Intellectual Property and Agriculture Symposium

Opened by The Hon Judith Troeth, Senator for Victoria,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

This was a free symposium organised by the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA), The Australian National University and Griffith University, supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation.

The ACIPA Intellectual Property and Agriculture Symposium was the first in a series of events that will explore intellectual property issues facing the rural sector in Australia. This symposium provided a general overview of some of the key intellectual property issues facing rural Australia. Following symposia will focus on more specific issues.

Speakers and topics:
Bruce Drinkwater, Legal Consultant, Southcorp Wines, Geographical Indications: Current Issues in the Wine Industry
Lisa Filipetto, Assistant Secretary, Services and Intellectual Property Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Negotiations – Geographical Indications
Dr Simon Hearn, Executive Director, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Commercialising Agricultural Research
Vince Logan, Executive Manager, Business Development, Grains Research & Development Corporation, Confessions of a Biopirate and Other Tales on the Commercialisation of Agriculture Research
Peter Neilson, Australian Manager, Crop & Food Research Australia, Commercialisation of Agricultural Varieties and Intellectual Property Protection
Dr Matthew Rimmer, Lecturer, ACIPA, The Australian National University, Franklin Barley:  Patent Law and Plant Breeders' Rights
Prof Brad Sherman, Director, ACIPA, Griffith University, Genetic Use Restriction Technologies: Implications for Intellectual Property Policy Making