Government Intellectual Property
Information on legislation applicable to intellectual property; Government intellectual property policy and best practice guidelines; and encouraging innovation by Government employees.
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 may be able to 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:
Encouraging Innovation by Government Employees - Procedures for the payment of monetory rewards to innovative Government Employees
The Encouraging Innovation by Government Employees - Procedures for the payment of monetory rewards to innovative Government Employees (PDF 176 kb) have been developed to provide direction to Government Agencies in the payment of monetory rewards to innovative Government employees under the Government Intellectual Property Policy 2003.
The following legislation is applicable to intellectual property. For your convenience links have been provided to State Law Publisher (www.slp.wa.gov.au/) for State legislation and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (www.austlii.edu.au/) for Commonwealth legislation:
- Financial Administration and Audit Act 1985 (WA)
- Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA)
- State Supply Commission Act 1991 (WA)
- State Trading Concerns Act 1916 (WA)
- Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth)
- Patents Act 1990 (Cwlth)
- Designs Act 1906 (Cwlth)
- Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (Cwlth)
- Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cwlth)
- Circuit Layouts Act 1989 (Cwlth).