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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

The courts have consistently held that confidential information created in the course of an employee's employment belongs to the employer but what is meant by the term “in the course of employment.” Unlike copyright works and patentable inventions where ownership of the IP is important, the key issue with confidential information is how to keep [...]

By | 2011-01-17T12:13:30+00:00 January 17th, 2011|Innovation and R&D Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Protecting Your Intellectual Property

AAT Decision 879 2010 Research And Development Tax Claims And Record Keeping

The recent decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in HZXD v Innovation Australia [2010] AATA 879 highlights the importance of good record keeping for companies claiming benefits under the R&D Tax Concession Program.  If you couple this with AusIndustry's 2011 scheduled increase in compliance activities then good record keeping is money in your pocket. From 2011 Ausindustry plan to review 15% [...]

By | 2011-01-13T12:11:59+00:00 January 13th, 2011|Innovation and R&D Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on AAT Decision 879 2010 Research And Development Tax Claims And Record Keeping

Small Business Legislative Changes

Changes to industry codes on fair conduct, the definition of what is a small business employer for unfair dismissal provisions and the introduction of the paid parental leave scheme became effective from 1 January 2011.  The new Competition and Consumer Act puts in place tougher enforcement powers that apply to all industry codes, including the [...]

By | 2011-01-01T12:09:09+00:00 January 1st, 2011|Small Business|Comments Off on Small Business Legislative Changes