Technologies developed by the CSIRO that generate an income.

Jack Clarke made this Freedom of Information request to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

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Dear Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,

I wish to see what developments by the organisation have lead to a resulting profit (eg. the development of wi-fi.) If possible could you include a list of all technologies and the cost associated with their development followed by the total amount of funds returned to the organisation. .

Yours faithfully,
Jack Clarke

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Dear Mr Clarke

Please refer to the attached correspondence.

Kind regards,

Karen Robinson
Legal Administrative Officer (FOI), CSIRO
Phone: +61 2 6276 6431
[email address] | www.csiro.au
Address: CSIRO Corporate Office, Limestone Avenue, Campbell, ACT 2612
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Dear Mr Clarke,

 

I refer to your FOI request (FOI 2016/3) dated 29 January 2016 for;

“what developments by the organisation have lead to a resulting profit
(eg. the development of wi-fi.) If possible could you include a list of
all technologies and the cost associated with their development followed
by the total amount of funds returned to the organisation”.

CSIRO, from its’ inception in 1947 (see,
[1]http://www.csiro.au/en/About/History-ach..., has
been involved in developing hundreds, if not thousands of technologies.
Indeed, as of June 2015, CSIRO had 578 patent families (3453 total live
patents world-wide), 313 trade mark families and 114 difference Plant
Breeders Rights’. CSIRO does not have a document, other than our annual
budgets (and annual reports), that encapsulates all these developments and
their resulting profits (or if applicable, losses).  Further, depending on
CSIRO’s commercialisation strategy at the time, CSIRO technologies have
returned varying amounts of profit to the organisation.  For example, a
CSIRO scientist invented Aeroguard, the intellectual property for which
CSIRO gave away for free, according to CSIRO’s policy at the time.

 

However, for your information, CSIRO’s Annual Reports available at
[2]http://www.csiro.au/en/About/Reports/Ann... contain detailed
budgets; including information in relation to CSIRO’s sources of revenue
(see e.g. page 15 of the CSIRO Annual Report 2014 – 2015) which may be of
use to you. CSIRO’s Annual Reports also include analysis of source of
revenue; for example, co-investment, consulting and services and research
and IP royalty and licence revenues and their detailed financial
statements (see CSIRO Annual Report 2014 – 2015 -  Part 4 Financial
statements which include information on ‘Own-source income’).

I also note, CSIRO’s Annual Reports also captures a snap shot of the
number of CSIRO Inventions, patents etc, for each financial year, see page
30 of CSIRO Annual Report 2014-2015.

CSIRO Annual Reports are publicly available as noted above. Please do not
hesitate to write to me, should you require any further detail on this
matter.

Kind regards,

Beth.

Beth Maloney
Legal Counsel, CSIRO

Phone: +612 6276 6436 |
[3][email address] | [4]www.csiro.au
Address: CSIRO Corporate Centre
PO Box 225
DICKSON ACT 2602 Australia  

Please note: I am in the office on Monday,Thursday and Friday.

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