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Australia Government Puts Intellectual Property Rights Online
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, October 09, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Australia
Created: Oct 15, 2014

The Australian government will soon publish all of its intellectual property (IP) rights data online so companies can easily search and find partners.


The information being made available comprises more than 350 million data points, including rights to patents, trademarks, designs and rights granted to the breeder of a new variety of flora. The data will be updated annually.


The government expects that the open data will help companies find each other more quickly to collaborate, build their product and get it to market, said Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry in a release.


“Placing IP rights data on the web in a way that is easily searchable will make it easier for business to come together to innovate, create jobs and boost our economy,” he said.


“The data includes information about IP rights applications that can be matched to individual firms along with information about their size, their technology and their geographic location.”


This location information also allows the government to map innovation and pinpoint exactly where new ideas have been developed in Australia, and by which companies.


Another advantage of this mapping is that it will be easier to identify where Australia’s growth sectors are, as IP rights can be linked with geospatial data and business information.


Australia is the first country to publish all IP rights data online.

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