DCC Out & About – December 2016

DCC Out & About – December 2016

DCC Out & About – December 2016

How to avoid getting caught out by the new privacy data traps 

Throughout November DCC held a series of seminars entitled “Be prepared! Don’t get caught out by the new privacy data traps!”. Brisbane kicked off the series on the 23rd November, then Melbourne on 29th, followed by Sydney on the 30th. The seminars educated attendees on the new legislation on mandatory reporting of security breaches and re-identification of anonymised data; an important subject for any business which handles personal information, including the names and contact details of customers and clients. 

Gordon Hughes of Davies Collison Cave (a renowned expert in the area of intellectual property commercialisation, information technology law, eCommerce, and data protection) presented with David Thompson from Forensic Technology and Investigations (FTI) Consulting. 

Attendees discovered how to deal with a data breach should it happen to them, how to avoid data breaches and how to learn from past mistakes.

Angels and Government 

On Wednesday 30th November, Alistair Smith of Davies Collison Cave Brisbane chaired a breakfast seminar to educate SME’s on support available to them and the role of Angel Investors in the commercialisation ecosystem. SME’s were also educated on how to best position themselves in order to maximise the available opportunities.  

SME’s have found that seeking funding can be a daunting challenge at the best of times, particularly in today’s highly competitive funding marketplace.  With that in mind, DCC hosted an educational seminar which included tips from guest speakers Dr Stuart Hazell, Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Fusidium Pty Ltd, and Commercialisation Adviser with the Commonwealth’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme and Mr Mike Avey, CEO of Brisbane Angels Group Limited.

Avoiding risk and maximising commercial opportunities through IP

Davies Collison Cave, with the support of Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) held a seminar on the 14 September in Hobart.

Speakers Ian Drew and Michael Cooper discussed how businesses use their brand, ideas, and innovations to maximise their commercial and competitive edge, specifically in Australia, New Zealand, China, and the ASEAN markets.

Through the use of real-life case studies, speakers discussed the risks associated with failing to proactively secure and leverage IP protection. 

APAA 2016 

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) ran its 66th council meeting this year from 8 to 11 October. This year the event was held in Bali, Indonesia where Anthony Cowle, Will Hird, David Webber, Mathew Lucas, Nik Ramchand and Esther Seow represented Davies Collison Cave. The APAA now has 2,315 members from 17 recognised groups. With its large pool of members and expertise, the association is well placed to play an influential role in promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian Region.

Hunter Manufacturing Awards 2016

Now in its 12th year, the 2016 Hunter Manufacturing Awards was an impressive evening at NEX in Newcastle, bringing the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future’ to life with some innovative ideas and products. 

The awards aim to showcase and promote excellence within the NSW Hunter region’s manufacturing sector. DCC has been a Supporter for several years.  Principal Will Hird and several other members of DCC’s engineering team were proud to participate once again, this year as the Innovation Award Sponsor.

We congratulate all of the excellent winners, particularly R&R Murphy which took out the gong for Manufacturer of the Year, and the Innovation winner – Hedweld Group of Companies.  For more on the winners, click here.

Knobbe Martens Event in Singapore 

On 17 November, Davies Collison Cave Singapore and Knobbe Martens Intellectual Property Law conducted a seminar to discuss patentable subject matter, explore recently addressed cases, and address their wider implications.

Dan Altman, Partner and US Patent Attorney at Knobbe Martens Intellectual Property Law, Mathew Lucas and Ross Clark both partners at DCC spoke at the event.

Here is a link to the video of the discussion presented by Dan Altman.

AusBiotech/AusMedtech End of Year event

DCC Sydney was very pleased to continue its tradition of hosting this vibrant event in November, which grows in reputation and numbers each year.  

DCC Principal, Gavin Recchia welcomed guests and was joined by Lorraine Chiroiu, Deputy CEO of AusBiotech, who spoke about the focus and recent progress of AusBiotech on key issues facing the local biotechnology community.

Guests were also treated to short presentations by three university iGEM teams.  The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts for over 10 years. 

Student teams design, build and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.  The teams from Macquarie University, UNSW and Sydney University had some very impressive projects.

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