[Fwd: Re: [Melbourne-pm] Talks for our next meeting]
david_dick at iprimus.com.au
Wed Mar 30 00:16:10 PST 2005
Well, i went to a recent lecture on the patent situation in europe at
the moment (mentioned in luv-talk) and one of the speakers was Peter
Eckersley from Department of Computer Science & IP Research Institute of
Australia at The University of Melbourne. Both the speakers that night
gave lectures to an audience comprising of geeks, business types and
patent attorneys without touching off a riot, which i thought was quite
Another possibility was the patent attorneys at the lecture seemed quite
eager to talk to the geeks present, including following us out and
receiving an ear-bashing for about half an hour. Perhaps they might
want the chance to talk about patents as well? The bloke i was chatting
to was from FB Rice & Co (www.fbrice.com.au).
I know next to zero about oz patents/etc so i thought it might be useful
if we just invited one or both of types of people in to give a "just the
facts" type talk.
For example, for both oz and possibly O/S as well,
Why do we have patents?
What are the alternatives to patents?
What is patentable?
Broad overview of procedures involved in filing a patent and defending
yourself against frivolous patent claims?
How are businesses using patents/copyright/etc in oz at the moment?
Are the FTA's that oz is signing with China/US/etc making any impacts on
Jacinta Richardson wrote:
> David Dick wrote:
>> well, i'd be interested to know what people feel about the idea of
>> getting an expert in australian patent/copyright/etc law to give a
>> talk. Maybe an idea for an osdc nite?
> I think it's an excellent idea for an osdc night. It'll certainly be a
> specific topic. Do you have anyone in mind?
> All the best,
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