The Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) was established in March 2002 as an initiative of IP Australia. IPRIA was established to increase the understanding, creation, use and exploitation of intellectual property by Australian organisations and individuals. Today, it is a leading network of scholars that works closely with industry and government on issues critical to all varieties of IP rights, creativity and innovation.
The Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) was established in March 2002 as an initiative of IP Australia. IPRIA was established to increase the understanding, creation, use and exploitation of intellectual property by Australian organisations and individuals. The focus is to move understanding and engagement with intellectual property from a technical to a strategic consideration. Intellectual property in this context is broader than formal intellectual property rights and includes the management of knowledge, personnel and intangible assets.
The Institute is a collaborative research centre located at the University of Melbourne that has received significant funding from IP Australia. The core faculties are the Melbourne Law School, Melbourne Business School and the Faculty of Business and Economics.
IPRIA's objectives are to:
- support and generate development of high-level public policy in relation to intellectual property issues;
- optimise the protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property by all Australian stakeholders, including research institutions, public and private sector interests; and
- help create an informed environment for, and contribute to, on-going public debate in Australia about intellectual property issues and related matters, including innovation policy and economic growth.
We currently have a team of Director, Deputy Director and administrator located at Melbourne Law School.View
We work with a number of Associates from the Melbourne Law School, Melbourne Business School and the Faculty of Business and Economics as well as external research partners.View
- Advisory Board
The Advisory Board represents the key external stakeholders in IPRIA.View
Creators’ Rights: Visiting Fellowships for early career scholars at Melbourne Law School
THE IPRIA FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
IPRIA Annual Reports provide details about the many achievements, events and research activities undertaken at the Institute.
There are two main avenues for research visitors to IPRIA: through teaching in the specialist teaching program in the Melbourne Law Masters, or taking part in the Visiting Scholar Program. IPRIA welcomes proposals from academics and practitioners in all areas of intellectual property, including interdisciplinary work drawing on a wide range of social and cultural research.
Designs Law and Practice.
Design within Australia and how Australia compares to its international peers
A joint research project of IP Australia, and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) at The University of Melbourne.
IPRIA runs a series of seminars, conferences, workshops and roundtables throughout the year. For an overview of our recent events follow the link below.
The Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) has opened applications for funded visiting Fellowships to be held across the calendar years of 2020 and 2021.
Application details can be found here
IPRIA staff, and faculty members associated with the centre and institute, teach in the degree programs of Melbourne Law School and supervise research students.
The Melbourne JD
Melbourne Law School is Australia's first law school and with experience gained over 150 years continues to be a leader and innovator in teaching the next generation of skilled legal professionals.
Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD equips graduates with the analytical skills and intellectual maturity to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations.
Graduating with a law degree from world-renowned Melbourne Law School means that wherever your career takes you, your degree will be recognised as exceptional - both nationally and internationally.
JD students will:
- Join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other's education.
- Build skills for employment in the 21st century by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work.
- Be a part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates.
- Have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures, and participate in cultural events, moots and art competitions.
- Build a network for life through connections to your student peers, Law School alumni, mentors and university staff.
The Melbourne JD is taught over six semesters under the standard three-year structure, with options for flexible study (subject to appovla by the Law School). The curriculum is designed specifically for graduate students, with opportunities to study new and emerging areas of law in a range of specialised topics available as an elective from the Melbourne Law School Masters program. The JD comprises 24 subjects, of which 17 are compulsory. You'll find here comprehensive information on all subjects, how to select subjects for the current year and re-enrol, plus current timetables.
Melbourne Law Masters
The Melbourne Law Masters is a postgraduate law program of the highest quality that is available for both law and selected non-law graduates.
A suite of general and specialist masters degrees and graduate diplomas offer the opportunity to study at one of the finest law schools in the world. Distinctive features of the Melbourne Law Masters include the expertise of the teaching staff, small class sizes, a diverse student body, a rich blend of national and international perspectives, support services tailored to the needs of graduate students, excellent facilities and an extraordinary range of subjects at the cutting edge of developments in law and legal thinking.
Master of Intellectual Property Law
Melbourne Law School's specialisation in intellectual property (IP) is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP law programs in the world. Its extensive range of challenging, cutting-edge subjects covers the spectrum of IP protection regimes, and are both practically focused and theoretically rigorous. The majority of the specialisation's subjects are accredited by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys (PSB). This program is ideal for those seeking accreditation as a patent and/or trade marks attorney, as well as for those seeking to develop or expand their expertise in intellectual property law generally.
Graduate Research Degrees
The IPRIA welcomes students interested in undertaking a research in a range of legal areas, including media, communications, intellectual property, journalism, contempt, privacy, art and law, and law and economics. The IPRIA may be available to supervise sociological, doctrinal, law and economics, theoretical and empirical research papers.
If you are interested in undertaking a Graduate Research Degree with the IPRIA, please contact us to discuss your proposal.
IPRIA teach in a number of breadth subjects;
Events @ IPRIA were paused during the first half of 2020 due to COVID.
A brief history of previous events.
- Centre Administrator Hamish Carr
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