416. Australia is pleased to have co-sponsored this TRIPS Council item on intellectual property and innovation with a focus on entrepreneurialism and new technologies. Australia is keen to embrace the changes occurring in the global economy from new technologies. We recognise that innovation is critical to our economic prosperity. We wish to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture and to play our part in driving global research and innovation.
417. We recognise that stronger linkages between government, providers of higher education, science and research institutions and the private sector will help us commercialise good ideas. We also advocate the role of appropriate consumer protection in building consumer confidence in the use of new technologies.
418. In the interests of embracing these changes, the Australian Government is placing science and research at the centre of Australia's innovation framework. Initiatives such as Accelerating Commercialisation and the Industry Growth Centres are designed to improve Australia's commercialisation performance. The Industry Growth Centres are also intended to bring research institutions and industry together, improving collaboration and market connections.
419. An intellectual property system, as it evolves in response to technological advances, has a critical role in enabling innovation and creativity as we have highlighted in our previous TRIPS Council interventions under this valuable agenda item.
420. Mobile technologies, in particular, continue to transform interactions between the economy, society and business, as the EU delegate's presentation has highlighted so effectively. This transformation is underpinned by a robust mobile ecosystem. A key element of a robust mobile market is competition, which provides a catalyst for the development and adoption of new technologies.
421. Governments also have a key role in ensuring a sound policy framework is in place. In Australia, that framework extends through a range of initiatives, including spectrum reform and the Public Safety Mobile Broadband.
422. In closing, Australia seeks outcomes from the uptake of new technologies that deliver certainty to business and consumers while ensuring we maintain the ability to address public policy needs.