Our intellectual property protection group specialises in representing intellectual property owners, particularly in the software and music industries. With over 20 years’ experience in intellectual property protection, we are well placed to deliver outstanding results and return on investment.
We act for a number of major international software developers and industry associations and can provide expert advice on all aspects of copyright protection including the design and implementation of large scale enforcement programs. These involve collection of evidence; identification of infringers; and negotiated or litigated resolutions.
Intellectual property protection begins with the identification of the client's IP assets - be they trademarks, copyright works (or 'non works') or designs - and ensuring that these assets enjoy the available regulatory and contractual protections. Trademarks and designs require registration and appropriate ongoing use, copyright requires a chain of title and appropriate licensing.
Protection of Intellectual Property rights entails deploying a range of remedies under the Copyright, Trademarks and Australian Consumer Law as well as common law and equitable rights in respect of "passing off" and confidential information. It means working closely with investigators and witnesses, negotiating with respondents and understanding how damages are measured.
The growth of the digital economy means infringement of Intellectual Property rights will become easier. As the technology evolves the types of infringement we are seeing also changes. What remains the same is understanding our clients' objectives and how to manage cost effective enforcement programs.
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