Intellectual Property & Technology

Protecting your ideas and technology developments


Intellectual property (IP) is hot property. And if possession really is nine-tenths of the law, you’ll want a fiercely capable and highly knowledgeable legal team helping you protect it.

New developments, ideas and prototypes need the right IP protections to stand a chance at becoming a commercial success. IP is a highly complex and dynamic area of law, spanning many areas of commercial activity and legal regimes. At the very least, you need experienced and innovative specialists with a finger on the pulse of every new development.

We’re not just lawyers. The background and skill of the individuals in our team is as diverse as the cases we work on—we’ve also been locally and internationally recognised for our success in some of our more interesting and complex matters.

We’re 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, FMCG, engineering, Defence, IT and hospitality industries.

We manage and prosecute IP portfolios, including large-scale national and international trade mark and designs portfolios. And we’re tenacious when we need to be—enforcing, defending and challenging IP rights through Federal Court litigation, cease and desist letters, lodging complaints with technology service providers, ADR and domain take downs.

We understand the processes and offer strategic advice on protecting IP rights through IP registration, IP policy and non-disclosure agreements. We represent clients in procedures for protecting valuable confidential information and trade secrets, including in the Federal Court.

Joint ventures, corporate restructuring and sales require IP assignments and licences drafted, so we’ve got that covered, too. We prepare and review IP research and development, collaboration and commercialisation agreements, including patent and technology licensing—leaving no stone unturned.

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
t: +61 2 9260 2537+61 2 9260 2537
m: +61 448 403 120+61 448 403 120
o: Sydney
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Myrna Taouil
Myrna Taouil
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2826+61 2 9260 2826
o: Sydney
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