IP infringement is when someone makes commercial use of another person’s IP rights without their permission. Infringement can cause loss to IP owners in many ways, including by diverting sales, damaging a brand’s reputation, and preventing successful commercialisation of the IP. It is important to take action promptly when infringement is discovered, both to limit loss and to preserve your rights.

Whether you are an IP owner or are facing claims to do with your use of another persons IP, we will work with you to find the most commercially effective solution to your dispute. We can help you with disputes in all aspects of IP, including patents, trade marks, registered designs, domain names, plant breeder’s rights, copyright, software, and confidential information. We can also assist you with:

  • providing infringement advice and opinions
  • preparing and responding to letters alleging IP infringement
  • negotiating and concluding settlements, and
  • representation in the mediation of IP disputes.

We understand that being involved in legal disputes can be stressful and disruptive, and it is our goal to make the process of dispute resolution as smooth and cost-effective as possible.

There are many ways to resolve an IP dispute, and we will fully explore a range of strategies with you to determine the most effective approach for your situation. We can help you with all aspects of enforcement and dispute resolution, from pre-action negotiations, through to mediation and contested litigation. Our goal is to understand the particulars of your IP, as well as your overall commercial objectives, so we can offer you the most practical, cost-effective and tailored advice.

Disputes over IP rights can sometimes be resolved through negotiation and mediation. Our lawyers have extensive experience in helping clients achieve settlement, either prior to issuing proceedings or before the trial stage, saving time, money and business disruption.

If it is not possible to settle the matter prior to litigation, our experienced IP lawyers are equipped to handle litigation across a broad range of technologies. You can feel confident that we will have an in-depth understanding of the IP in question, the facts of the dispute, and the applicable legal principles.

BSc LLB FIPTA

Chris is the firm’s Commercial/Litigation practice group leader. He has extensive experience in conducting litigation for local and international clients, and has conducted cases concerning the validity and enforcement of patents, trade marks and designs, as well as the obtainment of rights in appeals from the Australian Intellectual Property Office.

To find out more, please contact

Chris at chris.schlicht@pof.com.au