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With decades of experience and a tier one designs team, we have extensive expertise in the application of designs across a range of industries including the motor industry, consumer goods, glassware, furniture and in electrical appliances. Often our clients have very specific design expertise. However, the breadth of technical expertise coupled with our industry excellence, secures you with the in-depth expertise required to secure your design protection.

Our team has extensive knowledge of the many and various requirements for designs in different jurisdictions and is well placed to assist you, not only in Australia, but also in other countries. We understand what designs can be protected and what designs cannot be protected in different countries, making the process of filing designs in Australia and elsewhere seamless.

What is a registered design?

A registered design gives to the owner of the design a monopoly right in respect of the appearance of a product embodying that design. The monopoly is a statutory monopoly and does not require the owner of the design to establish that their design has actually been copied. In Australia, and in many other countries, third parties are able to reverse engineer and copy products which have been commercialised and marketed, unless those products are protected by a registered design (or patent). If the product is not patentable a registered design provides a way for a designer to protect the investment they have made in product design. In many countries designs which have not traditionally been considered as products as such, such as GUIs and electronic typefaces are registrable as designs.

Meet our designs team

With IP experts spanning a broad range of technical backgrounds, the depth of our team gives you the best technical match to deliver your design needs. We work with the most innovative designs both locally and internationally and maintain our industry excellence with grassroots engagement with key bodies such as IP Australia and APAA. Our industry engagement gives our team the best technical insights to your design strategy and protection.

Jeremy Dobbin

Partner

  • Sydney ,
  • Paramatta

Charles Berman

Partner

  • Sydney ,
  • Perth ,
  • Paramatta

Sylvan Browne

Partner

  • Melbourne

Madeleine Kelly

Partner

  • Melbourne

Eddie Walker

Partner

  • Sydney ,
  • Brisbane ,
  • Paramatta

Andrea Ruhrmann

Senior Counsel

  • Sydney ,
  • Paramatta

Stuart Campbell

Senior Associate

  • Sydney ,
  • Paramatta

John Hogan

Senior Associate

  • Sydney ,
  • Paramatta
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