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Since 1996, we have been involved in several startups:
Advance Queensland - DSITI pop entrepreneur events at The Precinct, Fortitude Valley QLD 2017-
Mark Sowerby Chief Entpreneur (DSITI, Advance Queensland)
Steve Baxter, River City Labs at The Precinct
Patient Continuum - Queensland Health Metro North Brisbane
It is dangerous to share an idea with a 3rd party that a competitor with more overseas resources can snap up with their vast business acumen and wipe out less resourced companies like mine. It is not wise to share intellectual property with a city council unless there is a non-disclosure agreement to prevent others taking that idea and capitalizing on it as so often happens in the computer industry. Many others copy good ideas and the owner of the idea gets nothing like me.
Kodak lost appeal against Apple for using its image processing patents.
In 2012, USA is attempting to enact laws (Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act) to allow record, music and video companies to remove sites that infringe copyright. The whole domain is removed not just the offending material destroying the good with the bad, very draconian.
In 2012, France enacted Hadopi law (3 strikes on piracy of music or videos):
In 2010 and 2011, Australian and NSW Governments are allowing contractors to reuse or retain ownership of software intellectual property:
In 1998, what Dwight Walker did in developing Web indexing tools, technology and training was too little too late in regards to protecting his intellectual property from those coming afterwards! Hence he went into Web design, Web portals and mobile phones to escape becoming extinct. Even that needed to be supplemented by music to survive but this failed when several government tenders or contracts snowballed to drain cashflow in 2012.
Be very wary of sharing your ideas with Americans or other bigger more advanced countries. They will copy you and do not pay royalties. They are much quicker on the uptake than Australians and will not include you in their plans. Free Trade Agreements usually favour the bigger country too.
Australians tend to be net importers of technology we've found. They do not support local talent due to the cultural cringe.
Export your talents to the world if you are an Australian. Overseas people will appreciate you much more than Australians who are full of doubt and pride and are very old fashioned about stopping the under-class designing and building something without being exploited by the higher-up people in the food chain. Australians like the status quo and crushing innovation to protect vested interests. Witness the cartels that are being uncovered every year in the Australian Stock Exchange between competitors that are using price-fixing to increase prices to their advantage. Contrary to popular opinion that Melbourne is more old-fashioned, Sydney is the most conservative city in Australia, especially the Eastern Suburbs and North Shore.
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