmin University
21 May 2015
- Professor Duncan Matthews visits Masaryk University in Czech Republic
30 April 2015
- Professor Duncan Matthews hosts international conference on Preparing for the Unitary Patent Package
18 December 2014
- Professor Matthews and Professor Suthersanen welcome Chinese delegation from Southwest University of Political Science and Law to CCLS
2 December 2014
- CCLS and WIPO sign landmark agreement to cooperate in IP teaching and research
1 December 2014
- Chinese patent office delegates visit London
15 July 2014
- Professor Duncan Matthews speaks on Intellectual Property at Melbourne Law School
14 July 2014
- Professor Duncan Matthews speaks on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for access to medicines at the Australian National University
14 May 2014
- Professor Matthews speaks to Polish patent attorneys on prospects for the EU Unitary Patent Package
29 October 2013
- Professor Matthews welcomes Chinese delegation to London
11 October 2013
- Professor Matthews speaks on the new realities of the intellectual property system
12 September 2013
- Professor Duncan Matthews spoke at the Boundaries of Intellectual Property in Life Sciences conference in Basel
15 March 2013
- Professor Duncan Matthews on IP and the role of NGOs in promoting access to medicines in developing countries
22 February 2013
- Professor Duncan Matthews spoke on IP and Human Rights at the AU Washington College of Law
21 February 2013
- Implementation of a Unitary Patent in the EU - Conference 29-30 November
28 August 2012
- Professor Duncan Matthews receives recognition for his advice to HM Government on Intellectual Property, Trade and Development Policy
21 May 2012
- Professor Matthews to speak about patent law teaching at the OPEM in Madrid and the EPO in Vienna
26 September 2011
- Dr Duncan Matthews appointed by UN Development Programme to report on impact of WTO Doha Declaration on millennium development goals
18 July 2011
- Dr Duncan Matthews' new book published 'Intellectual Property, Human Rights And Development The Role of NGOs and Social Movements'
23 February 2011
- Dr Duncan Matthews' research paper on “Patents in the Global Economy”, commissioned by the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP)
31 January 2011
- Dr Duncan Matthews appointed to the IPO Trade and Development Expert Advisory Group
27 January 2011