Andrew Sykes

Clerk

  • +61 3 9225 7222

Areas of Practice

Commercial
  • Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Areas of Mediation

Commercial
  • Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting
Andrew Sykes

Andrew Sykes

Telephone: +61 3 9225 6410
Fax: +61 3 9225 8485
Email: sykes@vicbar.com.au
Mobile: 0401 647 693
Chambers:
Room 0614
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Admitted to the Legal Profession: 

19 Feb 2008

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

03 May 2012

Qualifications:

LLB (Hons.), BA (Int. Studies)

Also entitled to practise in:

  • Federal Court of Australia

Previous occupation:

Solicitor and Trade Mark Attorney

Profile

Andrew conducts a specialist practice in intellectual property law with a predominate focus on trade mark law and passing off.  His other areas include domain names, copyright, designs, patents, internet law, confidential information and related areas of misleading and deceptive conduct.  He does not accept briefs outside these areas.

Prior to coming to the bar Andrew worked in the national trade marks group and the domain name disputes group of Griffith Hack. 

At the bar Andrew has represented clients in Federal Court and Trade Marks Office matters in both Melbourne and Sydney, including in numerous recent trade marks disputes. He continues to advise clients on complex issues of trade mark registration, opposition and infringement and assists other trade mark attorneys, IP solicitors and senior counsel in these issues. He has authored a number of articles in professional journals on these issues and is the author of the online publication Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law (www.oppositionlaw.com.au).

He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and has lectured intellectual property law to undergraduate students.

Andrew’s recent matters in 2015 include:

Trade Marks

-        Doctor’s Associates Inc. (trading as “Subway”) v. Mastrogiacomo – representing a US take-away food corporation as lead counsel in opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. (Ongoing)

-        Under Armour Inc. v. Adaimy – representing an Australian mouthguard manufacturer as lead counsel in responding to an appeal from a decision of the Australian Trade Marks Office concering opposition proceedigns before the Federal Court. (Ongoing)

-        Geddes v. The Institute for Inner Studies Inc and Ors – representing a Filipino corporation as lead counsel in defending against trade mark cancellation proceedings before the Federal Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        Peet Ltd v. PDG Corporation Pty Ltd – representing an Australian property development company as lead counsel in defending against opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. (Ongoing)

-        Gavlex Pty Ltd and Anor v. Pipe Doctor Plumbing Services Pty Ltd and Ors – representing an Australian plumbing business as lead counsel in a trade mark cancellation and unjustified threats matter before the Federal Court Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        Medicon eG Chirurgiemechaniker – Genossenschaft v. A.R. Medicom (Australia) Pty Ltd – representing a German surgical goods company as lead counsel in opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. 

-        THF Innovation Pty Ltd and Hellweg International Pty Ltd v.  G8 Pty Ltd – representing an Australian law enforcement and defence goods company as lead counsel in Federal Court trade mark infringement proceedings and two separate Australian Trade Marks Office proceedings.

-        Abaco Machines (Australasia) Pty Ltd v. Aardwolf Australia Pty Ltd – representing an Australian construction equipment company as lead counsel in defending against opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office.

-        Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v. Australia Greenworld Natures Care Pty Ltd – representing an Australian herbal goods company as lead counsel in defending against trade mark infringement proceedings before the Federal Court.

Copyright, Designs and Confidential Information

-        T&B Chugg Pty Ltd v. Sellick and Ors – representing an Australian construction corporation as lead counsel in copyright infringement proceedings concerning building plans before the Federal Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        Bannershop Holdings Ltd v. Aone Trading Pty Ltd and Chen – representing a Cantonese goods and graphic works corporation as lead counsel in copyright infringement proceedings before the Federal Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        The Décor Corporation Pty Ltd v. Green Space International Pty Ltd and Orsrepresenting a group of Australian retailers as lead counsel in defending against designs and copyright infringement proceedings before the Federal Court.

A list of further prior matters may be provided on request.

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From 03 May 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

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