Internet of Things: transforming Australian agriculture & food production

As innovation and technology continue to disrupt the agriculture industry and play a key role in ensuring the provenance of food, we invite you to explore the current and upcoming trends in agriculture, food supply, safety and processing powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). Sheda, PwC’s Nifty Grants and Wrays are excited to bring you this informative breakfast event. Attendees will hear from …

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Flogging a Dead Horse – Fintech Patenting

The Australian financial sector is the single largest contributor to the national economy. New ways to legally organise, distribute, invest and hide funds so that profits are maximised, whilst minimising taxation and associated risks, has been popular since people started using coinage and other symbolic value representations for trade. With so much money in the financial sector – and with …

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Freedom to operate searches

A strong knowledge base can give you a real edge over the competition, but are you taking advantage of all the available information streams? Freedom to operate searches are an extremely useful, yet chronically underutilised, tool for gathering information. FTOs are like reconnaissance missions, allowing you to scope the field of development and your competitors. Used effectively, they provide guidance …

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Executive Briefing – The Commercialisation Conundrum

In an ever increasing fast-paced disruptive economy, CEOs and businesses are under pressure to invest in transformational growth. At this roundtable lunch, our guest speakers will explore how senior decision makers and businesses can mitigate disruption and become global disruptors themselves using a combination of traditional methodologies and data science to rapidly and accurately guide commercialisation decision-making. Attendees will hear …

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A double-whammy for Australian distributors? Parallel importing and infringement threat damages changes

Parallel importing defence expanded It is now easier to import ‘genuine’ branded goods into Australia without infringing the trade marks relating to that brand. In our flagship magazine, The Gatherer, we let you know about an upcoming Act which will make significant changes to Australia’s parallel importation laws. As of 25 August 2018, the parallel importation provisions of that Act …

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The Gatherer – volume 6

Welcome to the sixth edition of The Gatherer – a digital publication bringing you a collection of topical articles from our IP specialists and guest contributors. Focussed on industry developments, legislative updates, the latest trends in innovation and an open discussion with one of Australia’s burgeoning pioneers, we aim to share with you practical tips, insights and learnings on how …

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Patent Applicants- Who are the drivers in Australia?

In 2017, there were 28,905 standard patent applications in Australia, through either direct patent applications or the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which allows applicants to file a single patent application in multiple countries. This shows a gradual upward trend of about nine percent over the past decade. However, while patent applications have grown it’s been driven by non-resident filings. Applications …

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Geographical Indication- IP Australia Report

What do the Byron Bay Chilli Company, Classic Tasmanian Smoked Salmon, Margaret River Olive Company, Certified Australian Angus Beef, and Château Tanunda Grand Barossa all have in common…besides being fantastic ingredients you should probably have on your shopping list for your next dinner party? They all utilise geographical indication (GI) in their names and trade marks filed with IP Australia. …

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Who is the main driver of IP growth?

According to the latest IP Australia report, applications for patents, trade marks and design rights in Australia all grew in 2017. Trade marks even reached a record peak. Sounds like good news. However, the main driver of this growth was from overseas (or non-resident) applicants. In fact, trade mark filings by non-residents increased by 25 percent and design filings by non-residents increased by 9 …

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