Our primary concern is to provide comprehensive intellectual property advice that protects our clients’ interests.
Our Intellectual Property Group works with clients to take early and effective action to protect the engine room of their business before issues arise. We also assist our clients with effective dispute resolution strategies followed up by litigation, if necessary, as an important part of protecting their intellectual property.
We advise clients across a range of sectors, including animation, new media, information technology, construction, wine, clothing, advertising, publishing and finance. We advise them in the following areas:
With business becoming increasingly global, we have forged relationships with specialist law and patent attorney firms both in Australia and overseas so that we can protect our clients’ intellectual property wherever and whenever the need arises.
12 May 2021 - Knowledge
The Federal Court has ruled that the Australian politician had infringed copyright of a popular Twisted Sister song in a jingle for the United Party Australia ads at the last federal election.
06 April 2021 - Knowledge
eSports is a booming industry, however, many of the legal issues surrounding eSports are in their legal infancy. In this article, we consider some of the applicable intellectual property rights and their application for both developers and professional gamers.
16 December 2020 - Knowledge
We discuss the impact of Brexit on EU and UK trade marks in the lead up to 1 January 2021, including an overview of key dates and procedures.
29 September 2020 - Knowledge
From 1 October 2020, IP Australia will increase fees for online and paper trade mark applications and for hearings through phone, video or in person.
06 May 2020 - Knowledge
Last month, the Full Federal Court handed down its decision in the Bega v Kraft saga that has revolved around the ownership and use of the ‘trade dress’ of the peanut butter formally sold by Kraft. The decision of the Federal Court in the first instance was upheld.
22 April 2020 - Knowledge
We outline some practical steps brand owners should take and be weary of when riding out the COVID-19 storm. Plus a discussion of recent trade mark disputes concerning Australian brand owners.
17 March 2020 - Knowledge
This article addresses the implications that Brexit may have on your intellectual property rights in the European Union.
18 September 2019 - Knowledge
US fashion retailer Forever 21 is facing potential liability of US $10 million following its unauthorised use of popstar Ariana Grande’s likeness, trade marks and copyright material for the purpose of creating a false perception that she endorsed its products.
04 September 2019 - Knowledge
Running events is not just the domain of music or arts festival organisers. Most businesses will from time to time run conferences, networking and other events. This article provides a checklist of the top issues for consideration.
27 August 2019 - Knowledge
There are only weeks left before important changes to the long-standing intellectual property exemption from restrictive trade practices come into effect. The latest update from the ACCC outlines the red flags to consider now.
09 July 2019 - Knowledge
As many businesses would know, picking a trade mark is not easy. Just ask US celebrity Kim Kardashian who had selected the name ‘kimono’ for her new shapewear range, but has since been accused of neglecting cultural considerations, prompting the Japanese Trade Marks Office to dispatch an envoy of IP lawyers to discuss the application with the United States Patent and Trade mark Office. We look at the latest on this matter – and the key lessons for business when selecting a trade mark.