Intellectual Property and Public Health symposium

The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is hosting a one-day, in-person, symposium on intellectual property and public health on Friday, 8th December 2023.

This event is intended to explore the multi-dimensional topic of intellectual property and public health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It will cover the fields of trademark law, consumer protection, patent law, trade secrets, and data protection. The event will focus on high-profile public health issues in this field – including tobacco control; e-cigarette regulation; health and food labelling; greenwashing; access to essential medicines; and biotechnology patents. It will examine the role of intellectual property in the promotion of public health, nutrition, and sustainable development. This event will consider how intellectual property impacts upon health professionals – such as doctors, surgeons, and nurses – and their patients.


This symposium is a live in person event. While the event is free, registration is required for physical attendance of the event. Catering is limited, and only available for speakers. There will be no live zoom of the event, or archival recording of the event. A few international speakers will be delivering their talks by video.


  • 9.30am to 11.00am – Tobacco Control and e-Cigarette Regulation (Session one)
  • 11.00am to 11.30am – Morning tea
  • 11.30am to 1.00pm – Healthy Labelling (Session two)
  • 1.00pm to 1.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Access to Essential Medicines (Session three)
  • 3.00pm to 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Intellectual Property and Biomedicine (Session four)

Event details

Date: Friday, 9th December 2023
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm AEST
Location: The Gibson Room (Z Block, Level 10), QUT Gardens Point campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: Required for this in-person event. Register online.

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