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Friday, 07 May 2010 14:45

AIIA welcomes Government decision on IT suppliers' IPR

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The AIIA has hailed as "a major breakthrough for the ICT industry" a decision by the Federal Government to establish a default position in favour of ICT suppliers owning the IP for software developed under contract with any Financial Management and Accountability Act agency.

"This is a very strong outcome for the ICT industry, particularly SMEs, and one that AIIA has worked hard to secure for many years," said AIIA CEO, Ian Birks. "When a software company retains ownership of IP, it encourages the commercialisation of IP across the ICT sector and fosters a competitive culture of innovation. This outcome will provide immediate and long-term returns to both government and the ICT industry."

In 2009, AIIA says it was involved in detailed negotiations with Attorney General's in which the experience of members was analysed and shared. "The Association facilitated Federal Government consultation with the Victorian Government on the implementation of similar principles in that State, and the positive outcomes that resulted."

The changes will take effect for all contracts negotiated from 1 October 2010. The Australian Government Statement of IP Principles will be shortly be amended to include the new principle, along with the Australian Government Intellectual Property Manual.

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