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IP Australia and BEC Australia urge business to protect their intellectual property

Steve IP Signing.JPGIP Australia and Business Enterprise Centres Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) designed to raise awareness of intellectual property (IP) issues and urge Australian businesses to identify and protect their IP.

Signed on March 13, the MoU aims to strengthen the relationship between both organisations and identify collaborative activities that will promote small business growth.

“Nearly all businesses own some form of IP that is important to their operations and ongoing success, from customer lists to patented products.” says Phillip Noonan, IP Australia Director General. “Once you have identified and protected your IP you can explore how to make your IP turn to profits.”

The first initiative to be realised from the agreement is a nationwide seminar series entitled “10 Steps to making money from Smart Ideas” at selected centres around the country.

The BEC Charter is to work with and on behalf of the micro and small business sector and act as a voice for small business. There are more than 100 Business Enterprise Centres currently in operation throughout all states and territories in Australia.

Dates and session details on upcoming events will be released on April 7.

Pictured are Philip Noonan, Director General IP Australia and BEC Australia Board Member, Steve Jamieson (Capital Region BEC) at the MoU signing