Presented by Mr Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia

Presented by Mr Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia. Image sourced from Innovation and Science Australia. 

Members of Australia’s innovation community gathered in Melbourne and Sydney last week as Mr Bill Ferris AC delivered the tenth Francis Gurry Lecture Series on intellectual property (IP).

Mr Ferris candidly shared his views on the innovation landscape in Australia, giving an analysis and recommendations on our collective triumphs and shortcomings, including:

  • Australia’s capacity for innovation given our world record for 26 years of unbroken economic growth
  • The importance of a robust IP system as a key facilitator of successful innovation
  • Intellectual property as a highly valuable commodity for international trade, on par with iron ore and oil
  • Closing the divide between industry and research with reference to Innovation and Science Australia’s 2030 strategic plan
  • Celebrating historic Australian inventions such as penicillin, the black box flight recorder, polymer bank notes, cochlear implant and Wi-Fi.

Mr Ferris presenting the lecture at Melbourne Law School. 

The lecture series is held in honour of Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and distinguished Melbourne Law School alumnus.

Previous presenters include Pippa Hall, Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office and The Honourable Mr Justice Birss, Judge of the High Court of England and Wales.

IP Australia proudly supports the event held by Melbourne Law School in conjunction with The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.

For those who were unable to attend, the lecture is available to read and watch online.

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7 September 2018