Source IP an example of how agencies can put users first

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Government ministers and global experts are practically begging the public service to design services which put users’ needs first.

This week IP Australia rolled out their version of what that can look like: Source IP.

The Mandarin‘s sister publication StartupSmart spoke with IP Australia‘s director of business improvement and innovation Matt Fenech about what it means:

“It’s using the treasure trove of data we have here through a very user-friendly website,” Fenech tells StartupSmart.

“Owners can indicate the licensing agreement in layman’s terms so everyone can understand what they’re talking about.

“In the past we’ve had patent databases here but with no contact ability. The address given is usually for an attorney.

“It’s hard for people to find this information and it usually comes about through luck.”

The searchable database now includes IP from all 40 Australian universities, as well as commonwealth organisations like the CSIRO and Data61. Medical research institutes will also begin contributing to the platform from December.

A core focus in developing the platform was on simplicity, Fenech says.

“It’s really just one click to contact – it’s similar to CarSales. You just enter a name, email address and what you’re interested in and it’s gone.

“What we’re trying to do is collate all that information into one place so it’s really easy to search and find these types of inventions.”

Continue reading at StartupSmart.


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