Founded over 60 years ago, FB Rice is Australia’s leading independent intellectual property firm. Beginning as a small Sydney practice, we have evolved to become a national firm with offices from the east to west coast of Australia, together with a well-established ASEAN hub which services our clients requiring IP services in South East Asia.
We employ the smartest scientists and engineers to ensure our clients have access to the requisite technology expertise. The breadth of our staff expertise is what sets us apart. Whether it is biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, medical devices, pharmaceuticals or software and communication technology, we make sure we have the right specialisation for our clients’ needs.
We enjoy a significant share of provisional patent filings in Australia and have seen significant growth in national phase filings. We are also one of the biggest filers of Australian patent oppositions for both our domestic and international client base, achieving numerous successful outcomes. Litigation support and due diligence also remains an important part of our service offering where we enjoy working alongside law firms in a range of matters.
Our trade marks team has expertise across numerous industries and includes large portfolios and local businesses – from start-up companies to those wishing to further establish themselves. We also offer a high level of strategic advice to clients requiring protection for their industrial designs.
Our Research and Development (R&D) tax consulting business assists organisations in navigating the Australian government's valuable R&D tax incentive program. This addition to the business demonstrates how we have evolved to address our clients’ needs from the beginning to the end of the IP cycle. Our searching capabilities are also an important part of this complete and full service offering, which we tailor for our clients’ needs.
We work with a broad range of clients; including universities and research institutes, government agencies and research co-operatives. At a corporate level, our client base includes both local and international organisations, maximising their investment in fast moving consumer goods, communications technology and resources. We also have strong relationships with a range of associate legal firms.
Being privately owned, we are focused on providing the best possible intellectual property service, with flexibility in service and pricing arrangements. At every point of protecting our clients' intellectual property we maintain a strategic and holistic approach, reading the commercial environment and making sure we maximise the value of their assets. Our local engagement has been the basis upon which we have built the success of the firm today, and we are committed to keeping this foundation in place whilst also operating across multi-jurisdictional contexts that the global economy demands.
We believe our strong firm culture is an integral part of how we approach our clients’ work. We care about our staff and believe in gender equality as evidenced by our inspiring team of female leaders. We also support marriage equality and diversity, and we strive to create a really terrific work environment for our staff.
Remaining privately owned has meant we are able to maintain our strong client-focussed culture within a competitive market. We support the community through our commitment to providing pro bono services and charitable donations to a range of causes including The Northcott Institute, the Children’s Hospital Westmead, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hope2Day Ltd and The Smith Family.
McCullough Robertson is a leading independent Australian law firm. For more than 92 years, major Australian and foreign owned corporations, financial institutions, governments, private enterprises and high net worth individuals have trusted our advice on their most critical legal challenges. We have a depth of resources, with more than 380 employees and 51 partners across our Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle offices.
We have a notable history, having been established in 1926 as a pastoral practice serving Queensland’s primary producers. Through hard work, good management and strong client relationships we have grown to what we are today. Our client list spans commerce and industry, from mining, banking, insurance, construction, property, agribusiness, pharmaceutical manufacturing, transport, infrastructure, education and telecommunications to energy production.
One of the largest independent law firm trade mark practices in Queensland, McCullough Robertson has a well established reputation for trade mark matters in Australia and internationally. Our team comprises of specialist lawyers, associates and paralegals providing a commercial approach to trade mark prosecution, advice and enforcement and broad commercial intellectual property matters (including business structuring, intellectual property protection and enforcement, contract and commercial issues, privacy and data protection regulatory and trade practices issues, due diligence, transactions, venture capital, private equity and capital).
With over 5,000 trade marks under management world-wide, we have a wealth of experience for both Australian and international filings based on a broader knowledge of intellectual property, commercial law and international business. With professionals from the United Kingdom, France and Ireland, we understand international business cultures and how to translate our services to fit overseas business doing work in Australia.
Our team prides itself on a whole of portfolio approach providing innovative and practical solutions. Our support doesn’t end with trade mark registration, we also provide on-going assistance in relation to portfolio management, enforcement and protection and related commercial agreements.
The practice is continuously recognised for its leading expertise in IP and trade marks, recently winning Copyright firm of the year 2019 by Asia IP. The practice is also ranked by Asia IP, World Trade Mark Review 1000 (WTR 1000), IP Stars and Legal 500.
Belinda Breakspear, head of Intellectual Property, is recognised in Legal 500, Doyle’s Guide, Asia IP and more recently for trade marks Enforcement and Litigation, Transactions, and Prosecution and Strategy by WTR 1000. Belinda was also a finalist in the 2019 Australian LawyersWeekly Women in Law Awards for Partner of the Year.
Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada is unique in its ability to provide seamless IP advice on a truly national and global scale. We have one of the few IP practices with such a designation in Canada covering IP professionals in each of Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The integration of Bull Housser Tupper was completed on January 1, 2017 and has added a particular depth in trademark prosecution and litigation, anti-counterfeiting, and trade secrets.
