Date of Publication: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This report analyses the intellectual property (IP) rights holdings of publicly funded research organisations (PFROs) in Australia and provides an overview of innovation originating from the Australian research sector.

The purpose of the report is twofold: to provide benchmark metrics on the current state of the commercialisation practices of the research sector; and to provide examples of metrics that could be used to gain a greater understanding of impact.

This report is a follow-up to the 2013 report Research Performance of University Patenting in Australia: A Pilot Assessment. Compared with the previous report, which included only 12 universities, this report has a greater scope, updated metrics and an explanation of why we have chosen not to pursue some previously used methods of analysis.

The National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC) is Australia’s only data collection on how the publicly funded research system collaborates with industry to transfer knowledge and commercialise research.

In 2014–15 the NSRC was reviewed to help strengthen and streamline the data collection and to ensure the survey aligns with current and emerging objectives for research commercialisation in Australia and abroad. As part of data collection streamlining and reducing the burden upon survey respondents in, the Patent Analytics Hub at IP Australia extracted IP data related to the PFROs. This data covers four IP rights governed by IP Australia—patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights.

Last updated: 
30 June 2016