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Sitting comfortably? The overlap of copyright and industrial design

23 November 2016 @ 17:30 - 21:00


That replica Eames you’re sitting on is just the beginning. Often regarded by artists and designers as confusing and frustrating, the Copyright Act limits copyright protection for artistic works where a product is mass-produced.

This exclusive event with internationally renowned designers David Trubridge & Adam Goodrum, joined by a panel of experts and creators will explore the often fraught world of copyright and design laws. We will also look at recent commentary from the Productivity Commission’s investigation into intellectual property.

The Copyright Society of Australia in partnership with Piper Alderman invite you to join this passionate and vibrant open panel discussion.


  • Wednesday, 23 November 2016
  • 5.30PM registration and drinks
  • 6.00PM panel commences
  • 7.00PM drinks, canapes and networking


  • Piper Alderman, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney


  • David Trubridge, internationally renowned designer from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • Adam Goodrum, internationally renowned designer, Adam Goodrum Studio
  • Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Senator, ICSID – World Design Organization
  • Craig Finlayson, Assistant Director – Trade Marks & Designs, IP Australia

Craig Finlayson


Craig Finlayson is an Assistant Director within the Trade Mark and Design business unit at IP Australia. Craig has over 10 years’ experience in intellectual property (IP) and is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney. Craig has worked as a Trade Mark and Design examiner and now leads a small team within the Technical Hub, which provides technical practice, procedure expertise and legislative assistance in both trade mark and design examination matters.


Craig is passionate about assisting small business to understand IP, so they can make informed decisions about how to protect their brands, designs and inventions.


Panellist Dr Brandon Gien
Dr Brandon Gien


Dr. Brandon Gien is the Founder and CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia’s Good Design Awards. In 2015, Dr. Gien was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization – the first Australian to ever hold this position.

Gien was made a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) for his service to the design profession in Australia and is a Board Member of Shanghai City Government’s International Creative City Advisory Board. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Srishti’s Institute of Art Design and Technology in India and has participated as a Jury Member for some of the most prominent design awards in the world.


Dr. Gien was made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.


Panellist Adam Goodrum
Adam Goodrum
Adam Goodrum grew up in Western Australia then moved to Sydney to study Industrial Design. Since graduating he has received many accolades including the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ and the prestigious ‘Bombay Sapphire Design Award’. In 2007 he was selected as one of the most influential Australians in the Bulletin Magazine “Smart 100” – Design and Architecture. In 2015 Adam received the Indesign Luminary award and his installation “Unfolding” won the NGV Riggs Prize.


His practice combines self-initiated work with an impressive list of clients including Cappellini, Alessi, Normann Copenhagen, Tait and Cult. Adam is also a founding member of Broached Commissions. Adam’s work has been published and showcased throughout the world and is collected by Museums.

Panellist David Trubridge
David Trubridge


David Trubridge is New Zealand’s best known furniture/lighting designer: his work, which is all manufactured by his own company in Hawkes Bay, is sold and exhibited all around the world. His designs have featured in countless international publications, including the most influential, as an instigator of the trend of ‘raw sophistication’ and as an exemplar of environmentally responsible



In 2008 the French magazine Express listed David as one of the top 15 designers in the world, and in 2012 the Pompidou Centre in Paris purchased his ‘Icarus’ installation for its permanent collection.

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.

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23 November 2016
17:30 - 21:00
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Copyright Society of Australia
+61 2 9101 2377


Piper Alderman
Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place,
Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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