In 2016 the team assigned an Australian Innovation Patent 2016101704 issued for the concept of whitening the clouds over the Great Barrier Reef, has been assigned to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. SIMS is a not-for-profit organisation owed by Australian Universities. Patenting protects IP from inappropriate exploitation but makes the information widely available.

Marine Cloud Brightening for the Great Barrier Reef will require the harnessing of public, private and commercial activities. The project believes that the sharing of Intellectual Property facilitates such collaboration.