When it comes to government tendering, Intellectual Property (IP) is always a complex issue both for the Tenderer and for the government agency. Many government departments will outsource their IP decisions to specialist advisers and similarly many tenderers will seek expert advice when IP is up for negotiation. Expert advice becomes even more vital when patents are in the mix as is the case with the Request For Tender (RFT) being highlighted this week. The CSIRO is considered Australia’s largest patent holder and as such the governance of its IP is central to its successful operation. This week the CSIRO has issued an RFT which looks to establish an IP Services Panel to include a number of providers with appropriate skills and experience to deliver a broad scope of IP Services.
The Two (2) Primary Services to be delivered are:
(a) Patent and Trade Mark Attorney Services
(b) Present and Future IP Renewal and Annuity Fee Services
Tenderers may bid for IP Services, IP Renewals or both however a limited number of providers will be required for IP Renewal services. The CSIRO is looking for IP management by an established, experienced organisation that routinely deals with issues facing research organisations. Additionally, it is mandatory that personnel nominated for this tender are registered patent and/or trade mark attorneys governed by the Code of Conduct for Trans-Tasman Patent and Trademark Attorneys 2018.
This RFT is due by 11 March 202 and it is anticipated that this panel will be established by June 2020.