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

ARENA funding for Australian Cleantech start-ups: How patents can assist

Australian start-ups are often cash-poor – and IP costs money.  We get that.  To that end, Shelston IP’s “Cleantech” team is constantly on the lookout for ways in which our local start-up community can combine the “necessary evil” of expenditure on intangible assets with funding sources specifically dedicated to such purposes.  With ARENA, we may

Lesson for creating a competitive start-up

The recent case of IPC Global Pty Ltd v Pavetest Pty Ltd (No 3) [2017] FCA82, provides a textbook example of how not to create a competitive start-up.   A group of senior employees left IPC and started up Pavetest in competition. IPC was the dominant player in marketing software to determine the material strength

Growth for Start-ups/SMEs begins with IP

Recent figures show that 70 per cent of local intellectual property (IP) protection filings (patent, trade marks, registered designs) in Australia come from SMEs.    These figures were presented by IP Australia Director General Patricia Kelly during a recent seminar Intellectual Property – your business here and abroad, hosted by IP Australia and InnovationAus. It’s