2018.07.26 - The Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement and Brexit

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Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus

2 George St

Brisbane, Queensland 4000

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Please join the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Program for a symposium that will focus on intellectual property, trade, and innovation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. It will build upon our past events on international trade, looking at the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Firstly, it will consider the debate over Brexit, and its implications for intellectual property and trade for the European Union and the United Kingdom. As the work of Dreyfuss and Dinwoodie has shown, there has been concern about a ‘great unraveling’. It will consider the suggestion that the United Kingdom could join the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the wake of Brexit – in spite of its geographical distance from the Pacific Rim.

Secondly, it will consider the Australian European Free Trade Agreement, and outstanding controversies in respect of intellectual property, trade and investment. In particular, it will examine the conflicts over geographical indications relating to Prosecco – which has been a flashpoint in the negotiations. It will also explore potential joint collaboration on research, development and innovation between Australia and the European Union.

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Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Prof. Kowalkiewicz has spent the last ten years working with small and large businesses, governments and individuals in Australia, Singapore and Silicon Valley. He has been helping them to address challenges and identify opportunities brought by the digital economy. Marek is a Professor in Digital Economy at QUT, a board member, and a startup founder. He is passionate about understanding how trends in business, technology, and communities change the way we live, work, and think.

Dr Ben Wellings

Dr Ben Wellings is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations, and the Deputy-director of the Monash European and EU Centre in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Dr Wellings is an expert on Brexit and the politics of nationalism and Euroscepticism in contemporary Europe. He was educated at the University of Sussex, Edinburgh University and the Australian National University. He has worked in the House of Commons and for a public affairs company in Edinburgh advising clients on the impact of Scottish devolution, as an assistant curator at the National Museum of Australia and as a merchant seaman on the English Channel.

Dr Rita Matulionyte

Rita is a lecturer at the Newcastle Law School and an associated senior researcher at the Law Institute of Lithuania, with a research focus on intellectual property law, especially copyright and creative industries. After accomplishing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Germany) in 2010, she worked as a lecturer at the University of Hannover (Germany), had a post-doc at Kyushu University (Japan), and was a deputy director of the Law Institute of Lithuania. She has a list of over 30 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in in the area of copyright law and creative industries, has produced reports for governmental organisations (European Patent Office, European Commission, the Government of South Korea, the Government of Lithuania) and has been invited to speak at conferences in countries such as the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Professor Matthew Rimmer

Dr Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, QUT. He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program (QUT IPIL). Matthew has published works on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property. He is currently working on research on intellectual property, the creative industries, and 3D printing; intellectual property and public health; and intellectual property and trade, looking at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement.

Dr Alexandra George

Dr Alexandra George joined the UNSW Law Faculty in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and at the University of Sydney. Dr Alexandra has practised as an intellectual property and media lawyer, was Associate to Justice MF Moore in the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, and worked in journalism at Reuters.

Alexandra’s research focuses on international intellectual property and the philosophy of IP law. Her recent publications examine issues of jurisdiction and enforcement in international intellectual property law, including the intellectual property implications of Brexit. Her research also examines issues such as the metaphysics and structure of intellectual property law, and ‘property’ concepts in the commodification of intangible objects.

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Gibson Room

Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus

2 George St

Brisbane, Queensland 4000

Australia

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