We'll hear from Carel Smit, International Keynote Speaker, Author, and IP Strategy Advisor dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs, innovators and governments how to protect, launch and profit from their unique ideas using the power of Intellectual Property.
In his 18-year career in IP law Carel has devised IP strategies for multinational companies, government organisations, and SMEs. He is an expert at IP monetisation, having served as senior patent counsel for Australia's leading patent assertion entity, while also having written and prosecuted high stakes patents in the fields of biotechnology, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, mining, and medical devices. He has monetised patents for internet, e-commerce, and communications technologies from Australasia, Africa, and North America.
Although he tasted early success in his career as the founder of two IP practices on two continents, several life-threatening health issues that he had ignored helped him realise that he needed to follow his true calling and help companies and non-profits reach their full potential through innovation and entrepreneurship.
A business columnist and radio personality, his articles have been featured in numerous publications locally and abroad, while his career as speaker on entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property monetisation have helped him to influence thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Keen to use his IP skills for the greater good, he co-founded a medical devices company which has helped countless diabetic patients avoid amputations and live lives of greatly increased quality in more than a dozen countries.
Carel holds BSc(Hons), MSc, and LLB qualifications.