Monday, 23 November 2015 17:13

Government backs Source IP to bridge gap between research & innovation


The federal government has put its support behind the launch of a new, central source of information sharing, licencing preferences and facilitating contact for intellectual property in Australia generated by the public research sector.

The federal Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, launched the new service – Source IP – developed by IP Australia, on Monday, saying that access to intellectual property generated by the public research sector in Australia will be easier for Australian businesses with the new digital intellectual property marketplace.

In launching Source IP, Roy said that research showed that public sector investment in research is relatively strong in Australia, especially the university sector, but that the 2015 Global Innovation Index reveals low levels of collaboration between research and the private sector.

“Australia’s A$9.7 billion annual public spending on research yields a research output that ranks us in the top eight in the world according to the 2015 World Economic Forum competitiveness rankings yet Australia currently ranks 25th in its capacity for innovation and commercialising ideas.   

“Source IP presents us with opportunities to bridge the gap between research and innovation by strengthening collaboration between publicly funded researchers and industry to drive innovation.

“Source IP, developed by IP Australia, serves as a free single portal for information sharing, licencing preferences and facilitating contact for intellectual property generated by the public research sector in Australia and directly supports the aim of putting innovation at the heart of our economic agenda.”

Roy said that Australia’s 40 university commercialisation/technology transfer offices host content on Source IP along with the Commonwealth organisations ANSTO, CSIRO, DST Group and NICTA (DATA61) – while Australia’s Medical Research Institutes will be contributing content as part of a second wave information release in December this year.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Deloitte, Ernst and Young and KPMG along with industry bodies like the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, State Business Councils/Chambers and the State Chief Scientists are also supporting Source IP.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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