Innovation and intellectual property in Australia and Japan

Crawford School of Public Policy | Australia-Japan Research Centre

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 08 March 2017


Miller Theatre, Level 1, Old Canberra House Building 73, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Sadao Nagaoka, Tokyo Keizai University; Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commission; and Professor Jenny Corbett, ANU Crawford School.


Hannah Harmelin

Boosting innovation will be key to maintaining prosperity in Australia and Japan. What policies should governments pursue? How can intellectual property (IP) regimes help or hinder innovation?

In this public panel, experts from Japan and Australia will discuss the state of both countries’ innovation policies, intellectual property regimes as well as prospects for reform. Are two of the most advanced economies in East Asia doing enough individually and together? What scope is there for business and policy collaboration? Are universities and research institutions delivering what is needed?


Sadao Nagaoka is Professor of Economics at Tokyo Keizai University and Program Director/Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). He has served as secretariat for the OECD’s Working Group on Trade and Competition, is a visiting research scholar at Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy and is economic advisor to the Japan Patent Office. He has also served as a member of the European Patent Office’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board.

Jonathan Coppel is a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission. Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. During his OECD career he held senior roles as Counsellor to the Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks and analyst at the International Energy Agency. He was Commissioner for the Productivity Commission’s report ‘Intellectual Property Arrangements’ released in 2016.

Jenny Corbett is Distinguished Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and Director of the ANU Japan Institute. From 2012 to 2016 she was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Training) and from 2005 to 2012 Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre. Her research centres on current macro-economic and financial policy issues in Japan, regional financial integration and regulation of cross-border financial flows.

Registration is essential.

This public panel is co-hosted by the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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