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Amanda-Jane George

Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Senior Lecturer in Innovation & Intellectual Property Law, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia

AJ is a lawyer and academic with a passion for innovation and intellectual property (IP), and facilitating IP literacy - both in business and in higher education.

During her time at top tier firms Mallesons and Clayton Utz, and McCullough Robertson Lawyers, she advised both global and national firms as well as government. This experience gives her teaching 'real world' relevance.

AJ has developed and taught cutting edge undergraduate and postgraduate IP courses at Group of Eight universities and regional universities, from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Biosciences, School of Business, School of Pharmacy and the Law School; to QUT's Business School. She now teaches at CQUniversity's College of Law, which was Australia's first fully-online accredited law degree program.

AJ's qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Laws (Bond University) (JFKearney Gold Medal, Una Prentice Award),
- Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) (London, Queen Mary & Westfield) (Derby-Bryce Prize)
- PhD in Australian patent law (University of Queensland).

Her PhD publications in patent law/fair basis have been cited by the Australian High Court and the Australian Patents Office in its Manual of Practice & Procedure.

Specialties: International intellectual property law, Licensing and Commercialisation, Contracts and Competition Law.

Research interests: innovation policy, intellectual property, relational contracting, human-centred and design thinking.

Member: Licensing Executives Society of Australia & New Zealand, Queensland Law Society.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer, CQUniversity College of Law, Criminology & Justice
  • 2020–present
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator, CQUniversity School of Business and Law
  • 2009–2012
    Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2007–2008
    Chief Investigator, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2000–2005
    Lecturer, University of Queensland


  • 2003 
    University of Queensland, PhD (Law)
  • 1999 
    University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College), LLM (Intellectual Property)
  • 1996 
    Bond University, LLB (1st Hons)


  • 2021
    Addressing Australia’s collaboration ‘problem’: Is there a Brave New World of innovation policy post COVID-19?, (2021) 80(2) Australian Journal of Public Administration 179. Early open access view:
  • 2021
    Addressing Australia’s collaboration ‘problem’: Is there a Brave New World of innovation policy post COVID-19?, (2021) 80(2) Australian Journal of Public Administration 179. Early open access view:
  • 2020
    Forty Years of FOI: Accountability, Policy-making and The National Innovation and Science Agenda, (2020) 31 Public Law Review 189
  • 2019
    Utmost Good Faith and Accountability in the Spotlight of the Banking Royal Commission – Time to Revisit the Scope, Applicability and Enforcement of the Duty, (2019) 47(3) Australian Business Law Review 148.
  • 2018
    Third Party Litigation Funding in Australia: More External Regulation and/or Enhanced Judicial Supervision?, 36(3) Companies and Securities Law Journal 262.
  • 2013
    A fork in the Australian road? Ownership of patented employee inventions., European Intellectual Property Review, 35(4), pp. 191-198.
  • 2012
    "Fair" government contracts for community service provision: time to curb unfettered executive freedom?, Australian Journal of Administrative Law, 19(1), pp. 19-33.
  • 2011
    Government community service contracts: restraining abuse of power. , Public Law Review, 22(4), pp. 279-297.
  • 2010
    Faculty and employee ownership of inventions in Australia., Nature Biotechnology, 28(10), pp. 1019-1022.
  • 2010
    Source of concern for IT purchasing decisions., Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, 23(5), pp. 101-104.
  • 2010
    Publication Preview Source What's good for the goose? Benchmarking government-nonprofit contracting with the government's own standards, Paper presented at the ARNOVA Conference, Arlington, VA, November 2010
  • 2009
    ‘The Open Source Conundrum’, (2009) June Proctor 33.
  • 2008
    ‘What’s mine is my own: employed academics’ patent ownership’, (2008) 21(2) IP Law Bulletin 18.
  • 2006
    ‘Who’s the bigger McBrat? When trade mark protection strategies overstep the mark’, [2006] 1 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 751, at
  • 2005
    Does the fair basing "problem child" escape Lockwood? , Australian Intellectual Property Journal, 16, pp. 210-231.
  • 2005
    Locking away the mysteries of fair basis: Lockwood v Doric in the High Court. , Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, 18(2), pp. 30-32.
  • 2004
    Australia experiments with 'experimental use' exemption. , Nature Biotechnology, 22(8), pp. 1023-1025.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Growing a Culture of Collaboration in Australia
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Central Queensland University
  • 2010
    Fairness in Government-Nonprofit Relations
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Queensland University of Technology

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Other Law And Legal Studies (1899)
  • Other Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (1599)