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Intellectual Property in Australia

In a global economic downturn, the market for, and supply of, counterfeit products naturally increases. It is during these times that companies must be ever vigilant in protecting their intellectual property rights.

Baker & McKenzie's Intellectual Property Group advises on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of IP rights. Our Australian practice is at the forefront of advice on IP rights and is recognised as a leader in the field, with one of the largest trade mark registration practices of any law firm in the country.

Our Group advises on copyright, trade secrets, marketing issues, trading names, design registration, consumer protection, patent law and dispute resolution for a wide range of local and international clients. Regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional transactions, we are highly experienced in adapting transactions and documents from other markets for use in Australia.

We provide advice on related litigation issues such as the enforcement of trade mark rights, anti-counterfeiting, breach of confidence, copyright infringement, piracy, and breaches of trade practices legislation. Issues relating to consumer protection, product liability and marketing are key aspects of our practice and we have conducted some of Australia's major cases in these areas.

We also have extensive experience in dealing with regulatory bodies such as the Trade Practices Commission. This unique experience is the result of many years of working with relevant government authorities both on client projects and law reform.

The Federal Court of Australia has ruled in favour of MPEG LA in a breach of contract case against Regency Media, finding that Regency wrongfully purported to terminate a patent licence for multiple patents by seeking to rely on section 145 of the Patents Act 1990 (Act).
The Australian Government is proposing significant amendments to the Copyright Act 1968, intended to target online piracy.
As part of the launch of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), trademark owners have the opportunity to register their trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to protect their marks and to prepare for the use of their marks in the new gTLDs. On this newsletter, we help trademark owners to take necessary steps in this new and challenging market to avoid legal disputes in the future.
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