Andrew practices intellectual property law and commercial law. His main areas of practice are trade marks and the associated areas of brand protection such as domain names, passing off and misleading conduct. He also practices in the related fields of copyright, designs, internet law and confidential information.
Prior to coming to the bar Andrew worked in the national trade marks group and the domain name disputes group of Griffith Hack, a leading intellectual property law firm. He managed the international trade marks and domain names portfolios for a number of clients, and appeared in opposition proceedings and advised in-house counsels on complex and contentious areas in these fields. He also engaged in domain name arbitration proceedings in various jurisdictions for a number of large corporations, including a number of matters for one global resources company.
Andrew continues to operate a specialist practice at the bar and has represented clients in Federal Court and Trade Marks Office matters in both Melbourne and Sydney. 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 and web designer of the online publication Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law (www.oppositionlaw.com.au).
Andrew is an active committee member on the Law Institute of Victoria’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee. He recently represented the Institute in its consultation with the Victorian Government on the latter’s new policy in relation to the management of intellectual property.
He is also an active member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (Victorian Committee Member) and the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and lectures intellectual property law at Deakin University.
At the time of writing, his current matters included:
- Spa Industries Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Spa Industries Unit Trust & Anor v T&G Enterprises (Vic) Pty Ltd - Federal Court, Melbourne - Trade mark infringement and copyright infringement
- Nachi (Australia) Pty Ltd and Anor v. Bearing Thermal Resources Pty Ltd – Federal Court, Sydney – Trade mark infringement and s.123 parallel importing defence
- Prestige Lifting Services Pty Ltd v. Williams and Ors – Federal Court, Melbourne – Confidential Information
- A confidential information dispute involving issues of online data, trade marks and domain names
A list of prior matters may be provided on request.
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