[LINK] Firms to promote public sector IP
brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Jun 23 15:20:44 EST 2009
Firms to promote public sector IP
June 23, 2009
GLOBAL technology companies could be used to commercialise intellectual
property sitting inside government agencies following discussions
between Australian public sector technology chiefs, industry players and
a British technology expert.
The plan to commercialise government intellectual property is among the
first detail to trickle out of a gathering in Canberra a fortnight ago
that attracted more than 20 senior executives from industry and a
similar number of government officials.
The industry party featured multinational bosses including Microsoft
Australia managing director Tracey Fellows, Hewlett-Packard South
Pacific managing director Paul Brandling and Intel Australia and New
Zealand general manager Philip Cronin.
The public sector contingent was led by Australian Government
Information Management Office (AGIMO) chief information officer Ann
Steward and included many agency chief information officers, including
Centrelink's John Wadeson and the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship's Bob Correll.
The meeting was also attended by Intellect director-general John
Higgins, who leads the industry's representative body in Britain.
Mr Correll said a meeting between Mr Higgins and participants focused on
how the government could use the marketing firepower of the technology
sector to commercialise government intellectual property.
"Government agencies can tend to be strong warehouses of some of that
knowledge capital and have the ability to convert it into value-adding
products, but maybe they don't have the strength in the marketing of
those products," Mr Correll said. "That's where industry can add the
value in that area."
He also said there was a push to involve the technology industry at
earlier stages in the tender process so the final product or service
could solve a problem that existed in agencies.
"In the past the government has gone out for information or seeking
broad expressions of interest, but this could really put problems out
into the marketplace and get ideas in.
"The approach in the UK is a bit more orchestrated than that and can
involve workshops being conducted with a select group of potential
suppliers who have come off a nominated panel and want to participate.
"It's a bit early to say. There's certainly interest in seeing whether
that sort of an approach can work sensibly with commonwealth procurement
Immigration is in the final stages of a multi-million-dollar technology
transformation project and Mr Correll says there is an opportunity to
spin off some intellectual property within his own department in the
area of visa processing.
"Visas are processed all around the world," he said. "What we're using
here is not just something that can be produced in Australia but
anywhere around the world.
"We're developing a key product with significant value that can then be
potentially sold more widely. That takes you into the intellectual
"That doesn't have to be a software product, it could be things drawing
into research material or drawing solutions to problems."
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