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 Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, Chambers and Partners 2021 and the World Trademark Review 2022.

What others say:

"The team at Duncan Cotterill have a unique ability to weigh legal matters against commercial outcomes and ensure that a sound equilibrium between the two is found when resolving matters. Whilst their legal knowledge is second to none they understand the need to balance outcomes with the needs of the business as well." Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

"Duncan Cotterill provides a great service in terms of intellectual property by taking the time to know us well and ensure we are well covered without incurring huge costs." Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

"Across the board, the ensemble gives “thorough and prompt advice, communicates it in plain English and anticipates clients’ needs”." World Trademark Review 1000 2022

The firm has all the intellectual firepower and litigation experience you need. It very quickly establishes a definite commercial goal for a litigation and takes a pragmatic approach to realising it, which ensures optimal and cost-effective outcomes; it resources matters appropriately, too.”  World Trademark Review 1000 2022