The Barristers in the Intellectual Property and Trade Practices section provide advice and represent clients in hearings at IP Australia, examinations conducted by the ACCC, tribunals and courts at every level where any aspect of the law in this area is involved.
An IP Barrister is also involved in negotiation, various forms of alternative dispute resolution and mediation.
Intellectual property extends to products of the mind and imagination over which proprietary rights are given. While being intangible, they are at the heart of commerce and are often of such monetary value that no successful commercial operation can afford to ignore them.
The area covers the range of statutory regimes which provide for registration of exclusive rights such as patents and trade marks or which regulate the way in which business is carried on to promote competition and ensure consumer rights and fair standards of trading practice.
The area also covers the actions of passing off and breach of confidence which provide protection and remedies in many commercial contexts including for misrepresentation of businesses, goods or services through look alike names or packaging and unauthorised disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information.