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FCT v Desalination Technology Pty Ltd

November 4th, 2014

AAT Decision – Desalination Technology Pty Ltd v FCT Click Here Full Federal Court Decision – FCT v Desalination Technology Pty Ltd Click Here In the case of ‘Commissioner of Taxation Vs Desalination Technology Pty Ltd’, the appeal by the COT was dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This case involved a taxpayer who paid an invoice by debiting a running account in favour of a supplier, where that account does not have to be settled under certain circumstances. The […]

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Australian Innovation spending at 30 year low

October 30th, 2014

Investment in research and development by the Australian government has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years according to an analysis of government figures. Accounting for only approximately 2 per cent of government investment, R&D spending has fallen to its lowest GDP share in 25 years. Australia has seen significant growth in research and development expenditure over the years, however despite this increased spending there remains a large gap comparative to expenditure in other international economies. According to the […]

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Patent Grant Program featured in The Australian Financial Review

October 15th, 2014

The Australian Financial Review recently featured Swanson Reed and the proposed Patent Grant Program in Tuesday’s release. The article Innovation crisis a matter of urgency, tax advisers say addresses the innovation crisis looming if the Australian Government does not act soon on policy to encourage investment in innovation. Swanson Reed collaborated with Wrays, intellectual property and patent advisers, to propose a patent grant system as an interim measure until the deadlock on introducing the UK-style-patent-box incentives breaks. Treasurer Joe Hockey echoed concerns by […]

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Patent Grant Program – Australia’s Patent Box Solution

October 7th, 2014

Recent research has indicated that 1000 extra patents per year (that otherwise would not have been filed) could add up to $7 Billion extra GDP per year in the Australian economy. It has been proposed that a new type of government endorsed grant program aimed to offset the cost of patent filing, could be Australia’s answer to the recent U.K. Patent Box controversy.   Why would a Patent Grant Program be more appropriate than a Patent Box tax incentive? It has been argued that Australia should […]

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Bryce Steele
Principal, Melbourne
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Tom Parkhouse
Principal, Sydney
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Andy Nguyen
Principal, Brisbane
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Kieu McKellar
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David Greatwich
Principal, Perth
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Sarah Guan
Manager, Hobart
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