Protect your IP with a savvy commercial law firmImitation may be the highest form of flattery, but not if it involves a business idea you’ve put long hours into nurturing, researching and commercialising. The experienced IP lawyers in our Brisbane team can help develop your concept from creation, to protection, acquisition, commercialisation and – importantly – enforcement of IP. With many years of experience across industries and sectors, we provide high quality advice in this specialised area of law. We ensure no one unfairly or illegally reaps the benefits of your hard-won trademarks, copyrights and unique business concepts.
You need lawyers and business advisors, not just lab coatsGetting a winning idea to market can be a race against the clock. While you work on your product or concept development, you need a trusted team to action the legal and commercial dimensions of the next-big-thing. At Rouse Lawyers, we embrace challenge and change. Our legal team is here to enable your best ideas, not block them with red tape. We can point out any potential pitfalls, but we’ll also seek out solutions. Rouse Lawyers is a group of street-wise, pragmatic, business-savvy commercial lawyers. We are experts in IP, but also pride ourselves on presenting holistic legal and commercial pathways. Once we have your concept under wraps, legally-speaking, talk to us about corporate structure, technology law, licensing, tax or harnessing R∓D opportunities.
Fee certainty means the only surprise is outstanding resultsIP law is notoriously expensive to manage. No two concepts are the same, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ scenario, and unexpected legal fees can be a real barrier to progress. That’s why we offer a ‘no surprises’ fee policy, giving business owners and decision makers certainty about this aspect of their development budget. We offer a number of engagement models to suit different business structures, but they all have one thing in common: whether we are charging a fixed fee or a case-based accurate estimate, you can be sure that you will always have cost certainty. Launching a bigger project? Speak with us about our secondment-style placements or block hours. We are nothing if not nimble, and can adjust to find a solution for all parties.
What can our expert intellectual property lawyers do for you?The knowledgeable team of commercial law specialists in our Brisbane practice have you covered across all aspects of trademarking, copyright and intellectual property law. Our client network extends from the local to the global, allowing us to meet your IP law needs wherever you do business. Our expertise includes:
- Trade marks (including trade mark registration services and portfolio management)
- Copyright and moral rights
- Domain names (including domain name disputes)
- Confidential information and trade secrets
- IP commercialisation and licensing
- Patent commercialisation
- Information technology
- IP infringement and enforcement
- Misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off
- IP disputes and litigation
- Management and structuring
- Advertising and marketing campaigns
- Trade promotions.
Rouse Lawyers – no ordinary legal teamYour idea isn’t ordinary and neither should your legal team. Come speak to an intellectual property lawyer, conveniently located in central Brisbane, who wants to support your ideas from concept to reality. We build lasting relationships so that we can be with you every step of the way.
Practice Area Expert:
Sonja van der Steen
Sonja is a lawyer in the corporate and commercial team with experience in providing advice on business transactions, legal issues and compliance. She has gained corporate and commercial experience in a large national firm and through in-house counsel roles. Merging commercial legal firm and in-house experience Sonja seeks to identify practical solutions to help realise her client’s commercial objectives. Sonja’s previous career as an international flight attendant gives her a client focused approach.
Passing off/misleading and deceptive conduct (‘Get-up’)We acted for a client in defending allegations of passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to a new product. The client was in the process of launching a new product and a competitor commenced Court proceedings seeking an urgent injunction to prevent distribution of the product. The matter ultimately resolved in voluntary mediation.
Trade mark protectionAdvising in relation to clearance of new brands and trade mark registration for a range of clients. This is both in Australia and internationally, briefing overseas agents to assist with foreign jurisdictions where necessary.
Restructuring ownership of Intellectual propertyWe advised a client on restructuring the ownership of its intellectual property for the purpose of asset protection and future licensing to third parties. This included the use of new entities, assignments and licences.
Enforcement of trade mark rightsAn online retail client had recently launched its business. The client sought advice in relation to the use of its brand by a competitor. We prepared and sent a letter of demand to enforce the client’s registered trade mark rights addressing trade mark infringement, misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off. The competitor agreed to cease using the client’s brand and to never again engage in such conduct.
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