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Applied Intellectual Property Research Network (AIPRN)


Further Information

If you would like any further information about the AIPRN, or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
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The Applied Intellectual Property Research Network (AIPRN) has been established within the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia, as a focus for advanced research into applied intellectual property law and policy.

Taking advantage of its location in one of the world's major centres of agriculture, biodiversity, medical research and technology, mining and resources and technological innovation, AIPRN conducts advanced research into the contribution of intellectual property to: agricultural and industrial innovation; bioprospecting and indigenous rights; design, creative arts and the cultural industries; digital technologies; climate change and environmental innovations; genomic patenting and the medical sciences; biomedical materials; innovations in complementary medicine; cultural creativity and the protection of traditional cultural expression.

AIPRN will examine the role of intellectual property in securing investment, technology transfer, trade and economic development and its emergence as a foundation of the information age.


UWA Collaborations

AIPRN will conduct collaborative research projects with Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Crime Research Centre and the Consumer Research Unit within the Faculty of Law. Within the University of Western Australia, AIPRN will conduct collaborative research with the:

  • Institute of Agriculture; International Centre for Plant Breeding and Education
  • Centre for Ecohydrology
  • UWA Oceans Institute
  • Schools of Indigenous Studies and Forensic Sciences.

International Research Linkages

AIPRN has established research linkages with equivalent institutions around the world including:


  • Cairo University
  • Pretoria University
  • University of Botswana
  • University of Mauritius
  • University of South Africa


  • Beijing University
  • Chinese University, Hong Kong
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • Delhi University
  • Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta
  • Nanyang University, Singapore
  • National University, Singapore
  • Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh
  • University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Vietnam National University, Hanoi
  • Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City

North America

  • Center for Intellectual Property, Drake University
  • Duke University, North Carolina
  • Fordham University, New York
  • New York Law School
  • Tulane University


  • Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg)
  • Centre for International Communications and Art Law, University of Lucerne
  • Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)
  • Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation, Maastricht University
  • Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, University of Augsburg)


Researchers within the AIPRN also teach within the intellectual property and related courses offered by the UWA Faculty of Law. These include:

Undergraduate (LLB) units

  • LAWS3338  Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • LAWS3339  Intellectual Property: Creative Rights

Postgraduate units

  • LAWS8583  Industrial and Intellectual Property I
  • LAWS8584  Industrial and Intellectual Property II
  • LAWS5621  Food Laws and Regulation
  • LAWS5211  Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy

Undergraduate units (New Courses)

  • LAWS2221  Creative Expression and the Law
  • LAWS3308  Marketing, Management and the Law

The AIPRN is currently working with the University to consider the introduction of new courses and units with the objective of offering a Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, a Master of Laws (Intellectual Property), and a combination of units sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Professional Standards Board for registration as a trade mark attorney.

Visiting Lecturers and Fellows

If you are an academic or researcher who is not based in Western Australia, please note that the UWA Faculty of Law hosts a number of Visiting Scholars each year. The AIPRN encourages applications from suitable academics and researchers. UWA visiting scholar program; Policy No. UP07/178

Consulting and Advice

The research capacity of AIPRN is enhanced by providing consultancy and advisory services to industry, government, international organizations and to the professions.

The Future

The AIPRN is seeking funding for research grants, postgraduate scholarships and for the appointment of Senior Research Fellows from industry, government and the intellectual property professions.