Litigation practice: The team of IP litigators at Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked among the best in Canada. We provide offensive and defensive litigation counsel in all areas of intellectual property, including patents infringement and impeachment actions under the Patent Act and pursuant prohibition proceedings and section 8 damages actions under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance Regulations), copyrights, trade-marks, trade-mark oppositions, trade secrets, counterfeit enforcement, and industrial designs. The team is particularly well known and regarded for its patent litigation work for pharmaceutical clients. Our roster of innovative pharmaceutical clients for which we act in litigation is second to none in Canada. As pharmaceutical patent disputes represent a significant part of patent litigation in Canada, our team is extremely active in this area. The patent litigation practice also includes mechanical patents, medical devices and oil and gas patents, among other technologies. More recently, several new partners with leading practices in trademark and copyright litigation have increased our capabilities, successes and client base in this area.
Patent practice: Norton Rose Fulbright's Canada patent attorneys and agents have highly specialized degrees and provide comprehensive intellectual property advice and global portfolio strategy. We handle the Canadian and global patent work for a stellar cross section of Canadian and international clients. Our Canadian Patent Centre of Excellence complements notably the patent expertise within Norton Rose Fulbright in the United States.
We are one of the largest patent filers in Canada with a particular emphasis on drafting original patents and global portfolio strategy, as evidenced by the fact that we are consistently one of the top PCT filers in Canada. We are often selected over our competitors because our patent prosecution expertise is unrivalled and works seamlessly with our disputes and regulatory lawyers to provide strategic and holistic approach to patent portfolio management.
Trademark practice: We assist clients with all aspects of the branding process. This includes providing overall branding strategy, the drafting and prosecuting of trade-mark applications, the provision of advice regarding availability and registrability of marks in Canada and globally. Our team provides strategic trade-mark advice including portfolio review, infringement surveillance, and advice on legal issues connected with introducing products and services to the market, such as branding, product information and advertising. We assist clients with all aspects of brands expansion into social media including acquisition of domain names, and enforcement of brands on all social media channels globally. Our litigation team acts for clients in opposition proceedings, infringement proceedings and expungement proceedings and trade libel actions.
Copyright practice: Our copyright team has expertise in all aspects of copyright law including clearance, acquisition and registration, infringement and litigation, due diligence, licenses, assignments and transactional issues. We act for copyright owners working in various industries such as film, television, video, music, art, fashion, literature, software and evolving media including telecommunications and the Internet. Similarly, our trade-marks team works with clients to acquire, commercialize and safeguard their brands, including logos, product or container shapes and packaging. We advise on all aspects of the selection, registration, commercialization and protection of rights related to trade-marks and brands. We are regularly called upon to advise on the copyright aspects of advertising and marketing campaigns. Clients consistently call upon our professionals for wide industry coverage, the shared experience between the team and our large panel of services. Our litigation lawyers are also active in copyright disputes at both the trial and appellate levels in the software, media, communications, and entertainment sectors with clients including film studios, software and gaming developers, telecommunications companies, the television industry and the music business. We have extensive experience representing rights holders before the Copyright Board and assisting in the enforcement of tariffs, as well as in anti-counterfeiting mandates for fashion enterprises and standards organizations, including border seizures and rapid enforcement campaigns.
Commercial IP practice: The IP team handles a wide range of commercial transactions relating to all areas of intellectual property. For example, our commercial IP team has assisted a major financial institution in developing key collaboration agreements, developed and negotiated licensing agreements with other financial institutions, developed blockchain consortium agreements, and very complex IP co-existence and ownership issues.
Madderns is an independently owned and operated Australian patent and trade mark attorney firm which services clients across Australian and around the globe.
From designing and advising on appropriate searches, through to the creation and enforcement of new patent, trade mark, design and domain name rights in Australia and overseas, Madderns provides a comprehensive range of services spanning the entire intellectual property (IP) life cycle. Madderns’ services also include assisting clients with managing their IP portfolios by conducting audits to identify and capture IP assets and providing strategic advice to help identify and manage risks associated with third party IP rights.
Madderns’ patent team has a breadth of capability across all relevant technical areas, including chemistry, ICT, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, life sciences, plant breeding rights and circuit layout rights. Notably, Madderns’ ICT team has been recognised as one of the leading teams in this field in Australia.
Our trade marks team has particular experience in conducting contested trade mark opposition proceedings and non-use cancellation actions before the Australian Trade Mark Office.
Most of our attorneys are also registered to practice in New Zealand. Our New Zealand services include filing and prosecuting patent, trade mark and design applications directly with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ). Madderns also has an in-house Asian-focus group which includes a team of Chinese speaking patent and trade mark attorneys.
Members of Madderns’ team are active members of international professional organisations, such as IPSANZ, INTA and FICPI.