Patents were originally intended to enable the proliferation of creativity and innovation – not to protect and hide it from view. With the Centre of Applied Innovation’s Global Innovation Commons we have the unique capability to uncover the single largest repository of human innovation on earth.
The vast majority of these disclosures of innovation have either expired or were left unprotected within specific markets which can be used to inform and activate new academic and economic activity. Over 92% of the world’s industrial and academic research and development institutes have never sought patent protection in Australia. Australia is uniquely positioned to lead the rediscovery, repurposing and redeployment of those foundational innovations that come from around the world. This rediscovery effort can include the use of patents for one of their long-forgotten purposes – namely to stimulate creativity and innovation towards new unanticipated ideas.
Beyond just accessing the information in patents and innovation disclosures, the Global Innovation Commons serves as the basis for a new form of business. As India’s Cipla was the pioneering in the multi-billion-dollar generic drug industry so too can we create Open Source Innovation business and collaboration models which will extend the markets for incumbent business leaders and foster the formation of new enterprises agile enough to respond to new market opportunities.
At Melbourne Polytechnic we also deeply believe in our social responsibility and with the Global Innovation Commons we have the opportunity to work with our students and partners to develop projects with extraordinary global consequence.
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