Supporting a thriving MedTech Industry in Western Australia

Australia’s MedTech industry is in a time of high growth, transforming global health outcomes, and has the potential to be one of Australia’s largest innovative sectors. However, Western Australia still faces key challenges in terms of growth opportunities when compared to the rest of Australia. Western Australia has a strong heritage of successful medical training and research discoveries, well-established medical …

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Curtin Ignition Program 2019 – scholarship applications open now!

Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation – Vaclav Smil We understand the importance of collaboration and the need for guidance in the early stages of commercialisation. That is why we are proud supporters of the Curtin Ignition program – an intensive training program for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to trial and prepare high growth business ideas for …

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Industry 4.0 Revolution: new trends in smart manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising our factory floors and enabling new personalised ways of manufacturing. We invite you to explore disruptive trends in the manufacturing industry powered by technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality. Sheda went to Hannover Messe in Germany, the world’s biggest manufacturing industry fair, to uncover the state of the …

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IoT: the ultimate solution?

Australia’s burgeoning agtech ecosystem barely existed three years ago. Yet, it’s the dawn of a new era for the country’s agricultural sector with technologies such as machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics improving crop output, yield predictions, disease control, and farm management. The newest edition of The Gatherer examines some of the big changes happening in food production …

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Canada’s Trade Mark law is changing

On 17 June 2019, Canada’s trade mark law will be overhauled. One of the biggest changes is the adoption of the Nice Classification – an international classification system of goods and services.  Up to now, Canada has not used any classification system when filing trade marks, which allowed owners to register their marks across a wide range of goods and …

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Is your ship at risk of sinking due to Trade Mark pirates?

Counterfeiting is a widespread issue that involves the manufacture and distribution of goods using another person’s name or trade mark without their permission. The implication of such practices has the potential to affect brand owners across many industries – from manufacturers of traditional branded luxury goods items, to those across the automotive, pharmaceuticals, software, entertainment, toys, food and wine industries. …

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Tackling the commercialisation conundrum

Australia has a strong history of world-leading R&D and commitment to innovation. Refrigeration, heart pacemaker, black box flight recorder, ultrasound, cochlear implants, spray on skin, WIFI, and the bionic eye all came out of Australia. And let’s not forget Vegemite, the Hills Hoist, the wine cask the box kite and Australian Rules Football too! We are fortunate to be home …

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A unique approach to patents

One of the greatest perceived barriers to obtaining a patent in Australia is the cost and time involved. However, Australia has a unique two-tiered patent system which can fast-track obtaining patents, and potentially postpone the post-filing cost of prosecuting the patent indefinitely. Our system comprises ‘standard patents’, which last up to 20 years, and ‘innovation patents’ which have a maximum …

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