The type of inventions that can be patented in the future is the focus of a new report by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

The Advisory Council is an independent body that undertakes important reviews of key aspects of the IP system, including patents, trade marks and designs.

Key recommendations of the report include:

  • codifying the established principles of patentability – so that an invention must be an artificially created state of affairs in the field of economic endeavour
  • maintaining the current exclusion from patentability of human beings and biological processes for their generation – but not introducing any further specific exclusions
  • introducing a general exclusion from patentability of inventions whose commercial exploitation would be wholly offensive to the Australian public.

The Australian Government has announced funding for priority adaptation research into preparing Australia for the impacts of climate change.

The NSW Government has announced funding of $16 million for two major medical research initiatives.

The University of Tasmania, CSIRO’s Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) are to jointly to establish a new Research Centre in Food Innovation at Stottsdale in Tasmania.

The Australian National Institute for Public Policy launched at the Australian National University today unites the strengths of a world-leading public service and a world-class university.

The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC), established by the Federal Government to provide a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct, is now open for business.

The University of Queensland has been appointed lead agent for the Australian Government’s $50 million Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project.

A new Industry Doctoral Training Centre  (IDTC) has been established by the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities to foster professional skills among mathematics researchers and help them launch their careers in industry.

The Australian Research Council’s national report on Excellence in Research for Australia, 2010, has been released, providing an assessment of the quality of research conducted in Australian universities.

The Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI), a joint initiative between the NSW Government and research organisations CSIRO and NICTA (National ICT Australia), has been launched in Marsfield, NSW.

Funding of $100 million has been announced for four new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in the 13th round of the program.

Six new appointments have been made to the ARC Advisory Council, the panel that provides strategic and policy advice to the Australian Research Council.

The Federal Government’s R&D Tax Credit legislation will come up before the Senate when Parliament resumes in February.

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