Why you might need an Intellectual Property lawyer:

At New South Lawyers, we are passionate about protecting all the rights you can see. As well as those that are slightly more intangible - such as intellectual property. Because while IP may be short in abbreviation, in a growingly digitised world, it’s a big deal. 

This area of law refers to things such as patents, trademarks, brands, databases, or trade secrets. While these innovative assets are often under-appreciated, our team of intellectual property lawyers can help you understand their true value and monetise them in the most strategic way possible.

What we do:

A trademark is a form of brand protection that distinguishes your products or services and provides you with the exclusive right to use, licence, and sell the mark (be it a logo, letter, number, word, phrase, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture, movement, aspect of packaging, or a combination of these). Intellectual Property Law (or IP Law) matters can arise in the process of applying for a trademark requiring you to act to protect your trademark, enforce your rights, or deal with parties who may oppose your trademark application. Furthermore, while there is no legal requirement to register a trademark, if someone else has already registered the trademark you intend to use, they can take legal action against you. If these matters sound familiar, we are here so you can get help now.

The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) regulates copyright in Australia in relation to original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, and subject matter other than works. If you have content of this nature that requires Intellectual Property Law protection, reach out to learn more.

Intellectual Property Laws (as well as general Australian Consumer Law) can protect the branding and ideas associated with most business ventures. Brands may also be protected under “passing off” - laws designed to prohibit corporations from engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct in trade or commerce. If you are concerned about protecting your brand, find out how we can help you. 

New South Lawyers can help you decide what data needs to be included in a database, how to organise the data, and how different data elements may receive copyright protection. Ask our Intellectual Property Lawyers for advice.

Trade secrets can be any confidential information of value. Unlike other Intellectual Property rights, trade secrets are protected by keeping them a secret, and (unlike a patent) are not registered with IP offices. However, Trade Secrets are protected by common law and other contracts like Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). Enquire in confidence.

Did you know that Intellectual Property Law can also extend to the protection of your visual assets? If you would like your design concepts protected, speak to our Intellectual Property Lawyers. You have rights. Find out yours.

IP protection covers a broad scope of Intellectual Property Law - including trademark, copyright, patents, designs, plant breeder's rights, and circuit layouts. Is your business protected? Reach out to find out.

IP valuation is a legal and financial analysis to identify and value intellectual property assets. Understanding what makes your IP valuable, is a key process in maximising that value. Our Intellectual Property Lawyers can help with this.

 New South Lawyers can help you formalise a contract between employees and employers that outlines the terms and conditions for how an organisation’s Intellectual Property is protected when employees create inventions as a function of their job. Contact us.

Under an Intellectual Property Law assignment agreement, you permanently transfer some or all IP rights to the assignee in exchange for a specified sum. In a similar way to the process of selling physical property for a permanent transfer, you can sell the rights to a third party. However, as it can be a complex and confusing process, we suggest you get help now.

Innovation (understood as the complex process of taking an idea to market) generally involves two main phases that may require protection under IP law. The first is the research and development (R&D) phase, when a company acquires technology. And the second is the commercial phase when products are launched on the market. Reach out to our Intellectual Property Law team to learn more.

A patent is a right that is granted for any new device, substance, method, or process that is inventive and useful. It is also a legally enforceable right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent. If this applies to your creation, find out how our Intellectual Property Lawyers can help you.

There are different ways to enforce your Intellectual Property, either before litigation or through a formal lawsuit. We can help with both options. Ask us for advice.

Who we do it for:

We have helped both companies and private individuals protect their brand, and also commercialise their IP assets where appropriate.

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