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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute members
QMIIPRI members and visiting staff are regular speakers at international conferences and have acted as advisors 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.
- Professor Duncan Matthews, Director of QMIPRI and Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Dr Gaetano Dimita, Deputy Director of QMIPRI and Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Peter Drahos, Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Dr Gail E Evans, Reader in International Trade and Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property
- Professor David Musker, Professor of International Design Law
- Dr Noam Shemtov, Reader in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
- Professor Uma Suthersanen, Professor of International Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Guido Westkamp, Professor of Intellectual Property and Comparative Law
QMUL and WIPO sign landmark agreement to cooperate in IP teaching and research
QMIPRI visiting faculty
- Dr Gillian Davies, Hogarth Chambers
- Professor Spyros Maniatis, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
- Professor Alison Firth, Visiting Professor, University of Sussex
- John Hull, Consultant in Intellectual Property Law
- Professor Philip Johnson, Cardiff University
- Gadi Oron, Director General of the International Confederation of Authors’ Societies (CISAC)
- Gary J Rinkerman, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP (USA)
- Gwilym Roberts, Kilburn & Strode, Visiting Professor
- Dr Gordon Wright, Visiting Professor.
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.
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.