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Tue 22 Mar
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm


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Can Intellectual Property protection support ethical design? Past Event

Presented by Griffith Hack

Ethical design – design that strives for greater societal good – should be fostered. Commercial pressures can influence the ability of designers and innovators to pursue environmentally sustainable products and processes. In order to support design with a positive environmental and social impact on the planet, there need to be mechanisms that address those commercial pressures. This event, held in the form of a discussion between a panel of industry leaders, brings together different perspectives on ethical and sustainable design and shares with the audience how it can be supported and grown in Victoria with intellectual property fostering collaboration.

The discussion will cover a variety of issues including:

• Whether protecting ideas can be a driver for ethical design across the sector;

• The frameworks for supporting ethical design, such as investing in greater product longevity, sustainable materials and sustainable manufacturing;

• How to facilitate investment in new, sustainable methods of production and keep these methods and techniques in Victoria;

• How to facilitate collaboration between individual designers and larger companies while protecting the ideas each party ‘brings to the table’; and

• How to maintain the integrity of the design (e.g. anti-counterfeiting) and the design process so that it increases the value of the design and production industry in Victoria.


Dr Justine Lacey

Dr Justine Lacey leads CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform and a researcher examining the interface between science, technology innovation and the associated ethical, social and legal consequences of new and disruptive science and technologies.

Lou Tabacchiera

Lou Tabacchiera is the Director of Henledar Australia, who provides insights on the commercial realities of pursuing good design in a competitive market from within one of the world’s leading plastic container producers.

IP Professional

The leading IP professional will speaker to the legal protections available for innovators with experience across all facets of design and production.