Reforming the R&D Tax Incentive

The government’s proposed changes to the R&D Tax Incentive will have a significant impact on how our country capitalises on its innovation strategy and competitive position, compared to peers in the global innovation ecosystem. The core services and expertise of the Xenith IP group revolve around R&D, IP and innovation. We are acutely aware that

The art and science of understanding patent documents – 3 tips for inventors

It is very common for patent examiners to cite patent documents as prior art to support novelty and inventive step objections.  However, the information in patent literature is different to the kind of information published in peer-reviewed journal articles. In the latter case, the technical information is written for other scientists/engineers and is presented in

The use of IP in innovation and complementary intellectual asset advisory services

In a recent article, we outlined the role of IP in the innovation process. In particular, we noted that the innovation process can be conveniently described as having 4 main stages, namely:   conception of innovative ideas, the research and development (R&D) stage, commercialisation of products or services, and the marketing of those products or

R&D Tax Policy hits a new low

Glasshouse Advisory reports on proposed changes to R&D Tax program to benefit foreign multinationals over Australian based multinationals.   When Treasurer Scott Morrison announced his intention to overhaul the current R&D Tax Incentive program in the recent Federal Budget, he cited a need to restore integrity to the current program and to reward those companies

New Zealand’s proposed second-tier “Advancement” patent yet to advance

As seasoned patent scribes, who have between us covered almost everything of significance coming out of New Zealand over the past 15 years, the manner in which a recent article resonated was somewhat unexpected.  The article didn’t cover the new Patents Act 2013, poisonous divisionals, the TPP, or even Eminem supposedly suing the NZ Government

Investment perks for investors in early stage innovation companies (ESICs): Encouraging investment in your cleantech start-up

Investors financing eligible early stage innovation companies (ESICs) may be entitled to tax concessions and capital gains tax exemptions.  Unlike many other merit-based grant schemes, ESIC investor incentives are open to investors in any and all companies that meet the eligibility criteria.  Therefore, qualifying as an ESIC may represent a significant drawcard for your cleantech

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