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Professor Duncan Matthews receiving his honorary award from CIPA President, Matt Dixon. Professor Duncan Matthews receives Honorary Membership of CIPA
20 February 2024

Duncan Matthews has been made a lifetime Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) in recognition of his contribution to the patent profession over the past two decades.

Photos of Professor Duncan Matthews and Professor Noam Shemtov side by side New Directors appointed at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute
18 January 2024

Professor Noam Shemtov and Professor Duncan Matthews take over from Professor Uma Suthersanen, who concluded her successful term as QMIPRI Director in December 2023.

ChatGPT welcome screen on a laptop Professor Shemtov interviewed for CNN's Quest Means Business
5 January 2024

The interview concerned the recently filed New York Times’ lawsuit against OpenAI.

Professor Duncan Matthews receiving his award from Professor Frances Bowen Professor Matthews receives Queen Mary HSS International Contribution Award
21 December 2023

Professor Duncan Matthews was recognised for his British Academy funded research project on the role of intellectual property (IP) licensing practices in the production and supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

QMIPRI Design Law Reform Seminar
14 December 2023

QMIPRI hosted a design law reform seminar: Global Moves Towards Design Law Reform on Monday 11th December with speakers Jeff Lloyd from the UK IPO, Visiting Fellow Dr. Tyrone Berger and Professor David Musker QMIPRI. 

Solar panels on the roof of a building with skyscrapers in the background. QMIPRI Annual Conference 2023: Intellectual Property and Sustainable Living
2 November 2023

The conference took place over two days with each day being centered around a specific theme.

Professor Noam Shemtov giving a presentation Queen Mary law academic named as a leading voice in tech
19 September 2023

Professor Noam Shemtov has been chosen by the European Patent Office (EPO) to feature on their prestigious list of “50 Leading Tech Voices”; a list of 50 celebrated international experts in the field of sustainable innovation throughout the years.

Cody Wong receiving his award for the essay prize from Professor Duncan Matthews White & Black award second annual Queen Mary LLM essay prize in European and US Law of Patents to Cody Wong
30 August 2023

Oxford based law firm White & Black has awarded the second annual prize for best essay in LLM European and US Law of Patents 2022-23 for students studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London to Cody Wong.

Professor Noam Shemtov interviewed by influential design and architecture magazine, Dezeen
30 August 2023

Professor Noam Shemtov recently gave an interview to Dezeen, widely considered as the world's most influential design and architecture magazine. 

He discusses the complications that AI could soon expose for designers and architects with copyright claims.

A digital watercolour of Big Ben along the River Thames in London AI exposes designers and architects to copyright complications say experts
29 August 2023

Professor Noam Shemtov speaks to Dezeen about how artificial intelligence will impact designers and architects.

QMIPRI Conference 23 banner QMIPRI Conference 2023 - September 14-15th
3 July 2023

Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, presents a two-day research conference investigating the crucial and divergent narratives on the role of intellectual property law and theory in promoting a sustainable world.

Andrea Rizzi Andrea Rizzi: In Memoriam
19 June 2023

Top interactive entertainment lawyer, CCLS alumnus and visiting lecturer Andrea Rizzi has regrettably passed away prematurely on 3 April 2023.

Some schematics and a wrench Striking a balance: Researchers urge Ukraine Government to weigh long-term implications of secret patents post-war
17 May 2023

Newly published research paper ‘The War in Ukraine Raises Questions About Patents for Secret Inventions’ calls for the Ukraine Government to consider the long-term implications of keeping patented inventions secret once the conflict ends.

Vials of the covid-19 vaccine Queen Mary academic awarded prestigious funding on the role of IP in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and supply
3 May 2023

Intellectual property law expert in Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law has been awarded highly competitive grant from the British Academy to support ground-breaking work on the role of intellectual property (IP) in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and supply.

Image [from L to R]: Mr. Akindeji Adenipo Aremu (Permanent Mission of Nigeria to UN); Professor Graham Dutfield (Univ of Leeds/QMIPRI Fellow); Prof Chidi Oguamanam (Univ of Ottawa/representing Nigeria and the African Group); Professor Suthersanen (CCLS/ representing QMIPRI); Mr. Christoph Spennemann (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property) Professor Suthersanen discusses genetic resources and traditional Knowledge for WIPO
2 March 2023

Professor Uma Suthersanen  was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to join the Ad Hoc Experts’ Committee for the 46th inter-governmental committee meeting on traditional knowledge (and associated genetic resources) and traditional cultural expressions.

