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H.E. Ambassador Dr Pimchanok PITFIELD

363.  Australia is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the communication Intellectual Property and Innovation: Research Collaboration Across Borders, document IP/C/W/699, and would like to thank the US for its efforts in coordinating this communication. 364.  We would like to provide some information on a specific cross-border research collaboration - the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund the "AISRF". Established in 2006, the Fund aims to support collaboration between Australian and Indian researchers in strategically focused, leadingedge scientific research and technology projects. Intellectual property is managed at the project level and agreed between project partners. 365.  The Fund has supported 368 collaborative activities in a wide range of mutual priority areas such as agriculture, biomedical devices and implants, renewable energy, nanotechnologies and vaccines. The Fund has provided a pathway for researchers to establish links with counterparts and helped facilitate many successful research projects, including several documented large-scale projects which are of significant importance to Australia, India, and globally. 366.  We consider the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund to be an example of the benefits of international research collaboration. We look forward to hearing other Members' experiences.

The Council took note of the statements made.
67. The Chair said that this item had been put on the agenda at the request of the delegations of Australia; the European Union; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Singapore; Switzerland; Chinese Taipei; the United Kingdom; and the United States of America. These delegations had also submitted a communication on this topic, circulated in document in order to allow Members to prepare for today's discussion.
68. The representatives of Chinese Taipei; the United States of America; Australia; Singapore; Japan; the United Kingdom; Hong Kong, China; Switzerland; Canada; the European Union; Indonesia; Djibouti, on behalf of the LDC Group; and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) took the floor.
69. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/108, IP/C/M/108/Add.1