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Rebecca Thom

Expertise

Rebecca is a registered Trade Mark Attorney who works with a diverse range of clients to protect their valuable brands. With 12 years of experience across a broad range of industries, markets and portfolios, Rebecca has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of trade mark protection and enforcement in a large number of countries worldwide.

Experience

Rebecca’s experience includes:

  • providing initial trade mark advice to businesses and individuals, including brand creation, availability searching, and protection strategy
  • preparing, filing and prosecuting national trade mark applications directly with IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ), as well as Madrid Protocol international applications with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO);
  • working with a well-established network of trusted associate firms worldwide to protect and enforce trade marks in a large number of countries
  • overcoming objections raised during examination of trade mark applications, including filing written submissions, preparing evidence of trade mark use, and negotiating consent from third party trade mark owners
  • advising and assisting clients in brand enforcement, including preventing and resolving disputes and unauthorised third party trade mark use
  • negotiating and drafting trade mark co-existence agreements and assignments
  • prosecuting and defending trade mark opposition and non-use removal proceedings before IP Australia’s Hearings Office including preparing evidence and submissions
  • assisting with appeals of IP Australia Hearings Office decisions in the Federal Court
  • managing and maintaining large and diverse trade mark portfolios, including attending to trade mark renewals, declarations of use, and advising on maintaining protection validity
  • creating and maintaining ‘brand snapshots’ for clients including tailored trade mark portfolio overviews, gap analyses and mitigation of potential risks and vulnerabilities.

Publications

11 September 2019 - In the News

Penalties for unfair contract terms – what is the Government waiting for?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Government, #Procurement

Despite mounting pressure following the recent investigation of UberEats by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, the Federal Government is yet to make good on its pre-election promise to strengthen the unfair contract term regime.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

Penalties for unfair contract terms – what is the government waiting for?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the Federal Government soon to commence consultation on the unfair contract term regime, we review the current system and outline key implications for businesses if changes are implemented.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

How to sell your business without losing business: Regular housekeeping (Part 1)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Selling a business can be a full-time job. We share the steps owners can take at different stages in the business sale cycle to prepare and seal the deal – without losing business in a four-part series, starting with five tips that will make a business 'sale ready'.