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

Tech start-ups: Let’s end the irrational fear of software patents

Shelston IP has in recent years been fairly critical of IP Australia’s ever-tightening policies for examining (and rejecting) patent applications in the computer technology space.  To a greater extent, our frustrations tend to arise from our work with local technology start-ups, for whom the availability of patent protection and the presence of a robust patent

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