IP Legal

More than just protection.

Every business faces unique legal issues.  At Watermark, we don’t use a one-size fits all approach.  We listen, ask questions, pay attention and then tailor advice that suits your business.

Watermark’s dedicated team of intellectual property lawyers has a wealth of experience across a range of IP issues, from commercialisation and licensing to protection and enforcement.

We work with local, national and global companies to advise them on strategic intellectual property management. With a flexible, commercially driven and solutions-oriented approach, we make sure you get the most out of your IP.

Our IP Services

Protect and secure your IP.

We want to protect, strengthen and help you grow your business every step of the way.  The breadth and scope of our IP services means that we can give you the competitive edge you need to stay ahead in your industry.

We offer advice and expertise in the following services:

COMMERCIAL ADVICE ON IP PROTECTION, REGISTRATION & USE

  • Brand guidelines and image protection
  • Business names
  • Competition law
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Copyright, performers’ and moral rights
  • Design applications and registration
  • Freedom to operate searches and IP clearance
  • Packaging, labelling and advertising
  • Parallel importation
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights applications and registration
  • Privacy obligations
  • Recordal of assignments and security interests in IP
  • Social media best practices
  • Trade mark applications and registration
  • Strategic trade mark advice (including international filing)

IP DEVELOPMENT & COMMERCIALISATION

  • Confidentiality and non disclosure agreements
  • Copyright licensing
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Licensing of Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements
  • Patent licensing
  • Publishing agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Technology evaluation agreements
  • Technology transfer
  • Trade mark licensing

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, SOFTWARE & INTERNET REGISTRATION & ADVICE

  • Corporate group IP licensing and assignments
  • Domain name registrations
  • Employees and IP
  • IP audits
  • Joint and co-ownership of IP
  • Outsourcing and IP ownership
  • Ownership structures
  • Privacy policies
  • Software licensing and support agreements
  • Website terms of use and terms of online trading

BUYING & SELLING A BUSINESS

  • IP due diligence (searches, reports and gap analysis)
  • IP issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Sale and assignment of IP
  • Transfer and novation of IP licenses

 

IP PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT, MONITORING & MAINTENANCE

  • Competitor intelligence & monitoring services
  • IP reviews, status updates and audits
  • Registration database

LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

We offer litigation and dispute resolution services for the following cases:

  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Appeals from IP Australia
  • Compulsory license disputes
  • Confidential information disputes
  • Copyright infringement disputes
  • Customs Notices of Objection and seizures
  • Design infringement and validity (revocation) disputes
  • Domain name disputes
  • Interlocutory injunctions
  • IP ownership and entitlement disputes
  • Licensing and contractual disputes
  • Mediation of IP disputes
  • Misuse of Confidential Information
  • Moral Rights and Performers’ Rights
  • Online IP infringements
  • Passing off and misleading conduct disputes
  • Preliminary discovery applications
  • Product get-up and trade dress disputes
  • Patent infringement and validity (revocation) disputes
  • Trade mark infringement disputes
  • Trade mark non-use proceedings
  • Trade mark oppositions
  • Trade mark rectification (cancellation/amendment) proceedings
  • Unjustified/groundless threats action

Get in touch to protect and strengthen your IP and find out more about our services.

Get in Touch

Michelle Cooper

Senior Associate, Lawyer & Trade Marks Attorney

New South Wales

Leanne Oitmaa

Special Counsel, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney & Lawyer

Western Australia

James Wan

Senior Associate, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney & Lawyer

New South Wales

Alice L Wong

Senior Associate, Lawyer & Patent Attorney

Victoria