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101 Lydiard St N
Ballarat, VIC, 3350

03 5329 6999

Ballarat Lawyers, a local Ballarat law firm committed to regional development.

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Intellectual Property

Our Ballarat Intellectual Property Lawyers specialise in Trade Mark Applications and Registration, IP assessments and audits, design application and all other areas of ensuring your IP is secure.



The protection of your intellectual property (IP) is one of the most important considerations when establishing or operating a business– it is fundamental to every business. Your IP is your brand identity and the very essence of what provides you with a competitive advantage in business. For some businesses, the intellectual property it owns can be their most valuable asset.

We understand the commercial needs of our clients and offer you a fully integrated intellectual property practice providing comprehensive legal advice from protection through to enforcement in a wide range of industries.

We are experienced in copyright protection, patents, trade marks and designs and we work closely with you in addressing the many issues associated with protecting your IP to ensure the growth of your business.

We provide expert advice on:


  • Trade mark application and registrations

  • Selection, modification and registration of your business names

  • IP assessments and audits on the current use of IP

  • Design applications

  • Creation of IP by your employees and contractors

  • Domain name searches and advice on conflicts


  • Contractual arrangements including supply and distribution, software and website development, trading terms, research and development

  • Assigning IP and/or licencing including copyright, patents, trade marks and design

  • Confidentiality agreements to protect confidential information and trade secrets

  • Use of third party IP

  • Franchising arrangements


  • Structuring and restructuring businesses to maximise IP protection

  • Trade mark monitoring

  • IP portfolio management

  • Clearance of advertising and promotional material

  • On-going risks of infringing third party IP


  • Advice on infringements

  • IP litigation, including misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law

  • IP dispute negotiation and settlement

  • Defending and conducting trade mark oppositions

  • Challenging of domain name registrations


Michelle Dowdle
Special Counsel
Harwood Andrews
03 9611 0114  |  0408 674 256