|Title:||Intellectual Property Management in WA Health|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0001/06|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 17 November 2006|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The Circular informs WA Health staff of the State government's Intellectual Property (IP) policy and specific IP management and reporting procedures in WA Health. Information is also provided on the membership and Terms of Reference of the WA Health Intellectual Property Management Group (IPMG).|
|Applicable to:||All WA Health staff|
|Period of effect:||from 17 November 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, Director General, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 17-Nov-2006|
|Print version:||View print version|
Intellectual Property Management in WA Health
The WA Government Intellectual Property Policy and Best Practice Guidelines provides a policy framework for the protection, management and commercialisation of Intellectual Property (IP) generated with State Government resources (http://www.doir.wa.gov.au).
The policy recognises that IP created within Government agencies is a major potential source of value to the Western Australian economy and community. The Government's aim is to actively seek to optimise the economic, social and environmental benefits to Western Australians from the use and commercialisation of IP, in conjunction with the business community.
In accordance with the new policy, Government agencies should ensure that:
The Department of Health strongly supports this approach to the management of health sector IP, recognising the great value that innovation and commercialisation can have in both advancing health care delivery and optimising the return on the State Government's investment in health.
IP MANAGEMENT IN WA HEALTH
The WA Health Intellectual Property management strategy aligns with the recommendations of the Health Reform Committee report and supports the Strategic Directions of WA Health: Healthy Workforce, Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Partnerships, Healthy Community, Healthy Resources and Healthy Leadership.
A key component of this strategy is the IP Management Group (IPMG), which was re-established in June 2006 to reflect changes in the organisational structure of WA Health.
The core functions of this group, as stated in the Terms of Reference, are to:
Membership of the IPMG comprises the following:
Other members, as required, on an ad-hoc basis (for example from Health Corporate Network, Health System Support, Technology Directorate, Health Finance, PathWest, HRIT etc).
The Secretariat support of the group is provided by the Research Development Unit under the Office of the Director General.
Protection of WA Health IP
IP is the tangible representation of intellect and creativity. There is wide diversity in the type of IP that is being generated in WA Health. This IP usually arises as a consequence of the core activities of the sector and, if value is to be added, some form of protection generally must be invoked. The level of protection will depend upon the strategic value of the IP and its commercialisation potential. The costs of protection must be considered in the light of an assessment of this value.
The most usual forms of protection that will be used in WA Health are:
It should be noted that the rights to IP generated by public sector employees in the course of their normal working activities, or logical extensions of these, are generally vested in their employer.
It should also be emphasised that even when commercialisation of IP is not contemplated, the enforcement of IP rights may be necessary to discourage potentially inappropriate use of the material by other parties.
Procedures for the protection and commercialisation of WA Health IP
The Secretariat of the IP Management Group (the Research Development Unit, Office of the Director General) should be the first point of contact in the protection and commercialisation of IP in the State health system. The Secretariat can assist IP developers and managers in the following ways:
 This aspect of the policy is given further consideration in the document Encouraging Innovation by Government Employees: Procedures for the payment of monetary rewards to innovative Government employees, at the above site.
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Friday, 17 November 2006 at 3:25pm