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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appointed to Commonwealth Government legal services panel August 19, 2019

Monday 19 August 2019 The strong growth of Maddocks in Canberra has been given a further boost by the firm’s appointment to the new Commonwealth Legal Services Panel. The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department announced the successful … Continued

Latest Article

Can you avoid an arbitration agreement for ‘convenience? August 22, 2019

Disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects typically involve multiple contractual relationships, often triggering separate disputes between principal and head contractor, principal and superintendent and head contractor and subcontractor (amongst others). While the most efficient … Continued

Intellectual Property

“Excellent knowledge. Easy to work with. Imparts learning.”

Client Response, Legal Profiles

Change is the defining characteristic of intellectual property and technology – changing technology, changing laws and changing business. This creates complex legal and technological ramifications that companies and government agencies must understand to ensure commercial success.

As the ground shifts and new risks and opportunities emerge, clients need lawyers with exceptional intellectual property and technology knowledge in order to develop solutions that maximise every new opportunity.

Our approach is underpinned by our grasp of the underlying science and technology combined with open communication, responsiveness, accessibility and teamwork underpin our approach, as well as an overriding focus on achieving beneficial client outcomes.

Maddocks advises on all aspects of IP, including:

  • patent advice, commercialisation and dispute resolution services;
  • copyright and designs advice, transactions and disputes;
  • trade mark registration, portfolio management and dispute resolution; and
  • marketing and advertising advice, franchising and distribution arrangements.

We act for clients in IP disputes regarding patent infringement and invalidity, passing off and breaches of the Australian Consumer Law, as well as infringement of trade marks, copyright and design rights.  Our patent litigation team has acted in significant disputes in the Federal Court, Full Court and High Court of Australia across a range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications technologies.  We have recently acted in pharmaceutical cases relating to blockbuster drug patents, including extended release formulations, second medical use patents and dosage regimens.

Maddocks also specialises in Internet domain names and their related infrastructure. The firm’s ability was recognised when it was appointed to be the sole legal adviser to auDA, the nation’s regulating body for Australia’s domain name industry (all domain names with an .au suffix).

The firm is described as ‘highly competent, efficient, and abreast of current issues’ and ‘able to communicate complex subject matter in simple terms’.

We regularly advise private and government clients on:

eBusiness online transactions

  • electronic offers and acceptances
  • enforceability of electronic transactions
  • electronic signatures, cryptography and other security issues
  • collection of taxes including GST
  • Australian Business Number
  • digital signature certificates
  • terms and conditions for online trading
  • legislative compliance (for example, under the Electronic Transactions Acts)

Websites

  • intellectual property rights issues relevant to the digital age (for example, relating to hyperlinking, framing, meta-tagging)
  • legal disclaimers
  • internal policies and protocols
  • web site development agreement
  • domain names acquisition and disputes
  • trade marks
  • ‘cyber-squatting’ and other trade practices issues

Privacy

  • data protection
  • collation of public information by public bodies
  • legislative compliance
  • credit records and information

Online content

  • authorisation of infringing materials
  • content hosting arrangements
  • obligations under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
  • defamation

Use of enabling legislation

  • use of electronic documents and media
  • electronic production and retention of documents, ‘in writing’ and signature requirements under the Electronic Transactions Acts

Technology contracts

  • EOI, RFP, RFT and RTT
  • software and hardware acquisitions
  • financing
  • consultancy agreements
  • outsourcing

Technology transfer and licensing

  • spin-offs and start ups
  • technology joint ventures
  • joint development projects

Protection of intellectual property rights

  • copyright and designs advice
  • trade mark registration and management
  • design registration and management

IP advice and dispute resolution

  • infringement and validity advice
  • freedom to operate advice and product launch strategies
  • oppositions and revocation cases
  • Federal Court litigation and dispute resolution
  • defence of injunctions and claims for compensation on undertakings as to damages

Licensing and commercialisation

  • IP licensing
  • technology/know how licensing
  • material transfer and IP option agreements
  • technical assistance agreements
  • research & development agreements

Communications legislative compliance

  • access regime (including Internet access)
  • service provider obligations
  • telecommunications legislation and regulations
  • misuse of market power
  • broadcasting and content regulations

Contracts

  • interconnection issues
  • service provider arrangements

Recognition

  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 – Recognised as a ‘Noted Firm’ in the Intellectual Property category
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015/2016 – Ranked for Intellectual Property
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 – Recognised as a ‘Noted Firm’ in the Intellectual Property category
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014/2015 – Ranked for Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013/2014 – Ranked for Intellectual Property – “Maddocks provides an ‘exceptional’ level of service.

