Fleming's Nurseries' 'Zee Sweet' program was set up to provide a sustainable revenue stream for breeders of fruit varieties. It has become a model for production-based royalty programs internationally, and Fleming's is now a key player in the plant breeder's rights (PBR) system.
Brisbane-based UniQuest is Australia’s leading university commercialising entity, managing the intellectual property of The University of Queensland. It benchmarks in the top 10 percent globally for university-based technology transfer offices. Transfer of technology from academia to industry is vital to Australia's economy.
Attila Kapitany is passionate about plants. He has travelled the globe in search of unusual species, and when the perfect plant doesn't exist - he designs one.
In a year when his beloved succulents were dying in the harsh Aussie summer, Attila decided to breed a plant that could withstand extreme climatic conditions.
Aortic aneurysms are one of the leading causes of death in many industrialised countries including Australia and the United States of America. They occur when a segment of the aorta, (the body's largest artery that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs) becomes weakened and bulges. If left untreated, the bulge could expand over time and even rupture - a potentially fatal event.
The company: Seed Genetics Australia
Getting higher seed yields - and making more money as a result - has been a Holy Grail for growers. Through his company Seed Genetics Australia (SGA), former CSIRO scientist Dr Ross Downes is turning it into a reality.
The variety: 'White Cabernet Sauvignon' syn Shalistin
The South Australian grape variety 'Shalistin' is making a name for itself on the international wine scene. As the only white variety of cabernet sauvignon, it is unique.
The plant: 'Angel' sulfonylurea-resistant legume
The 'Angel' cultivar is a world first in pasture legumes - it is resistant to sulfonylurea (SU) herbicide soil residues that can hamper crop growth.
It may feel like you’re traversing a minefield in cross country skis when you go to register your trade mark but it really shouldn’t be a difficult process, says IP Australia examiner Alexandra Ashcroft, particularly if you complete your application properly the first time round.
Design examiners are often the first point of contact for many of the most ingenious innovations originating in Australia. They were among the first to see Speedo’s Fastskin suit for example and the technical drawings for the new shape of the 2003 Holden Monaro.
Patented in 1996, WLAN, or WiFi as it is commonly known, is now installed in an estimated five billion devices such as laptops, phones, cameras and games consoles. On 24 November 2013 the CSIRO confirmed that all of their WiFi patents have finally expired.