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

  • Design applications

  • 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

  • Franchising arrangements


  • 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