Intellectual Property & Technology

Protecting your ideas and technology developments


If you’re developing any type of technology, you need the right intellectual property (IP) protections in place to ensure the new innovation becomes a commercial success. IP is a highly complex and dynamic area of law, spanning many areas of commercial activity and legal regimes. You need experienced specialists with their finger on the pulse of every new development and precedent.

Our internationally recognised IPT team collaborates on a range of interesting and complex IP matters. We are proud to work for the Australian Commonwealth, State and Local government agencies, as well as leading organisations from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, furniture, creative arts, FMCGs, engineering, Defence, IT and hospitality industries.

For many of these clients, we manage and prosecute IP portfolios, including large-scale national and international trade mark and designs portfolios.

We help them identify and protect their IP, including offering strategic advice on protecting IP rights through IP registration, IP policy and non-disclosure agreements. We also represent our clients in procedures for protecting valuable confidential information and trade secrets, including Federal Court, ADR and domain take down.

Clients ask us to draft IP assignments and licences for joint ventures, corporate restructuring and sales and to prepare and review IP research and development, collaboration and commercialisation agreements, including patent and technology licensing.

We are frequently involved in enforcing, defending and challenging IP rights through Federal Court litigation, cease and desist letters, and lodging complaints with technology service providers.

Clients value the high level and continuity of service we provide in a competitive and disruptive marketplace.

What others say

“With two former examiners on board who understand exactly what a watertight application looks like, Sparke Helmore is a top choice for IP Australia proceedings.”

World Trademark Review1000, 2018

“Shannon Platt provides well informed counsel in any litigious situation by combining technical dexterity with the ability to articulate complicated issues in a concise manner, a formula which yields commercially significant decisions.”

World Trademark Review1000, 2019

Team leader

Senior team

Richard Chew
Richard Chew
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Myrna Taouil
Myrna Taouil
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