Intellectual Property & IT

IP and information technology law

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Optimisation of intellectual property and technology can be critical to driving the competitive advantage of a business or start-up.

Intellectual Property

Our IP group will help your business growth by protecting and leveraging your brand, ideas, inventions and innovations and your creative works.

With an enviable track-record in disputes, clients rely on our breadth and depth of knowledge to solve their most significant challenges across copyright, trade marks, designs and know-how.  In addition, we have specific expertise in the therapeutic goods and general life sciences sector. We provide specialist advice to private and publicly listed companies, government entities and not-for-profit organisations including:

  • IP due diligence
  • collaborative development projects
  • brand protection
  • product labelling
  • divestment and acquisition of IP
  • advertising and promotions
  • new media and e-commerce
  • licensing of copyright, trade marks, patent protected inventions and know-how
  • protection and disclosure of confidential information
  • IP issues including advice on copyright, trade marks, designs, circuit layouts and confidential information.

Information Technology

On the technology side, our lawyers are experienced, responsive and alive to the actual requirements of clients operating in the technology and communications areas. We have a deep understanding of the challenges involved and how to promote successful outcomes.

Our track record includes complex and business critical work for both customer and vendor side organisations in Australia and around the world. We provide legal and regulatory support for all aspects of technology procurement, outsourcing and other commercial arrangements, including:

  • preparation and negotiation of a wide range of IT contracts including software development, licensing, distribution, maintenance and support agreements, software as a service agreements, cloud services agreements, dispute resolution service agreements and customer contracts
  • structuring, negotiating and implementing technology joint ventures and a variety of partnering and sourcing arrangements
  • advisory and contentious work arising out of technology and sourcing agreements, including mediation, litigation and arbitration work
  • expert advice on privacy issues.


  • Australian News Channel: providing strategic advice to Australian News Channel in relation to brand protection including trade mark strategy.
  • Ferrero SpA and Australia: acting for Ferrero SpA in relation to trade mark matters in Australia and assisting Ferrero Australia with advertising agreements; advice on proposed advertisements; advice on advertising codes and related matters.
  • L Capital Asia, LLC: detailed review of all Australian intellectual property aspects of the 2XU sports products business.
  • Beiersdorf Australia Ltd: advice on, and drafting, sponsorship agreements, marketing campaign agreement, talent agreements, experiential marketing agreement, creative services agreement, digital services agreement, and social media services agreement.  Advice in relation to advertisements in various media.
  • Japan Tobacco International v Commonwealth: acting for JTI in relation to intellectual property issues in the Constitutional challenge in the High Court of Australia to plain paper packaging legislation.
  • Microsoft: working with Microsoft legal team on various contracts including one with a major telecommunications company and another with an international accounting firm.
  • Barrick Gold: drafting and negotiating a major outsourcing agreement.
  • Microsoft: providing advice to Microsoft in relation to privacy aspects of the storage and use of data located in data centres in Australia and overseas and also in relation to the various government departments and other bodies that could potentially access data held within Australian data centres.
  • Beiersdorf Australia Limited: working with Beiersdorf on its privacy compliance audit and assisting in the drafting of relevant documents including its privacy policy.