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Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute

About us

The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)  is an internationally renowned research institution in intellectual property law and related areas of commercial law. 

QMIPRI is part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and is based at the postgraduate law centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.

The Weston Papers: intellectual property law and the origins of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London

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Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute members

QMIPRI members and visiting staff are regular speakers at international conferences and have acted as advisers for many international organisations such as WIPO, UNCTAD, the European Parliament, the European Patent Office and the European Commission as well as for non-governmental organisations.

Research

QMIPRI research is carried out in all fields of intellectual property law, taking an international and comparative perspective. Around 30 to 40 PhD students complement the vibrant research culture. 

The Intellectual Property Archive at Queen Mary University of London is one of the finest specialist intellectual property collections in Europe, with significant contributions from the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).

The Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property publishes full-length articles as well as analysis pieces and case reports.

Teaching

Our members teach on the London and Paris LLM programmes, as well as specialist intellectual property programmes: Certificate in Intellectual Property law, MSc in Intellectual Property Management, LLM in Intellectual Property Law and the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice.

Events

Professor Gustavo Ghidini (Emeritus Professor, University of Milan; Professor of IP and Competition, University LUISS, Rome) and Professor Duncan Matthews (Director of QMIPRI) at the QMIPRI Lecture Series event “Developing and Least-Developed Countries and Intellectual Property Rights” delivered by Professor Ghidini on 19 November 2019
Professor Gustavo Ghidini (Emeritus Professor, University of Milan; Professor of IP and Competition, University LUISS, Rome) and Professor Duncan Matthews (Director of QMIPRI) at the QMIPRI Lecture Series event “Developing and Least-Developed Countries and Intellectual Property Rights” delivered by Professor Ghidini on 19 November 2019

QMIPRI hosts a number of events each year, including the annual Herchel Smith Intellectual Property Lecture, as well as a programme of seminars and IP research cafes.

EIPIN

QMIPRI is a founding member of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN), which was established in 1999 to facilitate and increase cooperation among IP institutions and students in Europe.

Herchel Smith

Dr Herchel Smith's endowments to Queen Mary University of London continue to fund the Herchel Smith Chair in Intellectual Property, a number of student scholarships and the annual Herchel Smith public lecture in intellectual property. Along with CIPA, Dr Herchel Smith was instrumental in the creation of the Intellectual Property Archive at QMUL.

WIPO

Pictured at the WIPO Signing Ceremony: Professor Duncan Matthews (Director of QMIPRI), Professor Spyros Maniatis (former Director of CCLS), Dr Francis Gurry (Director General of WIPO), Dr Karen Lee Rata (Head of Academic Institutions and Executive Programmes, WIPO Academy) and Mohammed Abderraouf Bdioui (Senior Counsellor, WIPO Academy)
Pictured at the WIPO Signing Ceremony: Professor Duncan Matthews (Director of QMIPRI), Professor Spyros Maniatis (former Director of CCLS), Dr Francis Gurry (Director General of WIPO), Dr Karen Lee Rata (Head of Academic Institutions and Executive Programmes, WIPO Academy) and Mohammed Abderraouf Bdioui (Senior Counsellor, WIPO Academy)

In November 2014 Professor Duncan Matthews, on behalf of QMIPRI, and Professor Spyros Maniatis, on behalf of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), travelled to Geneva to sign a landmark Cooperation Agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Under the terms of the Cooperation Agreement CCLS, through QMIPRI, provides WIPO with legal expertise and contributes to WIPO training activities for the benefit of developing countries. QMIPRI also has Observer status at the WIPO, granted by the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO at the request of the Secretariat. As such, QMIPRI is entitled to attend and make interventions at WIPO meetings.

Alumni

Our Alumni continue to be a valuable part of the QMIPRI community. Read here what made their time at QMIPRI and CCLS so rewarding.