Leveraging your IP to obtain funding

Intellectual Property

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Did you know that Thomas Edison used his patent on the incandescent electric light bulb to obtain finance to start his company, the General Electric Company? Most start-ups and small businesses need funding to start up, expand, or just to survive. During this work shop you will be armed with information about how to leverage intellectual property (IP) to obtain funding to take your business to the next level. Topics covered will include:

  • identify and protect your (existing and potential) IP, including patents, designs and trade marks;
  • how you can use your IP to apply for the research and development tax incentive;
  • available grant opportunities;
  • ways to finance your research and development; and
  • “Early Stage Innovation Company” tax incentives for investors.

The workshop takes place at 7.30 am on 17 May in our Brisbane office at Level 10, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton as part of Queensland Small Business Week. You can register for the event here.

The speakers at the event are:

Grant Stonier, Associate, Davies Collison Cave

Grant is a patent attorney within the Engineering group based in the Brisbane office, where he is involved in patent drafting, patent prosecution, patent validity and infringement advice, and related opinion works. Grant’s experience and interests cover a broad spectrum of engineering technologies. A significant portion of Grant’s work with DCC involves assisting local clients to obtain patent and design protection for their inventions.

Liz Lawson, Associate, Davies Collison Cave

Liz specialises in litigation, including actions for patent, trade mark, design and copyright infringement, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct, as well as contractual disputes. She also advises clients in relation to these actions, on strategies to resolve disputes and negotiates settlements. The technological fields of her clients are very broad and range from beverages to medical devices to computer software programs.

Wayne Huf, Parner, PwC

Wayne is a Partner in PwC’s Tax Incentive team in Brisbane.

He has over 22 years of tax consulting experience with PwC. Prior to joining the Queensland R&D team in 2013, Wayne spent 18 years in PwC’s Corporate Tax team in Brisbane and Perth. He was admitted as a Partner in 2008. He assists companies to maximise the benefits they receive under various Government incentive programs, including the R&D tax incentive, Government grants and the tax incentive for Early Stage Innovation Company (ESIC).

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