Patented in 1996, WLAN, or WiFi as it is commonly known, is now installed in an estimated five billion devices such as laptops, phones, cameras and games consoles. On 24 November 2013 the CSIRO confirmed that all of their WiFi patents have finally expired.
Canberran Trish Smith sat on a plane waiting for take-off. From her seat, she watched a bottleneck of passengers form behind a young woman who stood blocking the aisle, searching through her carry-on luggage bag, slowly unpacking items she apparently needed during the flight and putting them into the seat-back pocket, such as her iPad, headphones and a makeup bag.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and so it was with Emma Lovell and the birth of Fly Babee. This is a dual purpose travel canopy that packs flat into a 500 g case but pops out into a dome made from black-out material that can be used on planes or prams.
Fashion label Finders Keepers has a strategic approach to securing its Intellectual Property (IP). Each month, the head designer and one of the label’s founders, Melanie Flintoff, decide what designs are the most unique and moves to have those fabrics or patterns registered with IP Australia.
Even though they had a ‘cool’ idea and couldn’t wait to get it to market, intellectual property (IP) was among the first considerations of inventors Adam Dubrich and Leigh Warren when it came to getting their Cricket Cooler® to market.