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Cool Company Awards, 2009 – Nominations Open!

It's on again. Over coming weeks, we'll be scouring the nation for Australia's coolest companies. It's the first stage in Australia's most innovative business awards program - The Nomination Phase.

Minister Carr wants to know how you would spend $196 million

For those unfamiliar with the proposed Commonwealth Commercalisation Institute (CCI), the initiative was announced as part of the 2009 Budget. At the time, Nick McNaughton, writing for Anthill, made the observation that the CCI should be viewed as welcome relief, citing Powering Ideas - An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century and Australia’s failure over the last decade to keep up an appropriate level of investment in innovation compared to our peers.

Twitter is suing me!

Under this intensified pressure, is Twitter - the poster child of everyone's-invited, it's-fun-to-share, revenue-will-come-later, progressive web culture - becoming tetchy and litigious?

IP Australia issues security warning – Trademarks Scam

The national IP registrar recently received "numerous calls from trade mark owners who have received an invoice from a company known as TMP, Trademark Publisher".

Beware of geeks bearing gifts

Everyone knows the story of the Greeks infiltrating the enemy Trojan compound by hiding inside a giant horse. But not many people know that something similar is going on right now inside the commercialisation of public research in Australia.

Seeking venture capital? Need angel funding?

This first event in Anthill's upcoming 'Tunnel Talk' series, held in conjunction with Design Victoria, is a two-part initiative developed for business builders, commercial innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs and creative professionals seeking to identify investment ready ideas and acquire growth capital.

An almighty stink over rival iPhone apps

Legal stoushes over intellectual property infringement flare up all the time, and they are invariably serious affairs. But it's hard to keep a straight face watching this report from The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac, who tries to get to the bottom of the stink between Air-O-Matic - the makers of Pull My Finger (a popular iPhone application that was at one point bringing in US$10,000 a day), and the moguls from InfoMedia who cut Air-O-Matic's lunch by releasing their own Top Selling app, iFart.

Pitch Club delivers a knockout to Melbourne

Pitch Club in partnership with Melbourne Angels hosted its latest event in Melbourne last week. Over 140 people attended the event at Life.lab in the...

Dude, you stole my business idea! Confidentiality agreements 101

An issue close to the heart (and start) of any creative venture is how to protect your valuable idea or concept if you need to disclose it to others. A common way is via a confidentiality agreement.

Of logos, words and turf wars

Tony Eades' recent article, Is your logo a 'no-go'?, contained sound advice about the benefits of having a current and well-designed logo. Should you take up Tony's...

How to export design services

Last night, I was given the pleasure of moderating a panel of design exporters at the launch of The Case for Export, a handbook...

Stella Awards 2009… Rewarding human stupidity

Today I received a viral email announcing the winners of the 2009 Stella Awards. If you are not familiar with this prestigious honour, the 'Stellas'...

How to escalate your advertising

Getting your advertising under the noses of new customers can be a difficult task - so how about getting it under their palms? ...

Website of the Week: A quirky new path to market for product ideas

Ben Kaufman, who also founded mophie and kluster, is back with a new variation on NameThis: quirky. The premise is this: entrepreneurs and creative people in general are bubbling with far more product ideas than they can possibly pursue. Consequently, these ideas end up dormant or exploited by someone else. Described by Kaulfman as a "social product development company", quirky invites users to submit their product ideas for US$99 each - this ensures that only the best ideas are lodged. The quirky community selects one product from the pool of submitted ideas every seven days. From there, the community (known as "influencers") weigh in by voting, rating and influencing other people's product ideas.

Australian exporters can claim IP expenses from 1 July '09

For the first time, Australian exporters will be eligible to claim IP expenses under Austrade's Export Market Development Grant Program (EMDG).

Australian exporters can claim IP expenses from 1 July ’09

For the first time, Australian exporters will be eligible to claim IP expenses under Austrade's Export Market Development Grant Program (EMDG).

Australia's vanishing clean coal opportunity

If we are to defend and improve our competitive standing as a first-tier global economy, Australia needs to invest heavily in the development of...

Australia’s vanishing clean coal opportunity

If we are to defend and improve our competitive standing as a first-tier global economy, Australia needs to invest heavily in the development of...

The Fine Print: Know your art

Published in Australian Anthill Magazine, Dec 2008/Jan 2009 The most successful companies not only continually innovate but they position their innovations within a framework of competitor...

Selling our IP to the Chinese

An Aussie swimming coach sells training secrets to the Chinese and it hits the front pages of the tabloids. Fair enough. But our precious...

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