Dr Michaela MacDonald to speak at an event on IP and the Metaverse in March
6 February 2023

Dr MacDonald will be speaking at a UCL's seminar as an expert on IP and the Metaverse.

A field of wheat The British Academy funds research at Queen Mary on patent governance for agricultural genome editing technologies
1 February 2023

The British Academy has awarded funding for a two-year research project examining the patent governance of agricultural genome editing in the UK, the EU and Ukraine. The research will be undertaken by Professor Duncan Matthews and Dr Hanna Ostapenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), who will investigate the implications of patent governance for global food security and sustainability.

A padlock circled by stars of the EU flag hovering above a map of Europe Professor Jonathan Griffiths co-authors paper on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
26 January 2023

This paper addresses a few selected aspects of the implementation of the new mandatory exceptions provided under Articles 3 to 7 of the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market (Directive (EU) 2019/790).

UK Design Law at the Crossroads
9 November 2022

Director of QMIPRI Professor Uma Suthersanen to be part of an expert panel debating the future of UK design law at UCL on 23 November 2022.

A graphic of a woman with a red web over her face The Bruce Willis Deepfake Is Everyone’s Problem
17 October 2022

Professor Johanna Gibson comments on the Bruce Willis Deepfake for Wired.

Person holding a video game controller in their hands on their lap IP is the name of the game: First global study into copyright infringement and enforcement strategies in the video game industry reveals key threats and recommendations
10 October 2022

The study, involving researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Bristol, is critical in the face of an industry that is growing and evolving at a rapid pace.

A screen of code Professor Noam Shemtov to speak at an events on Artificial Intelligence in September
2 September 2022

Professor Shemtov is due to speak as an expert in patent law and AI at two events.

(left to right) Professor Duncan Matthews. (QMIPRI), Nika Videtic (LLM student 2021-22), Tom Carver (Partner at White & Black) Oxford based law firm White & Black award prize for best Queen Mary LLM essay in European and US Law of Patents
1 July 2022

Oxford based law firm White & Black has announced that it will be sponsoring an annual prize for best essay in LLM European and US Law of Patents for students studying at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London.

A screen of code Queen Mary academics and graduate discuss intellectual property law in the Financial Times
16 June 2022

Professor Duncan Matthews, Professor Noam Shemtov and graduate Olga Gurgula discuss critical issues in the world of IP law in the FT’s 'special reports' on IP series, including Ukraine medicine IP waivers.

More Than Just a Game, 2022
2 May 2022

The Power of Games and Interactive Entertainment

IELR Celebrates 5th Anniversary
8 March 2022

The Editorial Board also celebrated women contributors of the journal on IWD.  

Stars in the Milky Way galaxy Professor Johanna Gibson comments on Star Trek: Discovery's move to Paramount+
23 November 2021

The article, featured on Wired, looks at what this means for the future of streaming

Uma Suthersanen in black and white Professor Uma Suthersanen receives European Communities Trade Mark Association Award 2021
1 November 2021

The award was given for a paper on 'An Autonomous EU Functionality Doctrine for Shape Exclusions'.

Guan H Tang profile image Dr Guan H. Tang discusses AI, and Social Media, Copyright and Censorship at academic conferences
7 September 2021

The conferences were hosted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Intellectual Property Institute at Fordham Law School.

A row of Covid-19 vaccine vials with syringes Professor Duncan Matthews comments on a Covid-19 IP waiver and pandemic preparedness
27 July 2021

Professor Matthews was interviewed by Pharma Technology Focus and Aljazeera.

Person wearing headphones crossing the street 'It's a Crazy Issue' – The Bizarre World of Scam Audiobooks
22 April 2021

Professor Johanna Gibson was featured in Vice 

Guan H Tang profile image QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Dr Guan H. Tang
18 March 2021

In the seventh part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Dr Guan H. Tang, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law (Asia).

A fan art recreation of the Simpsons house Could The Simpsons replace its voice actors with AI deepfakes?
8 March 2021

Professor Johanna Gibson was featured in Wired discussing the law around deepfake technology.

