Securing smart SA

Securing smart SA

Oct 1
Join Madderns’ Partner, Chris Wilkinson and Myriota CEO, Dr Alex Grant, to explore the benefits of focussing on intellectual property.
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Dr Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Myriota
Chris Wilkinson PhD, Partner, Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Event Overview

South Australia is becoming increasingly innovative. With a focus on space, defence, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, cyber security and fostering the growth of start-ups, more South Australians are returning to their home state from overseas and interstate to help grow our knowledge economy.
As companies grow many seek intellectual property (IP) such as patents, trademarks and designs to protect their new products and services.
Join this Trustee roundtable to hear from Madderns on the tangible benefits to companies that seek IP protection; and from local company Myriota who have grown to be a world leader in providing Internet of Things connectivity for remotely located devices based on a strong IP portfolio.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Dr Alex Grant
Chief Executive Officer, Myriota

Alex is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Myriota, which offers global internet of things connectivity via satellite. Alex was previously a Professor, and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. In 2004, he co-founded Cohda Wireless, the leading supplier of software for the Connected Autonomous Vehicle market. Myriota won the New Business category of the 2017 Telstra SA Business Awards. Alex was the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award, and the 2008 IREE Neville Thiele Award from Engineers Australia.

Chris Wilkinson PhD
Partner, Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Chris assists local and international clients to protect their Intellectual Property in Australia and around the world. Chris advises clients working in the ICT, space, medical device and engineering sectors, drawing upon his extensive IP experience and a diverse technical background, including a PhD in astrophysics and experience working in defence and medical research, to understand their technology and business aims in order to develop a suitable IP strategy. Chris is passionate about commercialisation and is chair of the SA branch of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ) and also a Trustee on the national LESANZ board.

Meet the host

Justin Jamieson
State Chairman, SA, KPMG

Justin has been a Partner at KPMG since 2008 and was appointed Chairman of Partners in South Australia in 2017. Justin also leads the KPMG Northern Territory and Tasmanian practices. Justin has advised many of South Australia’s largest organizations including Adelaide Brighton, Santos, SA Power Networks, Australian Rail Track Corporation and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Justin has a strong interest in health and wellbeing and has previously led KPMG's People, Performance and Culture initiatives and the Health and Wellbeing program. Justin was the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Future Summit Australian Leadership Awardee for 2010.

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