In addition to site visits, the RC-APD’s Professional Development Program has incorporated an Eminent Speaker Program which has so far facilitated three speakers to share their knowledge and experience with our staff and students.
| Dr Vincent O’Brien is Director and Principal Consultant at Colby Phillips Advisory, a team of specialised individuals who provide a broad range of skills to assist with business development, commercialisation, and research and innovation solutions for a wide range of organisations. |
Dr O’Brien shared his commercialisation knowledge and experience in the field of branding and marketing with the RC-APD staff and students, and described how luxury and premium products can be profitably commercialised in Australia.
| Gerard La Fontaine is part of the University of Adelaide’s Innovation & Commercial Partners team. He is a registered patent and trademark attorney and manages all aspects of intellectual property. |
His experience in commercialisation provided a valuable opportunity for the RC-APD members to learn more about the complex field of patent searching with a lot of questions for the Q&A session.
| Craig Humphris is Principal of Wrays, a private IP specialist firm. Craig is a lawyer and patent attorney providing advice in relation to IP, with a focus on patent prosecution and litigation. |
His presentation, ‘Patents for protecting products derived from agricultural waste’ was a valuable insight on how to execute IP strategies, and was specifically aimed at the RC-APD’s research and potential commercial product area.