Professor Johanna Gibson QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Professor Johanna Gibson
26 February 2021

In the sixth part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Professor Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law.

Jonathan Griffiths wearing a shirt and jacket QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Professor Jonathan Griffiths
15 January 2021

In the fifth part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Professor Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law.

Professor Uma Suthersanen in a magenta top QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Professor Uma Suthersanen
15 January 2021

In the fourth part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Professor Uma Suthersanen, Professor of Global Intellectual Property Law.

Lightbulb emitting a yellow light with a brain inside Professor Duncan Matthews comments on Covid-19 variant, patents and genome editing
4 January 2021

He was interviewed by Korean radio programme This Morning, and featured in WIPO Magazine.

Professor Uma Suthersanen in a magenta top QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Professor Uma Suthersanen
4 December 2020

In the fourth part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Professor Uma Suthersanen, Professor of Global Intellectual Property Law.

Black and white photo of J.A.L Sterling smiling standing next to a book case J.A.L. Sterling - In Memoriam
3 December 2020

17 April 1927 – 29 November 2020

Dr Noam Shemtov standing in front of a hedge QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Dr Noam Shemtov
10 November 2020

In the third part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Dr Noam Shemtov, Reader in IP and Technology Law.

Gaetano Dimita profile image QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Dr Gaetano Dimita
23 October 2020

In the second part of our series showcasing the research of members of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) we focus on Dr Gaetano Dimita, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law.

Professor Duncan Matthews profile image QMIPRI Spotlight Series: Professor Duncan Matthews
6 October 2020

Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) is an internationally renowned research institution in intellectual property and related areas of commercial law. Over the next few months we will be featuring members of QMIPRI and showcasing their research. In the first part of the series we focus on Professor Duncan Matthews, Director of QMIPRI.

A doctor administering an injection to a patient Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy: Professor Matthews writes in The Conversation
16 September 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which he argues that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a game changer and biopharma companies need to face up to a new reality.

Coronavirus sphere with red spikes QMIPRI and Covid-19 in the media
16 September 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews, Director of QMIPRI, has made a number of media appearances in which he has discussed the wide-ranging implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on Intellectual Property. 

CRISPR gene editing image Genome Editing and Patents
15 September 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews, Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, has convened a high-level expert working group on genome editing and patents.

Image courtesy of ESA Copernicus Sentinel 2 Building Trust in the Digital Economy - CCLS Partnership with ARGANS and the European Space Agency
7 September 2020

CCLS experts Professor Ian Walden, Dr Noam Shemtov and Dr Michaela MacDonald have joined ARGANS Ltd in a research project, commissioned by the European Space Agency, as a part of a continuous effort to stimulate innovation within the Earth Observation sector.

Sunrise over a lake On the Origin of CCLS by Means of CIPA Selection
2 September 2020

Malcolm Langley, Librarian of the Intellectual Property Archive, describes the lesser-known origins of CCLS with its initial inception in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

The unequal scramble for coronavirus vaccines – by the numbers
27 August 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews interviewed in Nature

The Red Square in Moscow with tourists walking around Would you be willing to take Russia's new coronavirus vaccine?
12 August 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews speaks about the need for safety approvals for Russia's new Covid-19 vaccine

Covid-19 vaccine nationalism and supply chain transparency
12 August 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews speaks to This Morning radio show in Seoul about Covid-19 vaccine nationalism

UK under pressure to make drug companies put public interest before profits in race for Covid-19 vaccine.
10 August 2020

Professor Duncan Matthews explains compulsory licensing and Crown Use in the i newspaper

St Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine Queen Mary launches international training programme for Ukrainian judges
31 July 2020

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London has started its intellectual property (IP) training programme for judges in Ukraine.

Male nurse wearing a medical mask, scrubs and cap holding a syringe The Conversation publishes article by Professor Duncan Matthews, addressing Covid-19, vaccine nationalism and lack of transparency in supply chain deals
27 July 2020

The Conversation has published an article by Professor Duncan Matthews, addressing Covid-19, vaccine nationalism and the lack of transparency in supply chain deals

Person selecting a show to watch on a streaming service Disney and chill
14 April 2020

Professor Johanna Gibson talks to Wired about Disney+, and how much control Disney now has on where and how it's shows can be watched

ISS above the earth CCLS partners with Argans Ltd to research IT infrastructure in Earth Observation
18 March 2020

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, in partnership with Argans Ltd (Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth Observation), has won a bid to carry out ground-breaking research for the European Space Agency

A still of the actor James Dean in the film east of Eden. Reanimating James Dean
25 November 2019

Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Professor Johanna Gibson appeared on BBC World Service to discuss the IP rights of World Wide XR, reanimating James Dean to use in productions.

