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Interview with Matthew Rimmer

by | Jul 14, 2021 | Interviews,

Matthew Rimmer

Matthew Rimmer

Professor of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law at Queensland University of Technology

Key Topics:3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Intellectual Property, Innovation Law, Trade, Sustainable Development, Health Law, Access to Medicines
Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Business and Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, Indigenous Intellectual Property, and intellectual property and trade. He is undertaking research on intellectual property and 3D printing; the regulation of robotics and artificial intelligence; and intellectual property and public health (particularly looking at the coronavirus COVID-19). His work is archived at QUT ePrints, SSRN Abstracts, Bepress Selected Works, and Open Science Framework.
Matthew recently featured on Onalytica's Who's Who in Industry 4.0? report.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

Rimmer was a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on ‘Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing’ (2017-2021). This project aimed to provide guidance for industry and policy-makers about intellectual property, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and innovation policy. It will considered the evolution of 3D printing, and examined its implications for the creative industries, branding and marketing, manufacturing and robotics, clean technologies, health-care and the digital economy. The project examined how 3D printing disrupts copyright law, designs law, trade mark law, patent law and confidential information. The project provided practical advice about intellectual property management and commercialisation, and boost Australia’s capacity in advanced manufacturing and materials science. Along with Dinusha Mendis and Mark Lemley, Rimmer is the editor of the collection, 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2019).

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

Dr Rimmer has investigated a number of legal dimensions of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. In the area of intellectual property and 3D printing, he has explored copyright law, trade mark law, designs law, patent law, and trade secrets. Dr Rimmer has considered intellectual property registrations, litigation, and law reform as part of this work. He has also considered particular regulatory issues for 3D printing in the diverse fields of education, health care, environmental protection, product liability, and gun control. Dr Rimmer has recently been exploring the use of 3D printing and additive manufacturing during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Who influences you within these topics?

Dr Rimmer is part of an emerging field of researchers and scholars looking at the regulation of 3D printing. Notable leaders in this field include Dr Angela Daly, Professor Lucas Osborn, Professor Mark Lemley, Professor Dinusha Mendis, Professor Rosa Ballardini, and Professor Marcus Norrgard. As part of the ARC project, Dr Rimmer conducted interviews with practitioners in respect of 3D printing, and additive manufacturing. He has been engaged in fieldwork on makerspaces, fab labs, tech shops, Maker Faires, hackerspaces, innovation centres, hubs and accelerators; and has been conducting interviews with members of the Maker Movement.

What challenges are brands facing in this space?

As the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing matures, there has been a noticeable rise in litigation in the field between key players. There has also been a consolidation of the ownership of key technologies in the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, and much activity in relation to mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

3D printing and additive manufacturing can make significant contributions in the future to education, innovation, advanced manufacturing, health-care, and sustainable development.

What brands are leading the way in this space?

Dr Rimmer is particularly interested in the role of trade mark law and consumer law in respect of 3D printing.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Dr Rimmer likes to share his research and public policy work through podcasts, webinars, whitepaper, speaking opportunities, product innovation, and video interviews.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?


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