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Intellectual property barriers and enforcement overseas

Intellectual property barriers and enforcement overseas

28.07.2021 Spruson and Ferguson

Exporting products or services is a goal of many business owners. However, those that do export rarely ever speak of an incident-free journey to market. Some major incidents are the result of issues with intellectual property (IP), including with branding/trade marks, domain names, copyrighted images and written works, patented products and processes, and registered product designs. Therefore, it is important to conduct searches in the intended export market, and ensure your IP is protected and enforced.

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Roborigger gears up for global growth with the opening of its new manufacturing facility by Innovation and ICT Minister Don Punch

Roborigger gears up for global growth with the opening of its new manufacturing facility by Innovation and ICT Minister Don Punch

20.07.2021 Export Council of Australia

Perth-based crane lifting and logistics automation company Roborigger celebrated a significant milestone with the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Wangara today. Innovation and ICT Minister Don Punch officially opened the factory with Roborigger customers, shareholders, local WA suppliers, and stakeholders in attendance.

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Intellectual Property: Protect your great ideas when going global

Intellectual Property: Protect your great ideas when going global

19.07.2021 IP Australia

Intellectual Property (IP) protection can help you establish your position when entering markets around the world. Research into trade mark activity tells us that businesses with a trade mark are more likely to become exporters, and, after filing a trade mark in an export market, they perform better, That’s why IP should be considered early to protect your business and your products.

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Understanding the changes to EMDG scheme

Understanding the changes to EMDG scheme

05.07.2021 Austrade

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) have been helping Australian businesses grow their exports since 1974. From Atlassian to Zimmermann, close to 50,000 Australian businesses have grown their exports in overseas markets with the help of EMDG.

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Saudi Arabia: Vision and Opportunity

Saudi Arabia: Vision and Opportunity

21.06.2021 Austrade

Significant opportunity exists for Australian businesspeople in Saudi Arabia, as it undergoes extensive economic and social transformation under its “Vision 2030” diversification plan.

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United Arab Emirates – Looking beyond oil

United Arab Emirates – Looking beyond oil

08.06.2021 Austrade

The UAE is well known for its modern infrastructure, international events and status as a trade and transport hub. It’s political and economic stability, and fast-growing capital markets, contribute to its attractiveness as both a place to invest and to operate businesses with a regional focus. It has the most diversified economy in the Gulf, but Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the non-oil sectors of transport, tourism, hospitality, real estate and retail, on the back of a shock to the economy from the drop in global oil prices.

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Export Opportunities in South Africa for Australian Businesses

Export Opportunities in South Africa for Australian Businesses

07.06.2021 Australian High Commission, South Africa

South Africa’s rich endowment of gold, minerals, and base metals has long presented opportunities for competitive miners and mine engineering and technical service (METS) providers. Today ASX-listed companies are the largest foreign investors in South Africa’s mining sector. Australian companies are also the largest presence at South Africa’s annual “Investing in African Mining Indaba”. While Mining Indaba is normally held in Cape Town in February each year it was conducted “virtually’ in 2021 and attracted major and junior miners from Australia and around the world. Participants heard President Cyril Ramaphosa speak about plans to strengthen South Africa’s investment environment and create new business opportunities in mining and related sectors, such as energy, renewable energy, and the hydrogen economy.

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Nigeria: opportunities in Africa’s cultural hub, a services giant ready to engage

Nigeria: opportunities in Africa’s cultural hub, a services giant ready to engage

07.06.2021 Australian High Commission, Nigeria

A market of 200 million people, Nigeria has the largest population and economy in Africa and is projected to grow to 264 million by 2030, becoming the third most populous country in the world by 2050. It is also blessed with abundant natural resources, significant oil and gas wealth, and a very young population with a median age of 18.

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Middle-East and Africa Regional Insights

Middle-East and Africa Regional Insights

07.06.2021 Austrade

The Middle-East and Africa region comprises two distinct sub regions – Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Sub Saharan Africa. Pre-pandemic, the World Bank and IMF had predicted 3-4% economic growth in the sub regions in 2019-2021. But with the onset of COVID, only certain economies in MENA are expected to rebound this year compared to the rest of the region, due to benefits from higher crude prices, reduction of OPEC+ cuts, and vaccine rollout.

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Join the ECA team! New position available

Join the ECA team! New position available

27.05.2021 Export Council of Australia

Here is an exciting opportunity to join the Export Council of Australia (ECA) as a full-time Membership Development and Events Manager (for an initial contract of 12-months).

