Sydney IP Summit: Program

Tuesday 1 May 2018, Australian Technology Park, Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW

09:00 - 09:05


  • MC: Tim Harcourt, The Airport Economist

09:05 - 09:20

Opening address

  • Patricia Kelly, Director General, IP Australia

09:20 - 10:20

Hook me up

In need of some support to grow your business? We've got you! In this session panellists will outline how you can access grants and funding, create connections and get expert advice. You'll also get some insider tips on how to attract venture capital funds.

  • Aapo Skorulis, General Manager, NSW/ACT State Office, AusIndustry
  • Matthew Proft, Startup team Manager, Jobs for NSW
  • Ulric Ferner, Venture Associate, Right Click Capital

10:40 - 11:55

Workshop 1: Inventors: what you need to know

Got a great invention? Have you protected it with a patent? In this workshop you'll learn the basics of intellectual property (IP) protection, focussing on how to leverage your IP as a commercialisation tool. Facilitators will talk about pathways to commercialisation and how to engage an attorney.

  • Kevin Restrick, Patent expert, IP Australia
  • Natalie Chapman, Managing Director, gemaker
  • Mal McKechnie, Co-Founder, Knog

Workshop 2: Creating and protecting your brand

Your brand is your voice in the marketplace. If you're looking to build a strong, enduring brand then this workshop is for you! Facilitators in this workshop will cover how to develop a brand strategy, tips for standing out in international markets and the steps you can take to protect your brand through registered IP.

  • Tegan Van Nispen, Trade Mark Specialist, IP Australia
  • Fleur Brown, Founder, Launch Group and TEDx Sydney (and lead mentor with Stone & Chalk)
  • Matthew Overington, Head of Communications, Koala

Recharge lounge

Explore some of IP Australia's newest services and initiatives, ask questions and provide feedback. Our new Australian Design Search and Trade Mark Assist products will be on display for you to test out. Alternatively, take this time to say hi to your fellow conference goers, explore the Australian Technology Park grounds or grab a coffee.

12:40 - 13:40

China - the big opportunity

More and more businesses are taking the leap into the international marketplace. If you're considering taking your business overseas then don't miss this opportunity to hear from our IP Counsellor to China, David Bennett, who will share some of the opportunities, challenges and tips for Aussies looking abroad, including the options when someone infringes on your IP.

  • David Bennett, IP Counsellor to China
  • Bing Liu, Asia Lead, Global Markets, Austrade
  • Jessica Wilson, Founder, Stashd

13:40 - 14:55

Workshop 3: Growing your business through research and development

Research and development (R&D) can help you gain knowledge to design, develop and improve your products and services. This workshop explores how R&D can enhance your long-term success, the benefits of industry - research collaboration, and the ins and outs of applying for the R&D tax incentive.

  • Gary Colquhoun, Innovation Connections Facilitator, AusIndustry
  • Shelley Copsey, New Ventures & Commercialisation Leader, Data61
  • Rob Watkins, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Natural Evolution

Workshop 4: Global ambitions: support for exporters

So you've decided to embark on the export journey! In this workshop you'll hear about some of the initiatives which can help you take on the world: from the need-to-know things about exporting, tapping into global innovation hubs and the financial options available to help you succeed.

  • Dominic Bilbie, National Manager, Export Market Development Grant, Austrade
  • Dianne Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia
  • Charith Amarasinghe, Associate Director, SME Origination, Efic

Recharge lounge

Explore some of IP Australia’s newest services and initiatives, ask questions and provide feedback. On display will be our Portfolio View. You can also chat to our trade mark, patent and design experts.

15:15 - 16:15

The internet stole my thing

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but most businesses want to avoid copycats. In this panel session, speakers will discuss how you can protect your brand, designs, and artistic and literary works in Australia and overseas. The session will also cover what to do when someone infringes on your brand.

  • David Bennett, IP Counsellor to China
  • Grant McAvaney, CEO, Australian Copyright Council
  • Stuart Anderson, Co-Founder, Flow Hive

16:15 - 17:00

Keynote address

  • Catherine Ball, Co-Founder, Sheflies


Closing remarks

  • MC: Tim Harcourt, The Airport Economist