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Carel Smit

Carel Smit is a former S&P Global 100 IP counsel, now IP strategist, author and speaker. He has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Popular Mechanics, as well as a host of local and international publications and radio shows. 

A former ABC panelist, he co-founded Photizo (a medical devices company), Smit & Van Wyk Inc. (a boutique IP firm), Xensis S.A. (a software distributorship), Patentworx (an e-learning company), and Patenteur (an Australian IP law firm). He is the CEO of INTANGBL, an IP strategy company focused on mining and autonomous vehicles. He creates and implements IP strategies to help enterprises protect, launch and profit from their innovations.

Having served also as IP advisor to local and foreign governments, Carel’s publications, public seminars and workshops have shown thousands of innovative companies how to ID and protect their IP and use it to attract funding, drive profitability, and collaborate freely with others.

In his career in IP law he 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, pharmaceuticals, mining, and medical devices. He has monetised patents for internet, e-commerce, and communications technologies from Australasia, Africa, and the US. 

In 2016, several life-threatening health issues that he had ignored helped him realise that he needed to follow his true calling and help businesses maximize their potential through innovation and IP.

Using Intellectual Property in HR

The most inane piece of corporate feel-good tripe being spouted by CEOs and middle managers is: "Our people are our biggest asset".

Why you're doing it wrong: anatomy of an IP-Centric Company, Part 1

As discussed in a previous article of mine, there are various types of intellectual property rights that can and should be used by business to generate shareholder value and create sustainable stepchange innovation. These are typically grouped as (i) patents for inventions, (ii) design registrations for new product shapes, (iii) copyright for literary or artistic works, and (iv) trade marks for brands and logos.

Birds of a Feather - How IP Rights Flock Together

Like any specialist, I live in a world peppered with jargon.

Yes, IP is the currency of the 21st century

It all started in June 2007 when a tall, attractive, blonde woman walked into a small copy shop in Surrey, UK. She had with her a folder containing a document of some 780 pages in length.

The Extreme Value of Intellectual Property

I start my public presentations on Intellectual Property (IP) with the statement: “IP is never an issue, until it’s an issue”.

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Carel Smit's Picks

Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss.  
 Ferriss is best known for his Four-Hour Work Week book, which focused on tips, tools, insiders' secrets & hacks to help young guns use principles of maximum efficiency and efficacy to help their businesses flourish without demanding all their time.  This was followed up by the Four-Hour Body and the Four-Hour Chef, which focused on fitness and learning hacks, respectively. 

Taking a break from writing and investing, Ferriss developed a side interest in podcasting, which has now grown to over 200 episodes featuring guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins, Jamie Foxx and other amazing characters in the fields of business, medicine, entertainment, training, defence, and motivation - generally, any field in which it is possible to identify a quantified leader.  He breaks down their habits, quirks, routines and anything that could be used to act as a predictor of success, and he has now captured the results of those episodes in an easy-to-read book called Tools of Titans, which was released on 6 December 2016.

Favourite (current) quote: 

"If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right..." - Jerry Seinfeld to George Costanza in Monk's Cafe, during an episode of Seinfeld called "The Opposite".

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Yes, IP is the currency of the 21st century

It all started in June 2007 when a tall, attractive, blonde woman walked into a small copy shop in Surrey, UK. She had with her a folder containing a document of some 780 pages in length.

The Extreme Value of Intellectual Property

I start my public presentations on Intellectual Property (IP) with the statement: “IP is never an issue, until it’s an issue”.

Birds of a Feather - How IP Rights Flock Together

Like any specialist, I live in a world peppered with jargon.

Why you're doing it wrong: anatomy of an IP-Centric Company, Part 1

As discussed in a previous article of mine, there are various types of intellectual property rights that can and should be used by business to generate shareholder value and create sustainable stepchange innovation. These are typically grouped as (i) patents for inventions, (ii) design registrations for new product shapes, (iii) copyright for literary or artistic works, and (iv) trade marks for brands and logos.