Intellectual property represents the product of your mind or intellect. It can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the practical application of a good idea. In business terms, this means your proprietary knowledge - a key component of success in business today. It is often the competitive edge which sets successful companies apart and as markets become increasingly competitive, protecting your intellectual property is essential and is a worthwhile business investment.

Confidential information (sometimes referred to as trade secrets), patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, circuit layout rights and plant breeder’s rights are all legally classified as Intellectual Property rights.

Your Intellectual Property is one of your most valuable assets and it is important to clearly identify it and take steps to protect it.

McKays is experienced in protecting and advising on Intellectual Property.

We regularly assist our clients with:

  • Registering trade marks and advising clients on them;
  • Preparing non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements;
  • Advising on copyright, including copyright infringement;
  • Advising on patents (including the sale and purchase of patents);
  • Advising on IP protection and structuring; and
  • IP disputes.

The key members of McKays’ Intellectual Property team are Naomi Schulte (Senior Solicitor) and Suzanne Brown (Director). Naomi is passionate about intellectual property law and does all trade mark registrations for the firm. Suzanne has completed further study at a Masters level in intellectual property and is Mackay’s only Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Business Law (which includes intellectual property).


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