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Trade marks: improving export entry and performance

Trade marks: improving export entry and performance

24.05.2021 IP Australia

For Australian businesses, exporting is an attractive option for a growing business. Opening up new and potentially larger markets around the world. In a global economy, business value and intellectual property are becoming increasingly connected. But what can we learn from trade mark activity

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Featured Member: Avanta Premium

Featured Member: Avanta Premium

24.05.2021 Jun Gao

Established in 2019, Avanta Premium is a NSW based, Australian owned and Australian made brand manufacturer of milk based products namely baby formula, proteins, supplements and more.

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Exporters - Are You Giving Away Your Important Business Assets?

Exporters - Are You Giving Away Your Important Business Assets?

06.05.2021 Spruson and Ferguson

In my experience Australia is a ‘clever country’ and Australian businesses frequently produce highly innovative products and processes. However, I have often seen that business owners are sometimes too quick to dismiss their products and processes as not being innovative enough to warrant patent protection.

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There's More to Morocco!

There's More to Morocco!

29.04.2021 Australian Embassy, Rabat

Morocco is more than the wonderful country and people that immediately spring to mind. Morocco has a sophisticated industrial base of highly elaborated manufacturers and well-developed financial markets.

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New IP Counsellor to China

New IP Counsellor to China

28.04.2021 IP Australia

IP Australia is pleased to announce our new intellectual property (IP) Counsellor to China – Charlotte Trinh. Charlotte is an experienced international IP lawyer, with extensive experience working in China.

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Attracting US investors to Australia - the opportunity is now

Attracting US investors to Australia - the opportunity is now

27.04.2021 Mr James Loughridge

The economic devastation of COVID-19 has presented Australia, much like the rest of the world, an opportunity to build back better and reset our economic trajectory. As budget deficits and debt overhangs loom, our relationship with the United States is a conspicuous component of this reset and growing back stronger.

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Mauritius: (Is)land of opportunities

Mauritius: (Is)land of opportunities

27.04.2021 Dr Kate O'shaughnessy

Mauritius, a small island developing state with a population of 1.3 million, is probably best known as a tourist destination. Pre-COVID, the country welcomed over a million visitors annually, and was a promising market for Australian premium food and beverage exports.

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Webinar: India Emerging Opportunities for NSW Exporters amid COVID 19

Webinar: India Emerging Opportunities for NSW Exporters amid COVID 19

22.04.2021 Dianne Tipping

India is one of the world's fastest growing economies, with a population of more than 1.3 billion and an expanding middle class. A ‘top 5’ economy undergoing ambitious reforms, it is an attractive market for Australian exporters.

Despite the economic impact of COVID-19 in 2020, there is strong and growing demand for Australian goods and services. A fast-growing middle class, rapid urbanisation and a stable, reformist government underpins this demand.

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EcoVadis Platinum Sustainability Awarded to Down Under Enterprises

EcoVadis Platinum Sustainability Awarded to Down Under Enterprises

20.04.2021 Export Council of Australia

Down Under Enterprises, an Australian-owned family business that grows, produces, exports, and markets traceable and sustainable native botanicals, today announced receiving EcoVadis’ prestigious Platinum Sustainability ranking. The Platinum level is reserved for the top 1% of 75,000+ businesses rated by EcoVadis globally.

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Advancing FTA negotiations and vaccine diplomacy

Advancing FTA negotiations and vaccine diplomacy

14.04.2021 The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan will travel to Europe and the United Kingdom for further Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, to encourage investment in Australia and to discuss vaccine supply.

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Featured Member: Australia Asia Technology Incubator (AATI)

Featured Member: Australia Asia Technology Incubator (AATI)

14.04.2021 Jun Gao

While being aware of the great work ECA had been doing for Australian exporters, the main reason for Australia Asia Technology Incubator (AATI) formally joining as a member, was to reach a broader network of health and wellness companies beyond our existing successes in helping Australia’s medical research sector commercialise successfully overseas.

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Recognising remarkable resilience: Resetting manufacturing operations saves Tasmania’s Novaris

Recognising remarkable resilience: Resetting manufacturing operations saves Tasmania’s Novaris

13.04.2021 Export Council of Australia

Family-owned Novaris, Tasmania’s electrical componentry manufacturer, had to quickly re-evaluate its operations and innovate after COVID-19 significantly impacted access to suppliers and manufacturing. Established in 1995, Novaris provides custom designed products to prevent equipment damage caused by direct lightning strikes, surges and other electrical disturbances on power and data signalling lines.

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How to set your business up for export success: An effective strategy

How to set your business up for export success: An effective strategy

12.04.2021 Export Finance Australia

If you have plans to expand internationally, it is important to ensure that you are set up for success. An effective export strategy is key for every business considering going global. Whether you’re already exporting your products or services, part of an export-related supply chain, looking to expand overseas, or a business in emerging and frontier markets.

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