Join us for an afternoon of professional development seminars

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On Thursday 27 February, we will be hosting three seminars that will allow you to earn CPD/CPE points towards your professional development, while networking with your peers. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on arrival, with 15 minute tea/coffee breaks between sessions.

The seminars that will be presented are below. You may attend individual seminars, or all three using the link at the bottom of the list.

The duration of each seminar will be approximately 1 hour.


Ethics update  – 12:15pm
Presented by Greg Chambers

Ethics is an important issue which underpins professional duties. This seminar will discuss ethical obligations with reference to recent case law.

CPD/CPE Category and points – Ethics and Professional Responsibility – 1 point


“Software is eating the world” – Software, Copyright and how not to get bitten – 1:30pm
Presented by Melissa Wingard

Whether it be software transforming and disrupting industry, or the all-pervasive use of software in our day to day working (and non-working) lives, the issue of using and accessing software has never been more relevant. Software, being comprised of source code, is generally considered a literary work in Australia – and to be able to use that, software parties should enter into a licence agreement granting rights to that software.

The terms of the licence agreement are critical in establishing the relationship between the parties, and to specify how the software may be used, sounds simple but there are many variations. This talk will look at the differences in licence grants, understanding open source software, and who is responsible for security and managing vulnerabilities in the software. We will also look at “Software as a Service” and how the licence agreement needs to change from the licence agreement for software used on premise or cloud hosted. Learn the key features of a software licence agreement, and how getting it wrong may expose your company to risk.

CPD/CPE Category and points – Substantive Law – 1 point


Patents around the world – 2:45pm
Presented by Andrew Massie

Andrew will update you on changes that have taken place over the past year in the patent systems of countries that matter, as well as some that don’t. Come and learn why Brexit is a fizzer in terms of European patent law, and why the New Zealand Patent Office is making us feel good again.

There will also be an opportunity for you to contribute your knowledge of any important changes that Andrew overlooks.  No country will be considered too obscure and no change too insignificant.  So please come along, armed with facts and figures, and have your say.

CPD/CPE Category and points – Patents – 1 point