Sharon Givoni Consulting Commercial & Intellectual Property Lawyers Commercial & Intellectual Property Lawyers

Commercial & Intellectual Property Lawyers
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.

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 worked at top tier law firms, including Freehills.

Our Clients include - IT and software developers, advertising and marketing agencies, designers, manufacturers and consumer product developers.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Trade mark law (including applications overseas, 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;
  • Copyright law;
  • Designs law including making applications for a registered design and advice in relation to protecting the design itself;
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct law;
  • The laws that impact on websites including privacy law and terms and conditions;
  • The laws relating to product packaging and labelling including cosmetics packaging and food labelling law;
  • Providing advertising copy review, including advising in relation to comparative advertising, misleading and deceptive advertising and unauthorised use of personal details without consent;
  • Intellectual Property disputes;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Therapeutic Goods Laws (including what claims you can or cannot make);
  • 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;
  • 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, product labelling and ensuring correct labelling
 
Owning It
 
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.

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