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Professor Duncan Matthews, BSc (Hons), MA (Warwick), LLM (Exeter), PhD (London)

Professor of Intellectual Property Law

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Duncan Matthews

Professor Duncan Matthews is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He has held academic positions as a lecturer in law at the University of Warwick and as a research fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, also at the University of Warwick. He has worked as a researcher at a policy think-tank (the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London) and as an EU lobbyist.

He has acted as an advisor to: Directorate General Trade of the European Commission; the ECAP II EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme; the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the European Parliament Committee on International Trade; the European Patent Office (EPO); the UK Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP); and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Expert Advisory Group on Trade and Development.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Education Committee and also worked with the Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development (MIHR) on an IP Handbook of Best Practices. He is co-founder of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN).


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Research interests:

Duncan Matthews has held Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research grants on NGOs, Intellectual Property Rights and Multilateral Institutions and on The Determinants of Intellectual Property Management in UK Companies. His research interests include: the TRIPS Agreement and access to medicines; patents for pharmaceuticals; technical assistance and TRIPS flexibilities; free trade agreements and intellectual property rights; the WIPO Development Agenda; and the global politics of intellectual property. He is currently working on a book project on IP and the Life Sciences in collaboration with Professor Herbert Zech (University of Basel, Switzerland).


Publications Since 2001

Other Selected Publications

PhD Supervision

Doctoral Research Student Supervision

Duncan Matthews has supervised the following doctoral research students:

  • Alex Magaisa - Knowledge Protection in Indigenous Communities - The case of indigenous medical knowledge systems in Zimbabwe (completed 2005).
  • Mukhamad-Ali Kurmanbayev - An Analysis of the Development of Copyright Law and Practices in Kazakhstan (completed 2006).
  • Muriel Lightbourne - The FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Towards Food Security, Conservation, Equity? (completed 2007, Herchel Smith scholarship).
  • Fazeel Najeeb – IP-Related Technical Assistance: Lessons for developing countries (completed March 2011; Commonwealth scholarship).
  • Jerry Hsiao – Patent Protection for Chinese Traditional Medicines in Taiwan (completed November 2009).
  • Claudio Chiarolla – Development Perspectives on the FAO International Treaty’s Multilateral System (completed December 2009; Herchel Smith scholarship).
  • Rong He – An Empirical Study on the Interaction between Patent, Innovation and Public Health: case of China (completed September 2012; Wellcome Trust scholarship).
  • Burcu Kilic – Boosting Pharmaceutical Innovation in the Post-TRIPS era: The Real LIfe Lessons for the Developing World (completed January 2011; Queen Mary School of Law scholarship).
  • Tenu Avafia – Public Health Related TRIPS Flexibilities and South-South Co-operation as Enablers of Treatment Access in Eastern and Southern Africa: Perspectives from Producing and Importing Countries (completed March 2015).
  • Celucolo Peter Dludlu - Comparative study of substantive patentability standards in the UK and South Africa (completed March 2014; Herchel Smith scholarship).
  • Vivian Mak – Analysis of DNA Patenting and its Impact on Developing Nations (completed November 2014; Queen Mary School of Law scholarship).
  • Marta Diaz Pozo: The Role of the Requirement of Industrial Application in Gene Patenting: Practical Implications and Potential Impact on the Progress of Innovation (completed May 2015; Herchel Smith scholarship).
  • Olga Gurgula - Strategic Patenting in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Analysing the Boundaries of Legality from a Competition Law Perspective (commenced September 2013; Herchel Smith scholarship).
  • Emanuela Gambini: Imagined Nature. Intellectual Property of Biotech Inventions (commenced January 2014, Herchel Smith scholarship).

Public engagement

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