A still of the actor James Dean in the film east of Eden. The messy legal scrap to bring celebrities back from the dead
17 November 2019

Professor Johanna Gibson comments on the trend of resurrecting dead celebrities whose image rights have expired for Wired

Image with half USA and half EU flags Queen Mary School of Law Doctoral Researcher wins prize for best paper
30 September 2019

The paper was authored by QMIPRI and Queen Mary University of London School of Law doctoral researcher Lucius Klobučník and Dr Li (Thomas) Lu, Assistant Professor at Shih Hsin University College of Law, Taiwan.

New book analyses competition law and intellectual property in China
2 April 2019

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris and Professor Spyros Maniatis co-edit this new volume published by Oxford University Press

Queen Mary leads on Intellectual Property training for China
1 March 2019

Senior Chinese officials from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) have this week completed a four-month training programme led by Professor Duncan Matthews, Director of Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute.

Professor Duncan Matthews invited as a keynote speaker at a Workshop on recent challenges in Pharmaceutical Markets
18 February 2019

 has been invited as a keynote speaker at the upcoming Workshop on Recent Challenges in Competition an IP in Pharmaceutical Markets by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

David Andrew Foster, Angeliki Papantoniou and Shane Burke QMUL PhD students Awarded 'Modern Law Review Scholarships
17 August 2015

Three QMUL PhD students, Shane Burke, David Andrew Foster and Angeliki Papantoniou, have been awarded scholarships by the Modern Law Review

Gaming image More than just a game: Interactive entertainment and intellectual property law
27 April 2015

On 24 April 2015, QMUL's Centre for Commercial Law Studies convened a group of legal experts to consider and examine issues around gaming an intellectual property law. In this article, Dr Gaetano Dimita, Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, sets out the many legal challenges that emerge from this growing and dynamic sector. 

Bookshop - Image credit - Furcifer pardalis Bottom 50 per cent of UK authors made less than £10,500 in 2013
21 April 2015

The median earnings of authors in the UK has fallen below the minimum wage, according to a survey of 2,500 writers, published by researchers at Queen Mary University of London.

Queen Mary LLM students compete in Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot
2 May 2014

Three LLM Students represented Queen Mary University of London at the 12th annual Intellectual Property Moot Competition at Oxford on 20 - 22 March 2014. The Queen Mary team was Filip Kufrin, Michael Laws and Severine Riviere Naidoo.

New Intellectual Property Journal launched by Queen Mary
13 April 2011

LLM in Intellectual Property, MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Certificate in Intellectual Property

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' research paper on “Patents in the Global Economy”, commissioned by the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) as independent evidence for UK government policy has been published by the Intellectual Property Office.

Dr Duncan Matthews appointed to the IPO Trade and Development Expert Advisory Group
27 January 2011

Dr Duncan Matthews was appointed to the Intellectual Property Office Trade and Development Expert Advisory Group in January 2011.

Jonathan Griffiths is participating in the Copyrights and Wrongs panel discussion as part of the Inside Out Festival on 27 October
19 October 2010

Jonathan Griffiths, who specialises in intellectual property law at the Queen Mary, University of London, is participating in a discussion on Copyrights and Wrongs at the British Society on 27 October.

Gavin Sutter ‘Where to now for English Libel Law?’
27 July 2010

Gavin Sutter, lecturer in Media Law at Queen Mary, comments on The Defamation Bill which is due to go before the committee approval in the House of Lords.

Intellectual Property Institute joins Queen Mary
10 May 2010

Queen Mary, University of London has entered a landmark agreement with the Intellectual Property Institute (IPI). The IPI now operates from the School of Law's Centre for Commercial Law Studies, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in collaboration with the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute (QMIPRI). 

£120,745 awarded for 'Beyond Text' research project
3 February 2010

Professor Uma Suthersanen has been awarded a grant of £120,745.00 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Small Grants (Beyond Text) Scheme.

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