Australian Innovation Review

The Government has released the Report On The Review Of The National Innovation System. 

You can download copies of the Report, an Overview, the 3 different press releases, the Minister’s introductory remarks and the Minister’s speech from here.  I wonder if the prospects of implementation are increased or decreased by the quantity of media assistance?

As the Report points out, “we have known for several generations that innovation pre-eminently determines our prosperity.”

And yet:

as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Australian Government support for science and innovation, has fallen by nearly a quarter. Also the number of researchers per 1,000 employees has declined substantially in the last decade, and US patents granted per 1,000 population have plunged from 0.06 to 0.01 (1999–2003). And yet during this time, the public revenue was fed by a torrent of cash from the mineral boom. 

There are 201 pages, plus 7 annexes.  There are 15 pages of recommendations.

Interestingly, there is also a software analysis of the main themes identified in submissions and, very usefully, the Departmental summary of the submissions.

Comments can be submitted to the Ministry until (at least) 23 September 2008.  Well, it is almost 2 weeks!

Stupefy!

in which the spell has landed ….

Harry Potter’s creator, JK Rowling, and her movie producers have successfully obtained an injunction against the publication of The Harry Potter Lexicon.  The judge also awarded US$6,750.

Marty has the text of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. v RDR Books (SDNY 8 Sept 2008) here.

IPKat has a short summary based on media reports here.

NY Times report (free subscription required) here.

It’s not clear yet if there will be an appeal.

Wonder how it would play out here?  Of course, without looking at the book and seeing just how extensively the takings were, any comments would be worse than idle speculation.  We do have Full Court authority that taking lots of little snippets can constitute a substantial part but that, of course, is under appeal.