Bonds_underwear

What do Australians love to wear the most?

Australians buy a lot of swimwear, underwear and shorts. They have a passion for them.

This came to mind in recent intellectual property and business development project work for a client with a swimwear brand with growing export potential.

What explains this Australian passion? Moreover, what explains Australia's success in the commercialisation of this type of apparel? The answer tells us a lot about the importance of national brand perceptions and national market size.

Read more

Tea_cup

What every business should know about IP ownership

The legal ownership of intellectual property ("IP") may be unclear if one party uses IP created by another but has no clear legally binding contract, preferably written. Stop reading if that point is understood with respect to employment and independent contractor agreements. What follows is detail.

Various types of contract can avoid numerous IP risks, issues and problems.

Read more

The-persistence-of-memory-c-1931-dali

Green technology lowers friction and attracts VC

Climate changes, humans respond. People jump on new opportunities. This pattern is as old as humanity. One theory on why 150,000 years ago early man moved out of Africa points to climate change in that continent.

Today the concern is that climate change seems to be speeding up. With rising valuations and evaluations entrepreneurs with green technology or anything green are jumping on the opportunity.

This post is about innovation, entrepreneurship and investment, all topics of interest for regular readers of this Lightbulb blog.

Read more

Lb_thumb

Intellectual property rights defined

Here on one page are descriptions of intellectual property rights under law in Australia. It's part of our series defining key concepts relevant to IP and innovation (see further reading list).

Questions answerd include - What subject matter attracts the rights? How do you get the rights? How long do rights last?

Read more

Puma_tortoise

It's better to design your IP than IP your design

"Kid, don't steal the hubcaps, steal the whole car." Frank Sinatra speaks this line in the 1964 Rat Pack movie, Robin and the seven hoods. He plays Robbo, a 1920s Chicago gangster.

He recalls a mentor and says, "When I was a kid, he caught me stealin' hubcaps off his car, and he said, 'Kid, don't steal the hubcaps, steal the whole car.' "

This was wise guy advice in Chicago in the 1920s. Today in Australia, for car makers and others with intellectual property (IP) assets, we believe hubcap thieves are the most common and dangerous pests. As IP strategists we'll share tips on how to lock them out.

Read more

Wordle_proposal

7 topics for proposal writing or review

Good ideas need a proposal in support. Here's a checklist of seven key topics to help improve your proposals.

It is not written with any particular industry or type of product or service in mind. The further reading list contains more guidance, some of which relates to specific areas.

Read more

Lb_thumb

How to visualise your brand

A fun and helpful website tool at wordle.net can help visualise your business and its offerings. It can be used to visualise messages associated with your brand.

If you don't have clarity about your brand, it makes it harder to sell to others. I often say this to clients seeking trade mark registration or cultural or operational changes in their business.

Read more

Linkedin_sign

Linkedin helps recruiters and employees but what helps employers?

If an employee collects customer "friends" in Linkedin, can the employee do business with those "friends" after joining a new employer? Can that employee who collected the customer "friends" while at the former employer now use them with the new employer?

This question became topical due to an English employment law court case in early 2008.

Read more

Dodo_logo

How to minimise risks under the Do Not Call Register Act

The A$147,400 fine paid by Dodo Australia Pty Ltd ("Dodo") highlights the legal risks of telemarketing under Australian law. It also shows the teeth of the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 (Cth) ("Act") for calls made to home landlines and personal mobile phones which are on the Do Not Call Register.

The first offence fine paid by Dodo underlines what we said in Telemarketers must comply with the Do Not Call Register Act: "Marketing is one of the most regulated business functions and is affected by well over 20 different laws in Australia."

Read more

Lightbulb_thoughtbubble

13 legal tasks for starting a business

When starting a business it is best to work with a fairly comprehensive list of prioritised things to do.

The list in this article reflects my 30 years of experience as a business lawyer. The list applies to most businesses, recognising however that there are industry by industry variables.

For example, some businesses require regulatory licences, eg for people in a trade or in a food preparation or sale business.

Additionally, some businesses should prioritise finalisation of written intellectual property licences or assignments, eg for acquisition of the rights to a business name, logo or business system.  

