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Empowering Innovation – Copyright and the Ideas Boom

7 July 2016 @ 17:30 - 20:00

$45 – $70

The Government’s recent Innovation Statement is the banner for a set of policies that the Government hopes will unleash an Australian “Ideas Boom”.   With the Federal election cast in terms of a post-mining boom transition to an innovative, agile and nimble economy, what role will copyright play in this innovation cycle?

The Copyright Society of Australia and Marque Lawyers have invited four cutting-edge innovators from the solar, health, music and entertainment industries to discuss innovation at the coal face and how copyright enables their businesses and industries across new technologies and business models.

Nathan Mattock of Marque Lawyers will host a panel discussion with:

  • Simon Barnes, Co-Founder and VP Corporate Development Smart Matter
  • Adrian Fitz-Alan, Principal at theAntithesis
  • Stephen Peach, Director at Riley Street Consulting, Partner at StartMesh
  • Gaurav Sood, Founder of HealthTech

Please join us at Marque Lawyers on Thursday 7 July. Registration and drinks from 5.30pm. Canapes will follow the presentation. 

Simon Barnes, Co-founder, Matter Technology

Simon is a co-founder of Matter, an Australian-based technology start-up that lets property investors and their tenants share solar. The service enables tenants to get clean, cheaper energy without the need to invest in solar, and gives landlords a new source of income on investment properties by harnessing the cost advantage of distributed solar. Simon is responsible for Matter’s corporate development activities. His 20 years of executive experience includes business development, marketing and consulting for global technology companies IBM and Capgemini. Simon left big corporate to change the energy market and in doing so, change our world for the better. Whilst he doesn’t like to admit it, he has a degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Adrian Fitz-Alan, Principal at theAntithesis

Adrian has a background of over 20 years global experience in Australia, the US and UK as a senior executive across several multi-national entertainment companies. His positions have ranged from chief-of-staff and COO-equivalent roles, through to several senior business affairs executive positions and general counsel. theAntithesis is a business/strategic and legal advice consultancy, providing a range of specialist entertainment, media and intellectual property services.

Stephen Peach, Director at Riley Street Consulting, Partner of StartMesh

Stephen is a business consultant with a strong copyright background. As a Partner of StartMesh, he guides top entrepreneurs with viable offerings toward global commercialisation. Stephen also provides specialist business and strategic advisory services with particular focus on the media, entertainment and digital sectors. Previously, Stephen was CEO at Moshcam, an online media company focused on the live music sector. He is perhaps best known in the sector as the CEO of ARIA and PPCA from 2002 to 2010. Before that, he was a Partner at Gilbert + Tobin specialising in intellectual property.

Gaurav Sood, Founder of HealthTech

Gaurav is a product manager, engineer and strategy consultant with a passion for healthcare and technology innovation. He worked at the Bionic Ear Institute as a Research Engineer on cochlear implant calibration software and speech pathology software. He spent several years in enterprise and financial software first at Westpac, then on the implementation of ForexClear – the world’s first Foreign Exchange default management platform used by 16 global investment banks. In 2012, Gaurav graduated from the world leading entrepreneurial MBA at IE Business School, where focused on innovation strategy and worked on a medical device commercialisation project with scientists at MIT. He recently worked as a Product Manager for the leading healthcare analytics consultancy Prospection where he was recognised for the design of innovative customer-centric solutions. Gaurav founded the HealthTech Sydney Blog in 2013 to improve the healthcare innovation ecosystem. He is active in the health innovation sector as a public speaker, and has presented at several conferences and organised over 22 health seminars. Gaurav is also a mentor to startups at Muru-D (the Telstra accelerator).

CPD (NSW): If this function is relevant to your immediate or long-term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of law, you may claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, breaks not included.


7 July 2016
17:30 - 20:00
$45 – $70
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Marque Lawyers
Level 4, 343 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia


Copyright Society of Australia
+61 2 9101 2377