Intellectual Property and the Business of Innovation (Melbourne)
Free Public Lecture
Woodward Conference Centre
Level 10, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
T: 9035 1111
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Against the backdrop of over a quarter of a century of uninterrupted growth, and stock markets posting new multi-year highs, it is tempting to conclude that Australian business is in great shape. However, underlying these statistics is a disturbing downward trend in business investment in R&D, and continued lacklustre patenting activity by Australian firms. Meanwhile, on the international scene (and notably not just in the US), we are observing double digit growth rates in platform-based businesses built around breakthrough new technologies.
It is also significant that these firms have built up vast intellectual property estates which form a key part of their competitive advantage. In this talk Mr Ferris will explore some of the challenges that he believes Australian firms will need to overcome if they are to compete effectively in the decade to come, and the role that intellectual property can play in assisting them.
The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property
The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property was established by the Melbourne Law School, in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, in 2009. The Lecture is named in honour of the Law School’s distinguished alumnus, Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2008-).
This event is presented in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, and has been generously supported by AIPPI, IP Australia, IPSANZ and LESANZ
6:00pm - 6:30pm Pre-lecture refreshments
6:30pm - 8:00pm Public Lecture
Mr Bill Ferris AC, Chair
Mr Bill Ferris AC
Innovation and Science Australia Board
Bill Ferris AC is a 45year veteran of private equity in Australasia, founding Australia’s first venture capital firm in 1970. He has held numerous of directorships, including as chairman, in range of public sector and private sectors organisations, including: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Accolade Wines Australia and UK, Austar United Communications, Bradken Resources, and Australian Trade Commission. Mr Ferris was appointed Chair of the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) Board in November 2015. ISA is an independent board responsible for providing strategic wholeofgovernment advice on all science, research and innovation matters. In January 2018 ISA released Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation, a national roadmap for action to strengthen Australia’s innovation performance and help put Australia on track to be a toptier innovation nation by 2030. Mr Ferris holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1970. He is the author of three books: Really Making a Difference (1993), Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (2000), and Inside Private Equity (2013).