Intellectual Property and Brand Protection

At Coleman Greig we are committed to protecting your greatest intangible assets - working with you to proactively identify, document and register your IP rights. Our experienced and highly skilled lawyers provide you with both legal and commercial strategies and solutions to minimise the risk of damage or misuse of your intellectual property.    

Coleman Greig's intellectual property team consists of commercial lawyers and a registered Trade Marks Attorney. We can identify potential trademark issues and the best ways to protect your brand from the outset, including social media risk management. We can provide advice and representation regarding ownership and protection of inventions and designs, and, once your branding is confirmed, we can register your intellectual property rights including trademarks and business names.

If you are interested in buying or selling a business, we can undertake intellectual property audits, and draft confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements as part of the due diligence process.

Our specialist intellectual property lawyers can also work with you to ensure that your intellectual property is not open to attack. We regularly work alongside employers, contractors and franchisors to identify risk, develop risk management plans and ensure safeguards are in place. In addition, our team can assist you and your team with compliance.

As a member of First Law International, we can ensure that your assets are protected both in Australia and overseas, with access to a global network of over 75 independent full-service, high quality law firms.

Contact our experienced team of IP lawyers today or to make an appointment at one of our offices.

Parramatta Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9200
Level 11, 100 George Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150


Norwest Baulkham Hills Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9343
Suite 601, Level 6, 2 - 8 Brookhollow Avenue
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153    

Intellectual Property and Brand Protection - Our Team

Intellectual Property and Brand Protection - Our Clients

Coleman Greig’s team of experienced commercial lawyers provides quality advice and representation to a diverse range of clients in the field of intellectual property. These clients include family businesses through to subsidiaries of multi-national organisations, public and privately-owned companies.
Our experience and expertise crosses numerous industry sectors and we currently assist clients from fields such as manufacturing, franchising, technology, training, and not-for-profit. Over the years our team has developed an in-depth understanding of the IP issues facing all businesses in general, as well as the particular issues that arise in different industries.


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