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Ms Irene Young (Hong Kong, China)
368. Australia joins co-sponsors the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei and the United States of this discussion today on Intellectual Property and Inclusive Innovation: MSME Trade circulated in IP/C/W/635. We thank our colleagues of Switzerland for introducing this agenda item this afternoon. 369. In our presentation today, Australia will highlight an example of a small business that has successfully relied on our intellectual property and innovation policies to advance its commercial interests including internationally. 370. Case study on Stormseal – A recipient of an Accelerating Growth Grant. This business developed a product known as Stormseal to respond to natural disasters. Stormseal is a strong polyethylene film product that heat shrinks to cover a damaged roof or wall, providing secure protection from wind, rain and hail. Stormseal received an Accelerating Commercialisation grant from the Australian Government through our National Innovation and Science Agenda. The owner came up with the idea for Stormseal after his experience assisting with severe storm damage repairs in 2007 when he saw insurance claims multiply due to failing tarpaulins. To develop his idea, the owner sought out intellectual property protection in the form of trademarks and patents. He said "Successful businesses are valued by the strength of their IP." Bolstered by the support of the IP protections and assistance, the owner is now considering entering international markets. 371. Our discussions this year regarding intellectual property, inclusive innovation and MSMEs have been informative. We now have a greater awareness and appreciation for the role and value of intellectual property frameworks in relation to MSME collaboration, growth and trade. We also thank all Member States for attending yesterday's side event showcasing real world examples of businesses, universities and others that had relied on intellectual property and been able to access global value chains. 372. Thank you for the opportunity to present our case study today and to speak to the frameworks we consider vital for a flourishing MSME trade. We look forward to hearing your examples.
The Council took note of the statements made.
56. The Chairperson said that this item had been put on the agenda at the written request of some Members. Australia, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei and the United States had also submitted a communication entitled "Inclusive Innovation and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Trade" (IP/C/W/635) to facilitate discussion. Although this was an additional agenda item, the subject of IP and innovation itself was not new to the Council, and this year the focus had been on MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises).

57. The representatives of Switzerland; the Republic of Korea; Japan; the European Union; Australia; the United States; Chinese Taipei; Canada; Chile; Costa Rica; Brazil; India; South Africa; and China took the floor.

58. The Council took note of the statements made.

IP/C/M/87, IP/C/M/87/Add.1