Our extensive resources and expertise mean we advise across the board on intellectual property matters including:

We provide the full suite of patent services including searching, patent drafting, prosecution, opposition, validity opinions, enforcement and patent litigation – including in relation to:

  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices – including NCEs, drug targeting and delivery systems, methods of treatment, decontamination procedures and surgical instruments and implants;
  • Biotechnology – including biochemistry, microbiology, proteomics, molecular biology, immunology, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs);
  • Chemicals – organic and inorganic chemicals including agrochemicals, adhesives, paints, explosives, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, fuel blends and plastics recycling;
  • Mining and resources – mineral extraction, downstream processing and treatment of refractory ores;
  • Renewable energy – power generation from water currents;
  • Food technology;
  • IT and business methods;
  • Electronics and communications; and
  • Engineering and electrical.

Our major clients include Pfizer, Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genetic Signatures, Les Laboratoires Servier, Mundipharma and Atlantis Resources.

Trade marks and designs
We act for a wide range of clients, particularly in the manufacturing, distribution, transport, entertainment, media and sports industries, providing the following services:

  • trade mark searching, prosecution, opposition, registration, enforcement and litigation;
  • management of global trade mark portfolios; and
  • advising on infringement and competitor actions.

Our clients include Ford Motor Company, Sony Corporation, Schweppes, Just Group, News Corp Australia, eBay International, Samsung Electronics and PepsiCo.

We have extensive experience advising on copyright ownership and infringement, developing licensing strategies and royalty arrangements, conducting copyright audits and acting in complex litigation. Our experience includes advising the Motion Picture Association and Music Industry Piracy Investigations on copyright authorisation issues. We also provide Sony Music Entertainment with copyright advice relating to the unauthorised use of sound and video recordings, and copyright issues relating to CD packaging.

Commercialisation and licensing
We advise companies on intellectual property protection and work with them to develop strategies to commercialise and enhance their intellectual property portfolios. Our clients include Sony Music Entertainment, Rio Tinto, Pfizer, Ultraceuticals R&D, Dyno Nobel Limited and Genetic Signatures.

Allens is renowned for its capacity to handle large and complex disputes. With a strong, experienced team of commercial litigators, patent litigators, and other professionals, we have a particularly impressive track record in major intellectual property litigation.

Advertising and marketing
We advise on advertising, sponsorship and marketing issues across various industries including the subscription television, food and beverage, music, electronics and film industries. Our clients include Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, International Olympic Committee, Victorian Racing Club, Sony Music Entertainment, Samsung, FOXTEL, V8 Supercars Australia, Beam Suntory, PepsiCo and The Smith's Snackfood Company.

Anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy
We have extensive experience in developing anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy strategies for a range of clients across many industries. Our clients include Sony Corporation, Cricket Australia, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Nike, Longchamp and LVMH.

Domain names
We advise on all aspects of domain name registration, management and enforcement. Clients we have acted for in domain name matters and disputes include Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, Singapore Airlines and Just Group.

Sports law
In addition to having been the 'Official Law Firm' for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Rugby World Cup 2003, our clients in the sports sector include the International Olympic Committee, the Australian Olympic Committee, Rugby World Cup 2011 and 2015, Golf Australia, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian Rugby Union, the Victoria Racing Club, the Association of Surfing Professionals and V8 Supercars Australia.

We advise on franchising related issues including the registration, use and protection of trade marks, marketing clearance and intellectual property disputes. Our clients include Ford, Dunkin' Brands (Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts), PFG Australia, IKEA, Peugeot Automobiles Australia, and Ricoh.

Portfolio management
We provide a comprehensive suite of intellectual property portfolio management services, including providing registration and protection advice for a wide variety of clients. Our clients include Ford, Pfizer, Atlantis Resources, Sony Corporation, PepsiCo, News Corp Australia, and The Smith's Snackfood Company.

Corporate transactions
We provide intellectual property advice on corporate transactions, including on mergers and acquisitions. We advised Pfizer Inc on the complex IP issues involved in its US$68 billion merger with Wyeth Inc, and advised Rio Tinto on IP issues associated with the negotiation and proposed agreement of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton's production joint venture.