Sharon Givoni Consulting is an Australian law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property advice for Australian and overseas clients. We provide personalised and very prompt service at very competitive prices.
Practical strategic advice - make the law work for your business – we care about the solution and whether we can achieve this for you.
You pay for the legal work not office services - unlike most law firms, we do not routinely charge for secretarial services or extra for faxes, photocopies and interstate or international calls.
Years of experience at competitive prices - Sharon Givoni, the Principal Solicitor of the firm, has had extensive experience in the area of intellectual property law. Before starting her own boutique legal practise, she previously worked at top tier law firms.
Our Clients include - IT and software developers, service providers in all industries; training, coaching and networking businesses; online businesses, advertising and marketing agencies, designers, manufacturers and consumer product developers, , food businesses, fashion labels, cosmetics, real estate businesses, designs, product manufacturers, retailers, photographers, film makers, bloggers, writers, musicians and artists.
Areas of expertise include:
Trade mark law including Australian and international trade mark registrations, oppositions, prosecuting marks when there are citations or objections from the Trade Marks Office and prosecuting applications on the basis of honest concurrent use, prior continuous use, statutory declarations to show that that a mark is distinctive in the marketplace and other trade mark related work including trade mark searches ranging from basic identical searches to more complex searches including logo searches, non-use applications, strategy advice, trade marking smells, sounds, shapes, colours, movements, patterns and aspects of packaging;
Copyright law including copyright infringement disputes, advice in relation to the copyright / design overlap; advice in relation to copyright protection; licences and assignments; strategies to assist businesses to avoid inadvertent copyright infringement;
Designs law including design registrations and strategies to protect the appearance of products;
Misleading and deceptive conduct law advising in relation to copy and ensuring compliance with Australian Consumer protection laws including also: green labelling, food labelling issues relating to country of origin and other claims; disclaimers and qualifications and resolving disputes relating to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct made in trade or commerce;
Internet law - The laws that impact on websites including privacy law and terms and conditions;
Privacy policies and what they must contain
The laws that impact on websites including privacy law and terms and conditions;
Business name matters including disputes and matters relating to passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct;
Drafting documents including licences, assignments, co-existence agreements, model releases, talent releases, agreements between advertising or graphic design agencies and their clients; model releases and talent agreements;
Software licences and assignments;
Legal checklists for Intellectual Property tailored to clients (i.e. how to avoid breach of copyright, when do you own copyright etc);
Confidential information including disputes relating to the misuse of commercially sensitive information that that is not in the public domain and disclosure or use by others of information that is proprietary to a business as well as Non-Disclosure Agreements;
Laws in relation to the fashion industry (care labelling, country of origin claims, protecting patterns and garment designs and terms, terms and conditions with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers in the fashion industry);
Legal protection for your domain name in Australia and overseas;
Legal policies and practices in relation to social networking and websites, domain name disputes;
Training businesses to ensure they understand the value of Intellectual Property and develop strategies to protect and generate value from Intellectual Property assets;
Legal training in relation to use of trade marks, copyright; advertising, packaging and labelling compliance, product labelling and ensuring correct labelling
Owning It: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law
By Sharon Givoni
Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Melbourne-based intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains how the law applies to people working in creative industries in ‘plain English’.
Packed with case studies, Owning It aims to demystify the law for creatives and point you in the right direction regarding the protection of your designs, trade marks, copyright, reputation, confidential information and other intellectual property; how not to get on the wrong side of the law by inadvertently infringing someone else’s rights; managing agreements and contracts for small creative businesses and freelancers; licensing; how the law applies online and on social media; and much more.