IP at Queen Mary, University of London
The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) is an established focus for research into all aspects of intellectual property law and policy. Researchers are able to take advantage of our new location in the heart of one of the world's major industrial and commercial centres to examine the contribution of intellectual property to industrial innovation, technology transfer, global trade and economic development. The emergence of intellectual property as a foundation of the information age and its role in securing the diverse benefits of the new digital technologies in industry and commerce are further areas of research. A related focus is the cultural role of intellectual property and its application to new constituencies.
QMIPRI is a part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. CCLS is the focal point in the UK for teaching and research in commercial law, a field in which it enjoys an international reputation. It is also a forum for testing new ideas and exchanging information, views and expertise amongst academics, practitioners and those engaged in finance, commerce and industry. CCLS is well placed for these activities as its proximity to the City of London, one of the leading financial centres in the world, affords ready access to a wide range of specialist institutions and practitioners.
The establishment of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London was possible thanks to the generous endowment of a Chair in Industrial Property by Dr Herchel Smith. A distinguished chemist and successful patentee, Dr Smith subsequently funded additional posts and a scholarship scheme for graduates.