Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers (POFL) is a law firm practicing exclusively in intellectual property law.

Whether your intellectual property (IP) has been infringed, you are involved in a dispute over the ownership of IP, or you are facing allegations of infringement, we will work with you to achieve a solution that meets your business needs.

The main focus of POFL is IP law. The team has a wealth of experience in representing clients at court in relation to a broad range of technologies and industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, horticulture, mining, medical technology, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, electronics and physics. We can help you with all aspects of enforcement and dispute resolution, from pre-action negotiations, through to mediation and contested litigation. We can also assist with monitoring markets and retailers for infringing goods and customs seizures of counterfeit products.

We understand that there are many ways to resolve an IP dispute, and we will fully explore a range of strategies to determine the most effective approach for your situation. 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.

IP is typically infringed when someone makes commercial use of another person’s 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 the IP owner’s rights.

We can assist you in disputes relating to patents, trademarks, registered designs, domain names, plant breeder’s rights, copyright and confidential information. All the partners of our law firm, and many of our other lawyers, are also registered patent attorneys with qualifications in science or engineering. Whatever your technology, we have the expertise and experience to assist you.

Dispute resolution

Whether you are the IP owner or the alleged infringer, we will work with you to find the most commercially effective solution to your dispute.

Our experience in IP law enables us to provide cost-effective, pragmatic advice concerning the likely outcome of litigation, which often facilitates early settlement. We are able to help you in all aspects of dispute resolution, including:

  • providing infringement advice and opinions
  • preparing and responding to letters alleging IP infringement
  • negotiating and concluding settlements
  • representing clients 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.

Who to contact

BEng(Civil)(Hons) LLB LLM FIPTA

Adrian is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer who combines legal expertise with deep technological knowledge to advise Australian and international businesses in the resolution of commercial IP disputes.

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