Intellectual Property

We work with a wide range of creative clients whose ideas, brands and products are successful in local, national and international markets. We deliver strategic advice which helps them profit through identifying intellectual property (IP) opportunities and protecting their IP rights.

Brand clearance, protection and enforcement matters are at the heart of our practice. We filed our first trade mark application over half a century ago. Today our award winning IP team acts for local and international clients in brand related matters across Australasia.

Our brand practice is part of our wider ‘soft IP’ and marketing law services. We help our clients with non-contentious and contentious issues around IP ownership, commercialisation and marketing.

Clients of the team include successful local companies such as Trade Me, Smiths City and Sealord Group, as well as international corporations and associates from around the globe.

Our team members are active in the Australasian and international IP industry, as members of IPSANZ and INTA; and are recognised by Chambers and Partners 2021, Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and the World Trademark Review 2021.

What others say:

"The team is incredibly well organised and efficient. To the point advice, they provide simple solutions when needed and can be creative when there is need for it, but without a song and a dance. Fees are reliable and predictable. The quality of work is excellent and the team is easy and enjoyable to work with." Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

"The lawyers at Duncan Cotterill have deep knowledge of the law and are all incredibly easy to work with, intuitively understanding what a client requires. The advisors are pragmatic and their understanding of IP fits into a larger commercial context." World Trademark Review 1000 2021

“Extremely knowledgeable and efficient, and rapid in its response to any query”, Duncan Cotterill is enthusiastically recommended and consequently makes its WTR 1000 debut for 2018. The compact team is applauded for its neatly packaged, practical advice on prosecution and disputes; it uses acutely commercial language – not legalese – to provide perceptive, crystal-clear counsel." World Trademark Review 1000