The Australian Mining Industry: More than Just Shovels and Being the Lucky Country



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Glossary 5

Executive Summary 6

1. Introduction 7

1.1 The Mining Industry in Australia 7

1.2 Mining Equipment Technology Services (METS) Firms 7

1.3 IPGOD 8

2. Objectives and Methodology 9

2.1 Objectives 9

2.2 Methodology 9

2.2.1 Definition of Mining Patents 9

Box 1: The Patent System 10

2.2.2 Methodology 10

2.2.3 Timeframe for Analysis 10

3. The Big Picture 11

3.1 Summary Data Set 11

3.2 An Investigation of the Major Players 12

3.3 Top Technology Areas by Each Entity type 13

3.3.1 Top Technology Areas of METS Firms 14

Box 2: Case Study – The Production and Refining of Gold 15

3.4 Patent Filing Trends 15

3.5 Geographic filing breadth 16

Box 3: Case Study – The SmartCap 18

3.6 Collaboration of Mining Firms 18

4. The Australian Perspective 19

4.1 Who Owns and Invents the Shovels 19

4.2 Australian Inventions 20

4.2.1 Top Australian applicants 21

4.3 Where Australian Mining Technology is Exported 22

4.4 Australian Firms Identified by ANZSIC Division B 23

4.4.1 Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) 24

4.4.2 Is ANZSIC Division B Comprehensive? 25

5. Case Study – Autonomous Vehicles 26

Box 4: Subsea Mining – The Future? 29

Conclusion 30

Appendix A: Search Strategy 31

SQL statements 31

Validating Applicant Name 31

Operating Miners 31

METS firms 31

Publicly Funded Entities 32

Family Members 32

Subsea Mining 33






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