Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Applied Intellectual Property Research Network (AIPRN)


Further Information

If you would like any further information about the Applied Intellectual Property Hub, or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
Law Link Ivy 

The Applied Intellectual Property Research Hub (AIPRH) has been established within the UWA Law School, 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, AIPRH 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.

AIPRH will examine the role of intellectual property in securing investment, technology transfer, trade and economic development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and its emergence as a foundation of the information age.

What Do We Do?


What Do We Do?

AIPRH may conduct collaborative research projects with other Law School Hubs and Centres.  Within the University of Western Australia, AIPRH will conduct collaborative research with the:

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

International Research Linkages

AIPRH 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
  • Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
  • Kerala Agricultural 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)
  • University of Ferrara
  • European University Institute, Florence

Visiting Scholars

If you are an academic or researcher who is not based in Western Australia, the UWA Law School hosts a number of Visiting Scholars each year. The AIPRH encourages applications from suitable applicants.

Consulting and Advice

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

The Future

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