Resources Innovation Group (RIG) is concerned with inventive solutions in the resources sector. Our members canvas ideas and input from resource sector peers. Its intention is to provoke and stimulate feedback and thought leadership on innovation for people involved in mining, oil & gas and heavy industrial industries, and for those with an active interest in innovation and intellectual property.

RIG’s workshops and seminars provide a platform for attendees to discuss and debate issues affecting the resources sector, and upcoming challenges and threats to the industry. It is intended to be a “system of innovation” – an effective network of like-minded individuals and organisations. Participants are encouraged to share knowledge, offer insights on developing best practice to improve planning, delivery and management of innovation in the resources sector.


  • August 5, 2015
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Innovation: The Resource Sector Needs You! | with Simon Vincent, Rod Houston, Colm O’Brien  The Resources Sector is a ‘tough nut to crack’ for developers and providers of new technologies and services.  Large miners and refiners are understandably reluctant to jeapordise existing operations by introducing new and relatively untested innovations into well-established plants and processes.  The ability of the big

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  • The Commercialisation Journey
    April 1, 2015
    5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Lessons Learned | with Mike Lane and Kashif Saleem  The reality of transforming a concept into a profitable and marketable product can be a daunting process. Our speakers will discuss the steps taken in developing and pitching a sound business model to large industry players, as well as managing tech improvement, IP protection issues, and the evolution of ideas. These

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Innovating Our Way Backwards

Are Advances in Autonomous Mining Technology to Blame for Australia’s Failure to Capture the Benefit of the Mining ...

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Strategic Thinking Needed In Patent Enforcement

Author: Peter Caporn The recent case of CQMS Pty Ltd v Bradken Resources Pty Limited [2016] FCA 847  has highlighted ...

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Orica’s Blasting Method Patentable Despite Dyno Nobel’s Determined Opposition

Author: Peter Caporn A recent decision of the Commissioner of Patents has held that a blasting method used in open cut ...

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The Intellectual Property of Remote Operation of Mine Sites – Implications for Miners?

Author: Peter Caporn We’ve all heard about it.  In fact, if there’s a talk being given or an article being written ...

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