Optimise Your IP!

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EY & YBF are excited to bring to you a special masterclass session on Intellectual Property and what it means to you as a Startup

Speaker Bios

  • Paul Clarke is a Director at EY Law and has over 10 years’ legal experience in the media, information and communications technology sector and has deep industry experience in this space.  He is experienced in working with growth stage technology businesses and has a broad transactional background including in relation to telecommunications and IT, technology commercialisation, intellectual property licensing and venture capital investment transactions.  He also has broad advisory experience including in relation to commercial, privacy, intellectual property and corporate matters. 
  • Malia Forner is a Melbourne based Director in EY’s R&D and Technology Incentives Group. Malia has extensive experience in supporting entrepreneurs, start-up’s, mid-size companies and large corporates to access R&D Tax Incentives benefits in multiple jurisdictions across a range of incentive programs and from a variety of industries. She also consults with industry groups and governing bodies on R&D tax and innovation policy. Malia has a particular focus on and deep industry knowledge and experience of the Information Communications Technology and the Telecommunications Media sectors.
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What you will learn
  • Capture, Protect and Commercialise Intellectual Property in the Digital Space
  • What to think about when choosing an Intellectual Property Commercialisation Model for your Digital Intellectual Property
  • General knowledge and benefits of the flagship R&D Tax Incentive Program and Eligibility Criteria, and understand Industry Practice and Expectations of Government Administrators for R&D Tax for Startups


York Butter Factory

Vendor since 2012

The York Butter Factory is the co-working space for Melbourne’s high-potential early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

Established in 2011 inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, York Butter Factory is home to upstarts with bold, global ambitions and clear intentions to change the world.

Named after the original 1855 building, the York Butter Factory is situated on King Street at the base of the Rialto. This brilliant bluestone warehouse is the ultimate juxtaposition of old and new, building tech startups out of one Melbourne’s oldest structures. The 577sqm space is across two floors and has an open plan coworking space, informal collaborative area, meeting rooms, an industrial fridge and room for up to 60 entrepreneurs.

Opening its doors in October 2011, it has established itself at the center of a rapidly growing startup ecosystem in Melbourne. York Butter Factory was co-founded by the partners of Adventure Capital, who run their VC fund out of the space.

YBF already hosts nearly 50 startups largely in the Consumer Internet space. Opportunities to access funding is through its owners’ tech-focused VC fund as well as seed funding provided directly to deserving startups and via the Aurelius Digital angel investment network. There is a culture of collaboration, resource sharing and tough love. Tenants are curated with a view to fill the space with high-potential digital media and web 2.0 startups with a global ambition.

The vision is to become the central hub of the Australian tech startup ecosystem.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

York Butter Factory requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email York Butter Factory to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at York Butter Factory or organised by York Butter Factory must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by York Butter Factory.


I agree to give York Butter Factory unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at York Butter Factory classes and events or on York Butter Factory's premises. (For use of York Butter Factory marketing materials).


York Butter Factory requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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