Government Intellectual Property
The Department works to promote and implement the effective management of intellectual property by Government agencies. It also facilitates the commercialisation of this intellectual property in conjunction with the business community.
Western Australian Government resources are utilised in many innovative and creative activities aimed at finding new and improved solutions to meet the State’s needs. These activities may involve the development of new technologies, the application of existing technologies, scientific research, or other creative endeavours.
At the same time, valuable intellectual property assets may be generated including patentable inventions, copyright material, new plant varieties, valuable trade secrets, registered designs or trademarks.
The results of the innovation or creativity can potentially be used by public and private sector organisations in Australia or overseas or by the Western Australian community. This provides opportunities for the intellectual property to be utilised or commercialised for the benefit of Western Australians.
For more information refer to the following:
- Western Australian Government Intellectual Property Policy 2015 (PDF 151.5 KB)
- Review of the Western Australian Government Intellectual Property Policy 2012 (PDF 777 KB)
- WA Intellectual Property Case Studies
Encouraging Innovation by Government Agencies and Employees
The Government of Western Australia strives to provide efficient and effective services. To do this, leading agencies will innovate and create unique products, services, technologies and solutions. To encourage best management practices and innovation across the Western Australian Government, the Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, is developing a framework to encourage innovation. For details and progress email WAGovIP@commerce.wa.gov.au.
Until the new framework is developed and approved, the existing employee reward prorocedures continue to apply where an agency's legislation does not have explicit guidance.
The following legislation is applicable to intellectual property. For your convenience, links have been provided to the State Law Publisher for State legislation and the Australasian Legal Information Institute for Commonwealth legislation:
- Financial Management Act 2006 (WA)
- Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA)
- State Supply Commission Act 1991 (WA)
- State Trading Concerns (Authorisation) Amendment Regulations 1998 (WA)
- State Trading Concerns Act 1916 (WA)
- Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth)
- Patents Act 1990 (Cwlth)
- Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (Cwlth)
- Designs Act 2003 (Cwlth)
- Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (Cwlth)
- Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cwlth)
- Circuit Layouts Act 1989 (Cwlth)
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