State-sponsored economic cyber-espionage for commercial purposes
This paper examines the current state practice of cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property (or economic cyber-espionage) for commercial purposes. In 2015, the members of the G20 agreed that no state should engage in or support that practice.
Developments in Web3 for the creative industries
Web3 is an online ecosystem based on blockchain technologies, involving peer-to-peer transactions and coordination tools. This report examines the what, why, who and where of Web3 for the cultural and creative industries, using examples from visual art, music and games.
State-sponsored economic cyberespionage and the risk to nations’ prosperity
In this briefing note, the authors conclude that the threat of state-sponsored economic cyber-espionage is more significant than ever, with countries industrialising their cyber-espionage efforts to target commercial firms and universities on a grand scale.
Western Australian government intellectual property policy review: discussion paper
The Western Australian intellectual property (IP) policy review aims to develop an outcomes-focused IP policy that reflects best practice and encourages innovation by the public sector and guide public sector agencies to create beneficial outcomes by developing and commercialising IP. This discussion paper outlines proposed...
Higher education research commercialisation intellectual property framework: practical guide
This guide is a resource for those undertaking transactions between universities and industry partners. The guide is based on Australian and international best practice, and draws upon guidance published by a wide range of trusted, publicly-available resources.
Money calls the shots: pharma's response to the COVID-19 vaccines crisis
This report argues that, despite receiving billions in public funding, a number of pharmaceutical companies are continuing to put their own business interests before their human rights responsibilities by creating barriers to fair access to their COVID-19 vaccines through their decisions not to share intellectual...
Virtual design rights across the world
Formal design rights protection for virtual designs is available in many international jurisdictions. To date, however, Australian legislation has not provided fully-enforceable protection for these designs. This report provides an analysis of the likely Australian demand for such protections.
TRIPS-past to TRIPS-plus: upholding the balance between exclusivity and access
A deadly global pandemic and other unique circumstances have combined to present the World Trade Organization (WTO) with an opportunity to modernize its rules for the trade-related aspects of intellectual property (IP) rights. This paper looks at the potential for reform of the Agreement on...
Right to repair: Productivity Commission draft report
This draft report assesses the case for a right to repair in Australia, with a focus on whether consumers face any unnecessary barriers to repair that require a government policy response.
Quantifying trade secret theft: policy implications
Trade secret theft is estimated to cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually. As a result, governments worldwide are developing legislation to mitigate these losses. This paper looks at the growing importance of trade secrets globally, corporations’ responsibilities to protect their trade secrets, and how...
Indigenous Knowledge consultation paper
In this consultation paper, Intellectual Property (IP) Australia aims to enhance Australia’s IP system to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to benefit from and protect their Indigenous Knowledge.
An international intellectual property and digital trade strategy for Canada
To remain competitive on a global scale, Canada needs to enhance its domestic intellectual property (IP) and digital trade strategies with an international approach that can respond to constantly changing global economic conditions.
Protocols for using First Nations cultural and intellectual property in the arts
This protocol guide spells out clearly the legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material in arts and cultural projects.
Consultation paper on growing the Indigenous visual arts industry
This paper includes information on activities the federal government is currently undertaking to support artists, art centres and the industry, and asks questions of the sector to inform future activities, especially considering the full long-term effects of COVID-19.
The impact of design rights on Australian firms
IP Australia commissioned researchers at the Centre for Transformative Innovation to assess the impact of past policy changes and whether Australia’s design rights system is providing incentives for Australians to invest in design. This report outlines the research findings.
An overview of legal instruments and other measures to aid in the protection and valuation of Indigenous knowledge
This paper reviews the instruments and other measures relevant to supporting the protection of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in Australia, with the intention of identifying ways to estimate the market value attributable to IK.
Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector
These guidelines have been developed for, and in partnership with, the Australian university sector, to help manage and engage with risk to deepen resillience against foreign interference. They are designed to build on risk management policies and security practices already implemented by many Australian universities.
Using SDGs to leverage national intellectual property strategies
This policy brief deals with the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the creation, use, protection and management of intellectual property (IP) in developed economies.
Emerging technologies and managing the risk of tech transfer to China
There are deep interconnections between the U.S. and Chinese economies, and China has built its technology base on what it has acquired from the West. This report outlines the policy tools that the United States can use to mitigate risk while maintaining the openness that...
To sell or scale up: Canada’s patent strategy in a knowledge economy
This study examines the role of patents and patent policy in Canadian innovators’ decisions to sell their intellectual property (IP), rather than continue to develop it in Canada, and the incentives driving this decision.
Protection of Indigenous Knowledge in the intellectual property system: consultation report
IP Australia is looking at ways the intellectual property system can better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to protect and benefit from their Indigenous knowledge. This report provides a summary record of the feedback received through recent roundtables, written submissions, and an online...
Modelling the possible returns to the NHS from private sector use of the 100K genomes database
This paper discusses why this is a particular moment for the NHS and Genomics England (GE), as they structure the commercial relationships with companies accessing the 100K Genomes database.
The data-driven economy: implications for Canada’s economic strategy
This paper outlines several features of the data-driven economy that have a significant impact on economic policy frameworks.
Explainer: our copyright laws and the Australian Aboriginal flag
Reports that two Aboriginal-owned businesses and the AFL have received cease and desist warnings over their use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing have left many Australians surprised and confused.
Copyright provisions in trade deals: a bird’s-eye view
The purpose of this policy brief is to identify global trends created by the aggregate number of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) with copyright provisions, and to identify their key features.