Intellectual Property and the New Industrial Revolution: 3D Printing, Robotics, and Advanced Manufacturing

Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Public Event: Noon Lecture Series
Artificial intelligence

Intellectual property has been disrupted by the rise of a range of emerging technologies – including 3D printing, robotics, and advanced manufacturing. This presentation considers the challenges and opportunities presented by what some pundits call ‘the fourth industrial revolution’. This presentation first considers the rise of 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and the Internet of Things. It examines recent conflicts over copyright law and trade mark law – involving Katy Perry, the Left Shark, and the Maker Movement. This presentation then explores robotics law and policy – a growing field of jurisprudence. In particular, it focuses upon the legal conflict between Waymo and Uber over trade secrets, patent law, and autonomous vehicles. This talk also considers other developments in emerging technologies – such as AI and big data, materials science and nanotechnology, the life sciences, and clean technology. This presentation concludes that there is a need to realign intellectual property and innovation law in order to better address the development of advanced manufacturing.

The presentation will start at noon, and will be preceded by a light lunch starting at 11:30am. 

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Event Speaker

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a professor in intellectual property and innovation law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (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 IP IL).