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Intellectual Property

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Every year in Courts, both here and overseas, hundreds of cases are heard on the infringement of intellectual property rights.  Many involve businesses that have not taken the precautionary steps to protect their intellectual property.  Protecting and maximising the commercial value of your intellectual property is equally as important as protecting any of your other business assets.  We can assist you with:

  • Identifying intellectual property assets and determining the most appropriate form of protection
  • Managing and exploiting intellectual property assets including providing advice on licensing, joint venture and other arrangements as well as suitable structures and associated liability and tax issues
  • Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights including assisting in resolving disputes with competitors and enforcing rights against infringers.  This can be done by a variety of methods and when required we have a substantial commercial litigation practice which can assist.
Copyright

We have offered commercial legal advice to copyright owners in Australia and overseas for over 30 years. Copyright infringement is often difficult to establish – our lawyers combine legal expertise with sound commercial judgement, helping you to control, protect and commercially benefit from these assets.

 

We deal with the protection and exploitation of copyright on a daily basis including advising on film, television, music, book publishing and computer software as well as licensing, distribution and breach of copyright claims. We have a depth of experience in commercialising intellectual property in a range of industries, combining legal and technical expertise with sound commercial judgement.

Trade Marks

Our team has over 60 years of combined trade mark experience and includes a dedicated trade mark attorney. This experience includes identifying, protecting and managing brands and the associated intellectual property rights.

We can represent you in both prosecuting and defending trade mark opposition proceedings and trade mark removal proceedings.  We handle a wide range of intellectual property ownership disputes including actions for trade mark infringements.  In particular, we have developed expertise in resolving disputes by alternative means. 

We can file overseas applications or direct agents in other jurisdictions, depending on what works best for you. Where necessary, we instruct overseas agents to assist in the prosecution of overseas applications through to registration.

We are not just trade mark lawyers, we are also commercial lawyers with experience in dealing with brands and other intellectual property rights in many areas of business. We can help you by providing broad and practical advice, offering solutions that add value to your brands and wider business.

Confidential Information

We can advise you on how best to protect your confidential information. This may be through drafting and negotiating confidentiality agreements and advising on their enforceability. We draft confidentiality agreements to cover aspects such as pre-contractual discussions, due diligence for the sale of businesses, technology and know-how and pitching of ideas to third parties.

Internet & Domain Names

The Internet provides both opportunity and risk for your business. It requires careful consideration of multi-jurisdictional legal issues and we can assist you in navigating through these challenges. Our team has experience providing advice to businesses on registration, disputes and cyber squatting.

Patents

We can help you obtain patent licences and also conduct patent litigation on behalf of patent owners and alleged patent infringers. The team has experience with patents for such diverse items as industrial fans, poker machines, building products, agricultural equipment and engineering equipment.

Advertising & Packaging

We can advise you on the protection of your packaging, labelling and get-up including passing-off and infringement. Our aim is to ensure that you have systems and strategies in place to maximise competitive advantages whilst avoiding misleading and deceptive conduct. We will also provide you proactive intellectual property advice ensuring compliance with relevant industry codes and legislation.

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Our Intellectual Property Achievements

Asia Pacific Legal 500

We have been listed as a recommended law firm in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2006/07 - 2016 inclusive) for Intellectual Property.

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Legal Directory

We have been ranked as a leading firm for Intellectual Property in the 2013 Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Legal Directory.

Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession

The Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession recommended us as a leading NSW Intellectual Property Firm for 2011.

Related Areas

Commercial Litigation & Insolvency

Corporate Advisory

International Business

Media & Entertainment

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