An audit tool for Intellectual Property management: IP management in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries
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Smart State is a Queensland Government initiative that recognises the central role of knowledge-based economic growth. In this context, the management ofintellectual property (IP) within Queensland and Australian government research and development agencies has changed dramatically over recent years. Increasing expectations have been placed on utilising public sector IP to both underpin economic development and augment taxes by generating new revenues. Public sector research and development (R&D) management has come under greater scrutiny to commercialise and/or corporatise their activities. In a study of IP management issues in the Queensland Public Sector we developed a framework to facilitate a holistic audit of IP management in government agencies. In this paper we describe this framework as it pertains to one large public sector Agriculture R&D Agency, the Queensland Department of Primary Industries IQDPI). The four overlapping domains of the framework are: IP Generation; IP Rights; IP Uptake; and Corporate IP Support. The audit within QDPI, conducted in 2000 near the outset ofSmart State, highlighted some well developed IP management practices within QDPI's traditional areas of focus of innovation liP Generation) and IP ownership and licensing liP Rights). However, further management practice developments are required to improve the domains of IP Uptake and Corporate IP Support.
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