Technology & Intellectual Property

We support a broad range of clients who provide and use technology and intellectual property (IP) to achieve their business objectives. We have deep experience in advising on and negotiating transactions and disputes for organisations in industries as disparate as financial services, social services, government, energy, healthcare, telecommunications, education, logistics, aviation, mining, automotive, entertainment and FMCG.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that their objectives are met in the most efficient manner – whether that means taking a lead role on the project, working as an extension of a client’s in-house legal or commercial team, or providing advice and support to in-house teams on a “second chair” basis.

Several members of our team have worked in house, either in secondments or in senior positions, giving them an invaluable understanding of the need to manage commercial imperatives with risk. Our experience has given us a thorough understanding of several industry’s operating environments, including their regulatory obligations allowing us to efficiently accommodate these requirements while achieving clients’ objectives.

Our Technology and IP team specialises in supporting clients in respect of all aspects of their technology and IP transactions including the following:

  • Outsourcing – Complex technology and business process outsourcing agreements, whether delivered traditionally or via the cloud (private or public) in a range of industries including government, financial services and energy.
  • System Integration – Complex system integration projects often involving the introduction of enterprise resource planning systems incorporating software and systems from large vendors like SAP and Oracle.
  • Licensing – Technology licensing in a variety of industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering and software licensing and support agreements, whether via a direct licensing or “as a service” model or in the cloud.
  • Project Remediation – Restructuring of existing technology projects, whether as a consequence of expiry of term or change in commercial direction. Often this involves advising on the remediation of projects which are in dispute.
  • R&D and Technology Exploitation – Advising technology start-ups on establishment and the protection and exploitation of intangible assets. Complex research and development joint ventures, software development, contract research, research collaborations and consultancies.
  • Data & Cybersecurity – Data analytics agreements and advice including negotiating and advising on data ownership, transfer, storage, and analysis and advising on security standards and contractual measures to address data security and breaches.
  • Privacy – Broad privacy advice including drafting privacy policies and procedures, advising on regulatory developments in State and Federal jurisdictions and advising on the transfer, retention or unauthorised release of personal information.
  • Intellectual Property – Advising on trade marks, copyright and other forms of intellectual property including registration, prosecution, enforcement monetisation and exploitation strategies.
  • Marketing and Advertising – Providing clearance of marketing communications (across print, broadcast, outdoor and digital media, including user generated social media).
  • Competition and Consumer Law –  Designing and implementing competition and consumer law compliance programs, conducting compliance training and responding to ACCC investigations and enforcement actions.

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