Our Capabilities

Trademark, intellectual property & copyright lawyers
Rouse Lawyers’ intellectual property (IP) team works with our clients to understand their business. This enables us to give commercially focused strategy and advice in relation to some of our clients’ most important and valuable assets – their intellectual property.

We are able to assist clients in identifying, managing, commercialising and protecting their IP rights. We act and advise in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters, providing front end strategic advice as well as back end litigation support in relation to all areas of intellectual property.

Our IP services include:

Our team provides advice at time of creation, protection, acquisition, commercialisation and enforcement of IP.  We pride ourselves in providing high quality advice in a very specialised area of law that is also cost effective.

We have understanding and expertise across a broad range of industries that include amongst others technology, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), financial services and food & beverages.

For more information, take a look at the following pages:

Recent Work

  • 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 protection

    Advising 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 property

    We 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 rights

    An 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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    Chris Cunliffe


    Michelle, at Rouse Lawyers, was very professional in helping us, ForkForce Australia, protect one of our domain names against a competitor’s legal dispute. Michelle obviously had a wealth of experience and she quickly helped diffuse a potentially larger legal situation to achieve a favourable outcome. Thanks again Michelle.

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    Laury Bray

    DanDaLion Friends

    When seeking a Trademark registration for DanDaLion Friends it was important to get the detail exactly right. Rouse Lawyers were across all the issues and I felt very secure with their advice in what can be a potentially difficult area. Thanks to the team for delivering peace of mind so brilliantly.

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    Bruce Landford

    Camfil Farr - International Clean Air Solutions

    Camfil Farr is a multinational organisation and we use lawyers across the world. Rouse Lawyers, was chosen as alternative to the top tier, and have acted for us in a number of matters concerning our Australian operations. We have found their strategic advice and alternate approaches to the law to be highly valuable and unique. We highly recommend Rouse Lawyers