intellectual property albury

An important consideration when establishing or operating a business is the protection of your intellectual property (IP). It is fundamental to every business. Your IP is your brand identity and the very essence of what gives you a competitive advantage in business. For some businesses, their intellectual property can be the most valuable asset on the balance sheet.

At Harwood Andrews Albury we understand the commercial needs of our clients and offer a fully integrated intellectual property practice and deliver innovative and comprehensive legal advice from protection through to enforcement in a wide selection of industries.

We have experience in copyright protection, patents, trademarks and designs and we work with you in addressing the many issues closely associated with protecting your intellectual property to ensure the continued growth of your business.

We provide expert advice on:

PROTECTION

  • Application and registration of trademark
  • Business name selection, modification and registration
  • IP audits and assessments on current use of IP
  • Applications for design
  • Creation of IP by your employees and contractors
  • Conflict advice and domain name searches

COMMERCIALISATION

  • Contractual arrangements, including supply and distribution, software and website development, trading terms, research and development
  • Assigning IP and/or licencing including patents, trade mark, copyright and design
  • Protecting confidential information and trade secrets through Confidentiality Agreements
  • Use of third party IP
  • Arrangements of franchising

MAINTENANCE

  • The structure and restructure of businesses to maximise IP protection
  • Monitoring trade mark
  • IP portfolio management
  • Clearance of promotional material and advertising
  • On-going risks of infringing third party IP

ENFORCEMENT

  • Infringement advice
  • IP litigation, including misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law
  • Negotiation and settlement of IP disputes
  • Defending and conduction of trade mark oppositions
  • Challenging domain name registrations