The Federal Government is considering tough new standards for innovation patents to stop large companies from abusing Australia’s IP system, admitting weaker patents can “create problems”.
A US start-up accused of intellectual property infringement says it was kicked off Kickstarter just 10 hours before its campaign was due to end, highlighting the potential risks of crowdfunding.
Home-based businesses and other small online retailers have been issued a warning from the payments industry body, which has launched a new program to help combat online card fraud.
Australia’s tax system has been labelled too complex, after a new report revealed the time spent on tax compliance has increased fourfold in 17 years.
A peak lobby group has called for the appointment of a dedicated federal minister to represent the interests of family-owned businesses, following the first National Family Business Day.
Franchisees and franchisors have been urged to do as much as “humanly possible” to scope each other out before entering into an agreement, as a court battle kicks off involving 10 former Bank of Queensland franchisees.
Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.
By freezing Commercialisation Australia grants, the Federal Government exposed systemic flaws in Australia’s innovation infrastructure. Here's how to fix the system. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Biotech start-ups looking to go stateside have been warned to prepare for a long, drawn-out process, following reports the US Food and Drug Administration has become more conservative with its approvals.
The Federal Government has put new grants on hold, surprising many in the R&D and grants community.
A major retail body is calling for action based on the findings of a report into parcel processing procedures, but the Federal Government and the Coalition continue to distance themselves from the issue.
MasterChef’s George Calombaris has been accused of “bullying tactics” after becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with Mr Whippy.
NSW shadow small business minister Adam Searle has delivered a second reading of his Small Business Commissioner Bill, outlining further details about the scope of the proposed role.
A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.
Another fashion retailer bites the dust, this time it's women's apparel chain Ojay.
UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a plan to set up a state-backed small business bank, although both sides of Australia’s political divide remain opposed to introducing a similar model here.
It may not win any awards at Cannes, but this new short film by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does a slick job of warning businesses not to form cartels, through the fictional story of highly-strung underling-turned whistle blower Martin Tully.
There are fears that the Federal Government is to axe grants used to support Australian start-up innovation as the Treasury searches for billions of dollars in budgetary savings.