Posted by Davina Jackson on 14 Aug 2013

Australia’s intellectual property supervision agency, IP Australia (part of the Department of Industry Innovation Science and Research), has decided that the term ‘Virtual Australia’ will be open for use and not able to be registered as a trademark.

The Office of Space Policy, at the Commonwealth Department of Resources Energy and Tourism, earlier had declined a proposal by’s editor, Davina Jackson, that it should own the Virtual Australia trademark to represent Australian Government supervision of this ‘umbrella concept.

Jackson was concerned that moves by the Melbourne-based VANZI Ltd to develop a governance system for the vision that could have compromise research sector competitors of its parent organisation, the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information.