Objective deal to streamline patent process

Australian software developer Objective Corporation - which listed on the ASX last August -- has won a $A3 million contract to undertake a series of projects intended to improve the management of electronic information at IP Australia, the government body in charge of granting rights in patents, trade marks and designs. A spokesman said the aim of the projects is to improve the efficiency of application processes for patents, trade marks and designs, beginning with the introduction of innovation patents.

IP Australia will also use Objective's software to archive its electronic records and to manage the storage and retrieval of knowledge held in unstructured electronic information, such as e-mails, documents and spreadsheets. "Most of IP Australia's 750 employees will use the Objective system in the course of their daily duties by the time this contract is completed," claimed Dr Ian Heath, director general of IP Australia.

Other government agencies using Objective's software include the Department of Defence, the Federal Attorney General's Department, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. In November the developer won a contract with the British Government's Local Enterprise Development Unit in Northern Ireland (The Rust Report, November 16, 2000).

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