One of the most important considerations 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, the intellectual property it owns can be the most valuable asset on the balance sheet.
Harwood Andrews understands the commercial needs of our clients and offer a fully integrated intellectual property practice providing innovative and comprehensive legal advice from protection through to enforcement in a wide variety of industries.
We are experienced in copyright protection, patents, trade marks and designs and we work with you in addressing the many issues associated with protecting your intellectual property to ensure the growth of your business.
We provide expert advice on:
Trade mark applications and registration
Selection, modification and registration of business names
IP audits and assessments on current use of IP
Creation of IP by your employees and contractors
Domain name searches and conflict advice
Contractual arrangements, including supply and distribution, software and website development, trading terms, research and development
Assigning IP and/or licencing including copyright, patents, trade marks and design
Confidentiality agreements to protect confidential information and trade secrets
Use of third party IP
Structuring and restructuring businesses to maximise IP protection
Trade mark monitoring
IP portfolio management
Clearance of advertising and promotional material
On-going risks of infringing third party IP
Advice on infringements
IP litigation, including misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law
Negotiation and settlement of IP disputes
Defending and conduction trade mark oppositions
Challenging domain name registrations