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IP Protection: Differentiating and Protecting your Hardware Business

Western BACE
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Creating a hardware startup today is easier than ever, but for most companies, scaling remains the single biggest challenge as demand for their products grows. Successfully achieving scale starts at the design phase. With careful consideration of key details like DFM (Design for Manufacture), second source supply, and intellectual property protection, you can ensure your customers will get a quality product, on time, every time without blowing out your costs.

In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of intellectual property (IP) management and protection as it relates to manufacturing. We will help you identify the main IP threats related to manufacturing, and help you overcome them with practical advice that you can put into action straight away.

The workshop series is aimed at anyone interested in physical product design and manufacture, especially hardware startups, engineers, makers and those working within the manufacturing industry in roles such as purchasing, quality and supply chain. Come along for an opportunity to meet like-minded people and share experiences, expand your knowledge of best practices, and pick up practical, actionable tips to improve your hardware manufacturing.

About HardworX
At HardworX, www.hardworx.io , we help growth stage startups and scaling SMEs unlock the power of hardware by demystifying manufacturing and the hardware supply chain. Through our initiatives such as workshops, innovation tours for early stage hardware startups, and STEM outreach activities, we develop and enrich the global hardware innovation ecosystem. Videos from the 2017 Innovation Tour to Shenzhen, China, can be found at https://www.hardworx.io/media.

About Vela

Motivated by a love of learning and the practical application of knowledge, Vela, Founder of HardworX and Principal Consultant at Georgiev & Associates, has built a career in engineering with a focus on manufacturing, operations and supply chain. Vela brings 15+ years of experience through projects in areas such as agtech, instrumentation and smoke detection; and a proven track record of successfully launching hardware products into volume manufacturing.

About Laura
Laura is an experienced intellectual property lawyer and registered trade mark attorney. She advises and assist clients in relation to all aspects of intellectual property management including brand protection and disputes, copyright, domain name disputes and arbitration, confidential information, licensing, commercial drafting and privacy law. She works with a range of local and international clients including small family owned businesses, SMEs and large multinational corporations in a wide range of sectors including software, app and tech development, financial services, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, creative and marketing, recreation, education and energy and resources.

Laura is the quintessential lawyer who loves her clients – no job is too hard and no problem is too small. Her innate understanding of what her clients need enables her to achieve the results her clients want.

While Laura does have the required love of the law, she’d still prefer to tell you how great her last weekend was and the latest and best eatery in Melbourne. While still suffering from the bad habits she accumulated growing up in Perth, Laura brightens the office with an irrepressible enthusiasm for life and everything in it.


Diversity & Inclusion
We are offering a limited number of free tickets to underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and/or supply chain fields. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: those ientifying as female, people of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, and disabled people. Mnimum two tickets available. Please contact info@westernbace.com for more details.


We are also offering two discounted tickets for early-stage hardware startups. Please contact info@westernbace.com for more details.