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Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

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Patrick Ibbotson announced as new chairman of Maddocks June 14, 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 One of Australia’s leading planning and environment lawyers has been elected the new chairman of Maddocks. Sydney-based partner Patrick Ibbotson will take over the role on 1 July. Patrick has been … Continued

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Private equity and franchise networks: the next growth phase? June 15, 2017

Australia is a franchise nation. For several years, Australia has held one of the highest levels of franchisors per capita in the world and since the global financial crisis the franchise sector has performed well … 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.

Maddocks’ intellectual property and technology group assembles lawyers in both disciplines. They are also practising commercial lawyers who assist clients across a range of e-business applications: from developing an online presence, to implementing e-commerce initiatives, acquiring hardware and software solutions and, in the case of the private sector, sourcing venture capital and eventual listings and floats.

Our approach is defined by a profound commitment to the projects we undertake and the clients we work with. Open communication, responsiveness, accessibility and teamwork underpin our approach, as well as an overriding focus on achieving beneficial client outcomes.

Maddocks 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:

E-business 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)

Web sites

  • 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

  • technology joint venture
  • development projects

Protection of intellectual property rights

  • copyright
  • trade mark registration
  • design registration

Infringement

  • injunctions

Licensing

  • IP licensing
  • technology/know how licensing
  • technical assistance agreements
  • research & development agreements

Communications Legislative compliance

  • access regime (including Internet access)
  • service provider obligations
  • telecommunications legislation and regulations
  • misuse of market powers
  • 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.

Maddocks’ intellectual property and technology group assembles lawyers in both disciplines. They are also practising commercial lawyers who assist clients across a range of e-business applications: from developing an online presence, to implementing e-commerce initiatives, acquiring hardware and software solutions and, in the case of the private sector, sourcing venture capital and eventual listings and floats.

Our approach is defined by a profound commitment to the projects we undertake and the clients we work with. Open communication, responsiveness, accessibility and teamwork underpin our approach, as well as an overriding focus on achieving beneficial client outcomes.

Maddocks 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:

E-business 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)

Web sites

  • 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

  • technology joint venture
  • development projects

Protection of intellectual property rights

  • copyright
  • trade mark registration
  • design registration

Infringement

  • injunctions

Licensing

  • IP licensing
  • technology/know how licensing
  • technical assistance agreements
  • research & development agreements

Communications Legislative compliance

  • access regime (including Internet access)
  • service provider obligations
  • telecommunications legislation and regulations
  • misuse of market powers
  • 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.