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Advising on major deals in the technology sector March 21, 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn) is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia. The nbn will connect Australian homes and businesses to a faster broadband landline and internet network by 2020. Maddocks … Continued

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Maddocks advises Swinburne University of Technology on $118 million online education deal March 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Maddocks has advised Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) on a deal that will see SEEK (ASX:SEK) purchase a greater stake in Online Education Services, a joint venture between the university and … Continued

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For want of a comma, the case was lost…or when style becomes substance March 27, 2017

The United States case of O’Connor v Oakhurst Dairy handed down on 13 March 2017, dubbed the ‘$10 million comma case’, highlights the importance of punctuation and the legal consequences that can flow on from … Continued

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

“Very good-quality work, paying close attention to the instructions. Service levels are extremely good, and we always feel like they value our custom.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Lateral, adaptable, responsive thinking

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.

Ranked ‘Highly Recommended’ in Legal Profiles, the national client guide to Australian law firms, 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.

Maddocks was also announced the winner of the Professional Services Award at the prestigious 2010 ACOMM Awards. Maddocks was the only law firm to win an award at the 2010 industry event. The award recognises Maddocks’ efforts in assisting clients responding to the changing communications landscape, including advising clients in relation to the National Broadband Network.

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.

Recognised as industry specialists

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 and 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
  • Website development agreement
  • domain names acquisition and disputes
  • trademarks
  • ‘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
  • trademark registration
  • design registration.
Infringement

  • injunctions
 Contracts

  • interconnections issues
  • service provider arrangements.
 Communications legislative compliance

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

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

 

Thought leadership

Technology Procurement Handbook – is intended for any customer proposing to engage a vendor to provide technology related products and/or services. Click here for more information or to obtain a copy.

Click here to check out our Technology Sector blog, TechKnowChat – your go-to-guide and discussion forum for knowledge within the technology sector.

Recognition
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2014- 2017 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications. “A well-rounded and integrated TMT team advising on telecommunications regulations, technology contracting and media law matters. Sought after by users and suppliers of IT solutions for commercial and licensing agreements and on technology transactions relating to the M&A activity of corporate clients.”
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015/2016 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Media Law International 2016, 2015 and 2014 – Maddocks is “one to watch” say peers.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014/2015- Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications

“Very good-quality work, paying close attention to the instructions. Service levels are extremely good, and we always feel like they value our custom.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Lateral, adaptable, responsive thinking

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.

Ranked ‘Highly Recommended’ in Legal Profiles, the national client guide to Australian law firms, 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.

Maddocks was also announced the winner of the Professional Services Award at the prestigious 2010 ACOMM Awards. Maddocks was the only law firm to win an award at the 2010 industry event. The award recognises Maddocks’ efforts in assisting clients responding to the changing communications landscape, including advising clients in relation to the National Broadband Network.

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.

Recognised as industry specialists

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 and 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
  • Website development agreement
  • domain names acquisition and disputes
  • trademarks
  • ‘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
  • trademark registration
  • design registration.
Infringement

  • injunctions
 Contracts

  • interconnections issues
  • service provider arrangements.
 Communications legislative compliance

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

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

 

Thought leadership

Technology Procurement Handbook – is intended for any customer proposing to engage a vendor to provide technology related products and/or services. Click here for more information or to obtain a copy.

Click here to check out our Technology Sector blog, TechKnowChat – your go-to-guide and discussion forum for knowledge within the technology sector.

Recognition
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2014- 2017 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications. “A well-rounded and integrated TMT team advising on telecommunications regulations, technology contracting and media law matters. Sought after by users and suppliers of IT solutions for commercial and licensing agreements and on technology transactions relating to the M&A activity of corporate clients.”
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015/2016 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Media Law International 2016, 2015 and 2014 – Maddocks is “one to watch” say peers.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014/2015- Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 – Ranked for Technology, Media and Telecommunications