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Report on National Innovation Review Released
Waltish 
10/9/08 12:51:28 AM
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Report on National Innovation Review Released
Published 9 September 2008 cc , foss , law , policy
Tags: floss, innovation, law, patents, policy

The Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has released the report it commissioned by Venturous Australia on the Review of the National Innovation System. I put together a submission for OSIA arguing that open source should be given much more prominence in national innovation priorities. The report has recognised the importance of collaboration, with at least one recommendation specifically in relation to open source.

Some relevant extracts include:

Intellectual property is also critical to the creation and successful use of new knowledge – particularly the ‘cumulative’ use of knowledge as an input to further, better knowledge. In this regard, particularly in new areas of patenting such as software and business methods, there is strong evidence that existing intellectual property arrangements are hampering innovation. To address this, the central design aspects of all intellectual property needs to be managed as an aspect of economic policy. Arguably, the current threshold of inventiveness for existing patents is also too low. The inventive steps required to qualify for patents should be considerable, and the resulting patents must be well defined, so as to minimise litigation and maximise the scope for subsequent innovators.

at page xii, recurring in recommendation 7.2

On the other hand, there is one area in which it is clear that there will be substantial spillovers from software development. Where firms develop open source software and donate the code from their development back to the open source project, this will generate clear spillovers for the rest of the community which will be able to access their developments. It is hard to think of a more straightforward case for government support. The Panel accordingly recommends that R&D on open source programs should qualify for the multiple sale test. Given the pervasiveness of positive spillovers, it may also be cost beneficial to relax somewhat the degree of technical risk required in relation to open source software.

(at page 109, see also recommendation 8.7)

Professional practitioners and beneficiaries of the IP system should be closely involved in IP policy making. However, IP policy is economic policy. It should make the same transition as competition policy did in the 1980s and 90s to being managed as such.

Australian governments should open publishing as far as possible. Material released for public information by Australian governments a creative commons licence.

To the maximum extent practicable, information, research and content funded by Australian governments – including national collections – should be made freely available over the internet as part of the global public commons. This should be done whilst the Australian Government encourages other countries to reciprocate by making their own contributions to the global digital pubic commons.
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It good to see that someone understands that there is much money to be saved and much public benefit to the use of open source, and is advising the Government of this {:)


Edited by Waltish: 10/9/2008 12:52:10 AM

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Virtuoso 
10/9/08 12:56:49 AM
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But it's a bit like free trade... It's only good if other people are doing it too.

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Waltish 
10/9/08 1:03:57 AM
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Its got to start somewhere, Its like a snowball rolling down a snowy slope it will get bigger as it rolls along {:))

But its not really like free trade, any one that does it gets the benefit, though the more that do it the more beneficial it gets as there would be more contributors {:)


Edited by Waltish: 10/9/2008 1:07:22 AM

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Kimmo 
10/9/08 1:15:41 AM
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Fingers crossed the people who need to see this aren't too stupid to recognise the bleeding bloody obvious...

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battlefield_gir 
10/9/08 1:33:30 AM
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You called.

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Virtuoso 
10/9/08 1:39:33 AM
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So how come the yanks are currently threatening to use the CSIRO's patented contribution to the Wireless N standard without any payments or royalties?

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battlefield_gir 
10/9/08 1:40:26 AM
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cause there barstards

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"There is no probl

Waltish 
10/9/08 1:43:10 AM
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Quote by battlefield_gir
cause there barstards



What he said ..... just cause robber barons and thugs steal, does not mean we should abandon our evolution };-)

But I am not sure what the development model was for that.

Like what was the agreement and what Licence were the contributions made under.

The CSIRO will have to fight in court to get their due it may cost a fortune and they might loose, and that is how large corporate thugs operate.

w


Edited by Waltish: 10/9/2008 4:03:14 AM

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Waltish 
10/9/08 3:44:18 AM
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OOPS I meant to edit the other one.


Edited by Waltish: 10/9/2008 4:01:42 AM

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Director 
10/9/08 7:10:31 AM
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" To address this, the central design aspects of all intellectual property needs to be managed as an aspect of economic policy."

orly?

I guess we all should know by now what THAT means?

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superfireydave 
10/9/08 7:44:48 AM
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Quote by Director
" To address this, the central design aspects of all intellectual property needs to be managed as an aspect of economic policy."

orly?

I guess we all should know by now what THAT means?


Seemed pretty straight forwards to me =|

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Athiril 
10/9/08 7:51:45 AM
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Quote by Virtuoso
So how come the yanks are currently threatening to use the CSIRO's patented contribution to the Wireless N standard without any payments or royalties?



We only have to respect and observe U.S. patents, not the other way around.

Silly alien.

We're only here for the American economy when we grow something strong outside of the U.S. for them to take it to reinforce their hollow concrete walls (concrete funds were embezzeled, oops!) of an economy.

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Director 
10/9/08 7:58:41 AM
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But who's going to press the point? They have WMD's and they aint araid to use 'em.

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