“Deep expertise in both contentious and advisory trade mark and copyright work”. Chambers Asia Pacific 2014
Our Trade Marks team are specialised trade mark, design and domain name lawyers. We have experience in advising a broad range of clients in relation to all trade mark, design and domain name issues. Our clients include those in the music and entertainment industries, media (television, radio and magazines), food and beverage, manufacturing and retailing sectors, computers and technology, tourism and a variety of service industries including financial services, advertising and business administration.
We regularly undertake urgent trade mark searching and advice, including full availability searches and IP due diligence searches and reporting for business sales, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and IPOs. Through our extensive network of overseas associates, we can also co-ordinate trade mark and common law searches in foreign countries. In addition, we also provide advice on unusual trade marks. This includes the preparation of applications and advice in relation to unusual trade marks such as 3-D shapes, packaging and colours. We have advised on and filed defensive trade mark applications including formulating market surveys and preparing detailed submissions.
Our firm also offers a comprehensive range of design registration services. We advise numerous clients on total design protection strategies, including clients in design rich industries such as the fashion, food and beverage and homewares sectors. Our firm has particular expertise in the area of copyright/design overlap, which can effectively extinguish all product appearance protection in Australia for unwary companies.
In addition, our lawyers are also highly experienced in advising on all aspects of domain names, including obtaining registration, enforcing domain name rights, advising on a variety of top level domains and advising on and handling numerous domain name disputes.
We offer access to a full range of brand protection and trade mark services as listed below:
- clearance searches and risk minimisation advice
- strategic filing advice
- prosecution of trade mark, design, business name and domain name applications in Australia and overseas
- oppositions and non-use applications
- domain name disputes
- IP enforcement and infringement
- IP due diligence services
- assignments and licensing
- commercialisation advice.
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Partners and Special Counsel
Other Team Members
Anne Clement||Lauren Eade||Anna Smyth