Leanne is the Founder and Chair of the Australian Repair Network. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose policy-relevant research, at the intersection between IP law, data, new digital technologies, and the contracts that that accompany them, is addressing critical questions about the role that Intellectual Property plays in hindering or enabling access to new technologies.
Her interdisciplinary research on the significant legal challenges associated with the adoption of digital technologies within agriculture and the challenges that data ownership and access issues are causing within a range of broader industries has been recognised as world leading. Her current research focusses on balancing Intellectual Property rights with genuine access to information. Her ARC Future Fellowship project, “Unlocking Digital Innovation: Intellectual Property and the Right to Repair” is examining the emerging challenges that our software-embedded machines, devices and equipment are creating for individuals and society. Leanne has a particular interest in examining the Right to Repair movement through an exploration of the international legal, regulatory and policy responses within the automotive, agricultural, consumer electronics, medical device and assistive technologies sectors.
Leanne will be joining the Rights and Revolutions panel.