Every business faces unique legal issues. Griffith Hack doesn’t use a one-size fits all approach. We listen, ask questions, pay attention and then tailor advice that suits your business.

Griffith Hack’s dedicated team of intellectual property lawyers has a wealth of experience across a range of IP issues, from commercialisation and licensing to protection and enforcement.

We work with local, national and global companies to advise them on strategic intellectual property management. With a flexible, commercially driven and solutions-oriented approach, we make sure you get the most out of your IP.

Protect and secure your IP.

We want to protect, strengthen and help you grow your business every step of the way. The breadth and scope of our IP services means that we can give you the competitive edge you need to stay ahead in your industry.

Getting a new product to market often means navigating a regulatory and commercial minefield. As well as sorting the red tape and ensuring freedom to operate, setting up the right commercial agreements and relationships can be the difference between profit and pitfall. 

A powerful IP strategy runs from startup to exit and the right legal advice at the beginning, helps ensure the right outcome at the end.

Our non-contentious team specialises in assisting organisations with the commercialisation and licensing of intellectual property. Our clients range from multinational corporations, research organisations, universities and start-ups to the individual inventor.

We can help you with: 

  • Licences, including patent licenses and trade mark licenses
  • Collaborative research and development agreements
  • Material transfer agreements 
  • Joint venture agreements and CRC agreements 
  • Global exploitation arrangements 
  • IP assignments 
  • Manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements
  • Research and development (R&D) agreements 
  • Branding and marketing advice
  • Confidentiality agreements  
  • Software agreements 
  • Trade promotions
  • Franchising 
  • Service and consultancy agreements 
  • IP due diligence's
  • Website including development and hosting agreements, website terms and conditions 
  • Privacy matters 

Companies whose brands or technology secure their market position must be proactive about enforcing their rights. Otherwise they risk being overrun by competitors who take their R&D and marketing investment for their own use.

Whether it’s launching an offensive campaign or anticipating potential issues in anticipation of a defence, every business needs an IP strategy. And every IP strategy needs enforcement provisions.

Tactics also need to be directed squarely at commercial outcomes.

Working with our patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys, we assist clients in protecting and enforcing their IP rights. This ensures the value of their rights is preserved and continues to drive business strategy. We take a practical, commercial approach to contentious work to ensure our clients' objectives are achieved cost effectively. Where relevant and appropriate, we can explore a range of potential dispute resolution mechanisms other than litigation.

We can help you with: 

  • Litigation disputes - locally and globally
  • Dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration 
  • Patent, copyright, design and trade mark opposition and infringement 
  • Border protection

A bestselling book. A standing ovation. A chart topping song.

They are some of the rewards for the creative drive to produce something new.

While the acclaim is welcome, the works also generate value for the creator through copyright.

Copyright protects the expression of ideas, concepts and information and covers two broad categories:

  • original "works" such as literary works, dramatic works, musical works and artistic works; and 
  • "subject matter other than works" such as films, sound recordings, broadcasts and published editions.

Copyright is a powerful tool that enables creators of new and original works to stop others from copying and using their creative output for themselves.

Putting a unique design on a t-shirt, using part of a song in another song, copying text into another published work without the permission of the original creator or compensating them are just a few examples of actions that can amount to copyright infringement.

And in today’s world where copying can be done with just a few keystrokes on a computer, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant to protect original work.

Our legal experts can help you with: 

  • Advice on copyright subsistence, ownership, acquisition and licensing;
  • Preparing documentation proving ownership of copyright;
  • Copyright clearances and due diligence enquiries;
  • Opinions on enforcement and infringement and;
  • Acting for you in copyright cases in the Federal Court of Australia