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current barriers to commercialisation, and highlights the important considerations throughout the commercialisation journey. The statistics don’t lie – Peter Caporn’s most read article called for an encore. Peter draws on his previous article regarding patent protection for remote mine site operations, and presents the importance of considering what may already be patented in the mining sector before adopting a processing technology or running a mine site. We hope Peter’s insights encourage you to take action and seek the advice you need – often something you think is not worth patenting may well be an asset that is worth protecting. Finally, this edition is all about AgTech, an exciting sector with endless opportunities created by new technologies, business models and innovation. As 2018 drew to a close, Wrays, along with partners PwC’s Nifty Grants and Sheda, hosted an enlightening panel discussion on how the Internet of Things can improve farming and agriculture. In this article we delve into the opinions and experiences of our experts, who share the current challenges faced by this industry, emphasising the integral role that technology will play to take farming back to the future. Whilst our experts bring a diversity of experiences, the theme of their solution shares a common thread – collaboration, particularly by tech developers, will be critical in ensuring a complete solution is being developed for farmers of the future.
Pioneer, our podcast series for serious innovators, continues to play a role in connecting you with the minds of some of the industries finest. In our latest episode we speak with Stuart McCullough, Director of Woolmark and CEO of Australian Wool Innovation. Stuart discusses leading innovation in the wool and agriculture industry, including the development of technology to improve connectivity between farm and animal. Download this podcast for an inspiring perspective on a global market at https://omny.fm/shows/ wrays-pioneer. In the words of Steve Jobs, “Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” At Wrays we know that the innovation journey is not always easy; sometimes you have to pivot, edit down and throw away ideas that are no longer working. Yet with these obstacles comes exciting opportunities! We value great minds and revel in working with individuals seeking to make a real difference. I am so excited for what is to come in 2019.
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our clients and aide them in their continued growth and education. The Gatherer seeks to provide you with the most relevant insights and news into the ever-changing intellectual property landscape, both in Australia and across the globe. In this edition, we will bring you insights, reforms and perspectives across a range of topics, including trade mark pirates, the barriers to commercialisation, autonomous mining, and the exciting AgTech sector - just to name a few. When I say the word pirate, you may conjure up a visual of Johnny Depp with dreadlocks, however Trade Mark pirates and counterfeit products are a widespread issue. Marie Wong discusses the implications of these practices, and the value in lodging a Customs Notice to act as a deterrent to would-be importers. From Vegemite to the cochlear implant, Australia has a rich history of world-leading R&D, yet as a nation we are slow to commercialise. This informative article shares the insights and perspectives presented by our panel at our recent Commercialisation Conundrum discussion forums. The varied advice of Albert Ferraloro, Linda Ginger and Trevor Holmes offers a holistic approach to dealing with the
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IoT - the ultimate solution?
18 Is your ship at risk of sinking due to Trade Mark pirates?
20 Tackling the Commercialisation Conundrum 24 The Intellectual Property of Autonomous Mining 28 New restrictions on contractual rights to terminate for insolvency
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30 The IP Perspective 32 Industry Insider 34 A unique aproach to Patents 35 What’s On 2019
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