Title Steady growth in intellectual property applications.
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Date 09-07-2008
Author CARR, Sen Kim
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Cover date Wednesday, 9 July 2008
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Steady growth in intellectual property applications.

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, says Australian intellectual property applications have grown steadily since 1999.

"Activity concerning intellectual property (IP) protection is one of the few measurable indicators of innovation across a range of industries", Senator Carr said.

Releasing an Australian Government IP scorecard, Senator Carr said that although the figures showed steady growth in Australian innovation, Australia still lagged behind on a global basis.

"Boosting local innovation is one sure way to create competitive advantage in a globalised economy – and Australia’s innovation effort in recent years has been ordinary," Senator Carr said.

"This scorecard shows that with the right innovation policy settings we can turn around some of the negatives, including boosting our relatively low levels of business investment in R&D and forging stronger links between public researchers and industry.

"It's also shown that we are recognising the importance of niche areas that have huge potential to create competitive advantage."

Medical engineering has replaced transport as one of the top five technology patenting areas in Australia since the first scorecard was created in 2006

More recently, the handling and printing technology areas have overtaken civil engineering, building and mining which have traditionally been Australia's leading area of technological advantage in terms of patenting intensity.

"The scorecard shows Australia has improved in terms of patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, up from 12th in 2004 to 10th in 2006," Senator Carr said.

"The overall ranking of Australians receiving patent grants by the European Patent Office (EPO) remains the same in 2006 as in 2004 at 17th but the number of patents granted to Australians by the EPO grew by 77.5 per cent between 2002 and 2006.

"This is encouraging, but it also shows that we need to work harder – not simply to keep our place in the rankings – but to improve it because our international competitors are working hard on developing new innovation.

"One of the reasons I instigated the Review of the National Innovation System is to ensure that

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

09 Jul 2008

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Australian innovators are able to meet the challenges being thrown down in a highly competitive global environment."

To download a copy of the Intellectual Property Scorecard click here.

Media contact: Catriona Jackson, Minister's Office, 0417 142 238

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