Read more

Mona_lisa_louvre_thumb

7 intellectual property principles build value

A few years ago I wrote a personal vision of what it takes for a client to benefit from innovation. At the time I was seeking to integrate several models or typologies for the commercialisation of intellectual property. I titled my statement "RAPS Conversion Model". It was like a manifesto. This post ends with a list of the 7 principles discussed in the RAPS statement.

I made up the RAPS acronym from Requirements, Assets, Perspectives and Systems. My focus was on how to convert intellectual property into value, hence the terms "Conversion Model".

While I was not thinking of it at the time, RAPS harked back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci. You could be a painter and arty at the same time as gain respect as a scientist and technologist. All areas continue to be fueled by imagination and creativity. Maybe we are returning to that age. I'll return to this theme later.

Read more

Pc_roxana_gonzalez

Report lists top six ICT trends

A new report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) highlights six trends in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The report suffers from a fixation on technology. Its comfort zone is bits, bytes and gizmos. Equal space should have been given to use made of IT and communications by business and consumers and the wide-ranging implications of changing patterns of use.

The 18 page report is titled Top six trends in communications and media technologies, applications and services: possible implications (PDF file).

Read more

1980_leewin_estate_chardonnay

Robert Mondavi and the commercialisation of Leeuwin Estate

"Naked ladies dancing on the tongue." This is how I responded on first tasting Art Series Chardonnay at the cellar door of Leeuwin Estate in 2004.

Hearing my uncensored appreciation, the man serving me at the cellar door, Mr D. Moore, told me a story. He told me about the wine's background.

It is arguably Australia's greatest Chardonnay. It's almost A$100 a bottle.

Read more

Innovation

Speed pays in IP commercialisation

Speed pays. You already know that customers pay more if you can deliver fast with no reduction in quality.

Speed wins. Speed is a critical pre-requisite to be competitive in markets.

Speed in innovation pays and wins. In a commercialisation venture it is helpful to measure speed. Get a measure of the speed of change of intellectual property and the agility of the management team, business processes, methodologies and technology.

Read more

Planet_moz

Structured networks and the next internet wave

With brilliant imagination, in its opening ceremony the Sydney Olympics presented Nikki Webster in the Australian experience of going swimming. (*)

More than water skills will be needed beyond the Beijing Olympics for Australian online businesses to survive and thrive against the next internet wave.

From 1995 the web encouraged water sports. Today the internet has moved beyond surfing.

The question here is how should Australian online businesses compete in the years ahead to serve local, international or global markets.

Read more

Tags

statistics contract industry insolvency franchise middle east technology management communications definitions needs assessment legal risk management management software entrepreneurship india mobile policies and procedures human trends futurism training intellectual property legal ip strategy enterprise revenue ip revenue europe entertainment television business start-up securities trade communication ip register business succession business finance fundraising business law policies venture capital ip licensing internet licensing practices mobile apps information technology ip management knowledge management confidential information ventures advertising legal history case study business sale/purchase new index web ventures domain branding checklist compliance property and checklist name legal technology 2.0 music fashion intellectual japan united states trade mark structuring united kingdom legal risk minimisation negotiation new zealand ip audit finance domain name procedures privacy law enterprise 2.0 capital gains tax merchandising ip technology economics wine venture finance china strategy ip protection project beverage risk case strategic planning united zealand food states study risk management protection investment valuation business structuring digital media legal knowledge management contracts entertainment industry web 2.0 business model patent france moral rights corporation digital rights management web education and training design privacy germany finance law publishing project management retailing collaboration security Singapore human resources sale/purchase trust law remedies invention compliance trade practices migration innovation business policies and procedures marketing dispute resolution management consultancy Malaysia film spam information R&D model marketing law e-commerce copyright taxation commercialisation resources corporations law law litigation africa standards

Social Icons

Tabs Widget

Vivamus imperdiet condimentum diam, eget placerat felis consectetur id. Donec eget orci metus, ac ac adipiscing nunc.

Pellentesque fermentum, ante ac felis consectetur id. Donec eget orci metusvivamus imperdiet.

Photo Stream