Building innovative capability in Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear industries

Building innovative capability in Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear industries

Building innovative capability in Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear industries

Recently Davies Collison Cave was delighted to host a seminar on Building Innovative Capability in Australia’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries. Our guest speaker on the night was Professor Roy Green, Dean and Professor of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Business. He took his undergraduate degrees at the University of Adelaide and a PhD in economics at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Research Fellow, and worked subsequently in universities and government in Australia, the UK and Ireland. Professor Green has published widely in the areas of innovation, industry policy, regional development and workplace analysis. He has also undertaken projects with the OECD, European Commission and Enterprise Ireland. Most recently, he reviewed the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industries for the Federal Government. Professor Green submitted his report ”Building Innovative Capability“ on 29 August 2008, subsequently, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr has publicly called for submissions in respect of the 15 recommendations set out in the report. Those in attendance were delighted to have the opportunity to meet and speak with Professor Green.

On the night Ray Hind, a senior partner of Davies Collison Cave who has extensive experience in the area of patents and registered designs, spoke about the inherent tension between following fashion and IP protection. With over 40 years experience, working for both corporate and private practice in the UK and Australia, Ray is recognised as an authority on European and Australian patent law.

Ray is also a Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, The University of Melbourne and a course convenor and lecturer in the Master of Laws course. He is also an Honorary Associate, Faculty of Law, Monash University and a course consultant and lecturer in the Master of Laws course at the University. Ray has been a lecturer in the Academy of the Institute of Patent Attorneys and is a past consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on design law. He is a co-author of the designs commentary in Lahore, Copyright and Designs.