• Emma’s focus is on getting to know her clients’ business so she can provide relevant, practical, and commercial solutions. She has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters in many fields, including consumer goods, fashion, design, and manufacturing. Emma has helped many clients to successfully build, commercialise and protect valuable IP assets to give them the best competitive advantage possible.

Emma has a particular interest in helping organisations develop overall IP strategies, and implementing best practice IP management, policies and training.

expertise
  • Commercial contracts including in relation to licence, supply, export, manufacturing, collaboration, research and development, branding and sponsorship
  • Trade mark prosecution and oppositions
  • Copyright advice
  • Trade mark, copyright and consumer protection litigation
  • Design infringement and revocation
  • Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement strategies
  • IP audits, strategy and commercialisation assistance
  • Domain name disputes
  • Clearance of marketing and advertising material
  • IP training, policies and assistance with implementation of IP management systems
EXPERIENCE

Advising on complex licensing arrangements with respect to commercialisation of bionic eye technology, involving five licensees and three commercialisation streams

  • Conducting a comprehensive IP audit for commercialisation of haptic-based technology by an Australian university spin-out
  • Advising the owner of an innovative beer storage solution on a worldwide exclusive supply arrangement with a major beer brand
  • Acting on behalf of a major car manufacturer in relation to the sale of counterfeit vehicle parts by its leading dealer, involving trade mark infringement, breach of dealer agreement and defending a cross-claim for unconscionable conduct
  • Advising in relation to IP aspects of a High Court challenge to plain packaging legislation for cigarettes
  • Acting as independent solicitor in the execution of Supreme Court search orders at multiple locations in respect of counterfeit toys
  • Successfully settling Federal Court proceedings in relation to trade mark and copyright infringement with respect to official merchandise arrangements for the Football World Cup
  • Successfully defending an Australian chocolate manufacturer in Federal Court proceedings with respect to use of the colour purple
  • Brand management for high profile Australian athletes, including advising on sponsorship, publishing and film arrangements, and trade marks
  • Negotiating supply and licensing arrangements between the CFA and rights holder of electronic fire safety signs
MEMBERSHIPS

Law Institute of Victoria

IPSANZ Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

 

Beyond the Desk

Emma enjoys all things pop culture and can usually be found working her way through the Netflix back catalogue or winning local pub trivia.  She also loves spending time with her young family, and is a passionate Melbourne Victory supporter.