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Taking on the opposition

Companies that value their own intellectual property (IP) and are aware of their competitors’ and the competitive IP landscape will routinely watch for the acceptance and/or grant of patents by competitor companies or related entities.

How to get IPO ready

Listing on the stock exchange is a complex and expensive process, often consuming up to 10 percent of the funds raised, so it’s important to get it right.

The price is right

In any M&A transaction there is an exchange of value, commonly known as ‘the price’. The seller is after a stellar premium and the buyer wishes to get a bargain. How does this work? The answer is: the seller and buyer can have common ground as they often look at the business differently.

The importance of keeping research records

In the spring of 1997, Alberto Stampa filed a US provisional patent application claiming a process for making loratadine, the active ingredient in the...

Legal: What’s in a name

Today’s consumer is faced with a vast choice of product and ever-increasing advertising. If you want to be seen and heard in the marketplace, you must develop brands that occupy centre stage in the consumer’s mind and that promise clear benefits. The starting point for creating a strong brand is the careful selection of a brand name.

Legal: What's in a name

Today’s consumer is faced with a vast choice of product and ever-increasing advertising. If you want to be seen and heard in the marketplace, you must develop brands that occupy centre stage in the consumer’s mind and that promise clear benefits. The starting point for creating a strong brand is the careful selection of a brand name.

Legal: Joint development

THE FINE PRINT Joint development: covering all bases   Are you working with another company, consultant or research body to develop new or improved products or...

Cashflow: Why profitable businesses go bust

If business is selling products or services and buying labour and parts at the right price, why do so many go bust? Cash is often...

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

IP litigation

You might be feeling pretty good about yourself because you've secured your intellectual property. But the reality is, a patent or trademark is not...

Counterfeiting – a global problem

Counterfeiting is rife in Australia and many people who would consider themselves law-abiding are involved. We're not talking counterfeit currency here, but the manufacturing, importation...

Intellectual property

If you're like most people, you've probably already had that world-changing idea, but never acted on it. If your company is like most others,...

Legal: Getting your business IPO ready

A thorough legal clean up of the company several months in advance of going to market removes the risk of having your dirty laundry...

Media shake up – only the moguls will gain

The Packer deal took everybody by surprise. It coincided perfectly with the media reform announcements, but in fact had more to do with maximising shareholder value than with media reforms.

Here we go again

Everyone knows that business is all about cycles. What goes down must go up, and vice versa. With my dot-com scars so recently healed, I am loathe to be trumpeting another technology boom. But things are certainly afoot.

The silver dream

The similarities between start-ups and film projects are even greater in the US, where venture investors are likely to install their own people into a business for a short period of time to help get it moving.

Legal: Business method patents

One of the great misconceptions about patents is that they can only be obtained on an invention of a tangible item. However, patents can also be obtained for how a business function is performed, provided certain criteria are met. These patents are known as "business method patents".

Google wants you to stop Googling

As anyone who has passed within earshot of me over the last few years knows, I'm a Googleophile. Of course, this hardly makes me Robinson Crusoe. Millions of people around the globe believe Google is more than merely a hyper-successful technology company; it is a force for human advancement.

Heroic profits

Microsoft. Amazon. Intel. Federal Express. Google. Due to economies of scale and network effects, these firms are likely to dominate - for decades - the global industries that they created. Australia desperately needs to create new industries as the USA has done and as all other first-world nations are struggling to do.

Small business is big business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. More than one million of them operate in Australia, accounting for a staggering 97 percent of all private sector businesses. They employ around 3.6 million people, representing 33 percent of our workforce and 49 percent of all private sector employment.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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