The QPILCH/QUT Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic was launched on Thursday 17 June 2010 at the historic Old Government House on QUT’s Gardenspoint Campus.
The launch commenced with a welcome to country sung by Maroochy Barambah, song woman for the Turrbal people. Maroochy is an internationally renowned performer and storyteller.
The Chief Justice of Queensland, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, then officially launched the IP and Technology Law Clinic. Chief Justice de Jersey is the patron of QPILCH.
Speeches were also given by Joanne Rennick, President of QPILCH, Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International and Development) at QUT, and Professor Brian Fitzgerald of the QUT Faculty of Law, who founded the IP and Technology Law Clinic. In his speech, Professor Fitzgerald noted the growing importance of the digital realm to artists and creators:
“One of the things the Clinic aims to do that is truly unique is to provide a pro bono legal service for those creators who are involved with the digital realm. Our researchers, combined with legal practitioners, provide a tremendous platform for understanding and advising on key issues of the digital online world. It goes without saying that many artists and creators – not all, but many – now engage with the online environment and this aspect is becoming more prominent in the legal issues that arise.”
The speeches finished with Clinic coordinators Kylie Pappalardo and Cheryl Foong thanking all who had made the QPILCH/QUT IP and Technology Law Clinic possible – QUT, through the QUT Engagement Innovation Grants and through the support of QUT academics, QPILCH, the volunteer legal advisors, the law firms that have agreed to form the pro bono referral panel and the arts organisations that have supported the Clinic.
In addition to the speakers, distinguished guests at the launch included Justices Greenwood and Logan of the Federal Court of Australia, Justice White of the Queensland Court of Appeal, Justice McGill of the District Court, former Queensland Attorney General Linda Lavarch, QUT Deputy Vice Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) Professor Tom Cochrane and Acting Dean of QUT Faculty of Law Associate Professor Allan Chay. They were joined by legal practitioners from the Queensland Bar and from law firms both large and small in Brisbane, QUT law and creative industries academics, QUT law students, representatives from arts organisations and from government, and creators. The audience at the launch reflected the reach of the Clinic, which brings together four key groups – a university (QUT), a community legal centre (QPILCH), the legal profession and the creative and technology communities.
The launch concluded with a special guest performance by the band, WheeleR. WheeleR is a band of three young brothers, who were early clients of the IP and Technology Law Clinic.