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Intellectual Property (IP) Management

Inventions held by AVS are represented within an IP portfolio comprising of more than 500 patent filings in over 30 countries and comprise a broad range of agricultural technologies and innovations created by the Agriculture Victoria Research branch (AVR) of the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DPJR).

AVS aims to ensure the registration, prosecution, defence and management of the IP assets created by AVR is always in the best economic and societal interests of Victoria.

AVS’ strategic priorities for the management and protection of its IP assets are to ensure:

  • IP and route-to-impact needs are assessed and evaluated for novel AVR inventions.
  • IP strategy and registration decision-making is guided in alignment with IP policy.
  • AVS engages effectively with AVR in the protection and management of IP assets.

AVR’s scientific research is aimed at developing and disseminating transformational tools and technologies for the economic benefit of the Australian dairy, grains, red meat and horticulture industries.

AVS’ patent filings are linked to the genetic improvement of plant and animal species that are important to Victoria and Australia; pest and disease management; and novel molecular technologies for the analysis of microbiomes in association with plants and animals.

AVS' patented inventions related to these research activities of AVR include bioactive compounds, fungal and bacterial endophytes, and genomic technologies as well as tools for accelerated and precision breeding of crops and livestock for the development of desirable traits.

AVS has also filed and obtained Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) registrations in Australia for several plant varieties bred by AVR. These PBR registrations, for example, relate to new varieties of cereals (e.g. wheat and barley), canola and forage grasses (e.g. perennial ryegrass), along with new varieties of pears, strawberries, peaches and potatoes.