“Excellent knowledge. Easy to work with. Imparts learning.”

Client Response, Legal Profiles

Change is the defining characteristic of intellectual property and technology – changing technology, changing laws and changing business. This creates complex legal and technological ramifications that companies and government agencies must understand to ensure commercial success.

As the ground shifts and new risks and opportunities emerge, clients need lawyers with exceptional intellectual property and technology knowledge in order to develop solutions that maximise every new opportunity.

Our approach is underpinned by our grasp of the underlying science and technology combined with open communication, responsiveness, accessibility and teamwork underpin our approach, as well as an overriding focus on achieving beneficial client outcomes.

Maddocks advises on all aspects of IP, including:

  • patent advice, commercialisation and dispute resolution services;
  • copyright and designs advice, transactions and disputes;
  • trade mark registration, portfolio management and dispute resolution; and
  • marketing and advertising advice, franchising and distribution arrangements.

We act for clients in IP disputes regarding patent infringement and invalidity, passing off and breaches of the Australian Consumer Law, as well as infringement of trade marks, copyright and design rights.  Our patent litigation team has acted in significant disputes in the Federal Court, Full Court and High Court of Australia across a range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications technologies.  We have recently acted in pharmaceutical cases relating to blockbuster drug patents, including extended release formulations, second medical use patents and dosage regimens.

Maddocks also specialises in Internet domain names and their related infrastructure. The firm’s ability was recognised when it was appointed to be the sole legal adviser to auDA, the nation’s regulating body for Australia’s domain name industry (all domain names with an .au suffix).

The firm is described as ‘highly competent, efficient, and abreast of current issues’ and ‘able to communicate complex subject matter in simple terms’.

We regularly advise private and government clients on:

eBusiness online transactions

  • electronic offers and acceptances
  • enforceability of electronic transactions
  • electronic signatures, cryptography and other security issues
  • collection of taxes including GST
  • Australian Business Number
  • digital signature certificates
  • terms and conditions for online trading
  • legislative compliance (for example, under the Electronic Transactions Acts)

Websites

  • intellectual property rights issues relevant to the digital age (for example, relating to hyperlinking, framing, meta-tagging)
  • legal disclaimers
  • internal policies and protocols
  • web site development agreement
  • domain names acquisition and disputes
  • trade marks
  • ‘cyber-squatting’ and other trade practices issues

Privacy

  • data protection
  • collation of public information by public bodies
  • legislative compliance
  • credit records and information

Online content

  • authorisation of infringing materials
  • content hosting arrangements
  • obligations under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
  • defamation

Use of enabling legislation

  • use of electronic documents and media
  • electronic production and retention of documents, ‘in writing’ and signature requirements under the Electronic Transactions Acts

Technology contracts

  • EOI, RFP, RFT and RTT
  • software and hardware acquisitions
  • financing
  • consultancy agreements
  • outsourcing

Technology transfer and licensing

  • spin-offs and start ups
  • technology joint ventures
  • joint development projects

Protection of intellectual property rights

  • copyright and designs advice
  • trade mark registration and management
  • design registration and management

IP advice and dispute resolution

  • infringement and validity advice
  • freedom to operate advice and product launch strategies
  • oppositions and revocation cases
  • Federal Court litigation and dispute resolution
  • defence of injunctions and claims for compensation on undertakings as to damages

Licensing and commercialisation

  • IP licensing
  • technology/know how licensing
  • material transfer and IP option agreements
  • technical assistance agreements
  • research & development agreements

Communications legislative compliance

  • access regime (including Internet access)
  • service provider obligations
  • telecommunications legislation and regulations
  • misuse of market power
  • broadcasting and content regulations

Contracts

  • interconnection issues
  • service provider arrangements

Recognition

  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 – Recognised as a ‘Noted Firm’ in the Intellectual Property category
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015/2016 – Ranked for Intellectual Property
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 – Recognised as a ‘Noted Firm’ in the Intellectual Property category
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014/2015 – Ranked for Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013/2014 – Ranked for Intellectual Property – “Maddocks provides an ‘exceptional’ level of service.