From the early stages of a business through to scaling up,  ensuring your (or your client’s) business has perfected its intellectual property ownership is crucial.

Join us for an insightful exploration into the intersection of copyright law and the dynamic world of startups. Our event, ‘Startup Spotlight: Copyright Conundrums and Compliance’, delves into the crucial aspects of intellectual property protection that every startup founder and entrepreneur should know. From understanding copyright fundamentals to navigating licensing agreements and fostering innovation within legal boundaries, our expert speakers will provide practical insights and actionable strategies. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, an established startup, or simply curious about the legal landscape of innovation, this event promises to illuminate the path towards success while safeguarding your creative endeavours.

Kaelah Ford, Head of Intellectual Property Legal, Canva
Kieran O’Neill, Principal, Tidal Ventures
Nathan Mattock, Partner, Intellectual Property, Marque Lawyers
Simon Barnes, Director, Energy & Utilities, Databricks

Emma Johnsen – Partner, Intellectual Property, Marque Lawyers


Date:  Thursday 20 June, 2024
Venue: Marque Lawyers
Level 4, 343 George St, Sydney
In-person: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Drinks and canapes will be provided
Live Stream: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

In-person: Members $55 | Non-members $80
Online: Members $35 | Non-members $60

1 CPD unit for attendees

All members and friends are welcome.

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Kaelah Ford
Head of Intellectual Property Legal, Canva

Kaelah leads the Intellectual Property Legal Team at Canva. She joined Canva in 2019 as their third in-house counsel, before establishing the intellectual property specialty in 2021. In that time, she has experienced Canva’s rapid growth trajectory from 20 million monthly active users in 2019, to over 175 million today. Kaelah and her team are focused on a number of priorities, including content & music licensing, the development and use of generative AI, trade marks & brand protection, patent portfolio management, dispute resolution, and more.

Kieran O’Neill
Principal, Tidal Ventures

Kieran is a Principal at Tidal Ventures. Known for combining his finance background and time in the trenches, founding his own startup, to helping founders see around corners and get to their next stage of growth.  Prior to Tidal, Kieran co-founded Hometime, where he assumed various roles, including leading go-to-market teams, serving as CFO, managing acquisitions, and navigating team scaling.

Nathan Mattock
Partner, Intellectual Property, Marque Lawyers

Nathan has been a partner at Sydney based commercial law firm Marque Lawyers since 2008 and specialises in intellectual property, content & innovation and commercial litigation. Nathan has worked with many start-ups over his career, helping founders navigate through the sometimes confusing maze of exploiting and protecting their intellectual property.

Simon Barnes
Director, Energy & Utilities, Databricks

Simon has extensive experience in bringing leading-edge technologies to market for established companies, growth-stage businesses, and early-stage startups. Currently, he leads the energy and utilities sector in New South Wales for Databricks, a global company specialising in data, analytics, and artificial intelligence. Prior to this role, Simon served as the head of APAC for C3.ai, assisting major industrial companies in implementing predictive and generative AI applications at enterprise scale. Before that, he spent ten years building an Australian-based Internet-of-Things startup, where he walked the tightrope of commercialising an innovative business while safeguarding its intellectual property.


Emma Johnsen
Partner, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Marque Lawyers

Emma is a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation groups at Marque Lawyers. Emma is also the Vice President of the Copyright Society of Australia.  Emma advises in respect of both front end and back end IP, with a specific interest and expertise in the content industry, particularly music, sports and the broader media.