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Andrew Sykes

Contact

  • Telephone: 9225 7222
  • Mobile: 0401 647 693
  • Fax: 9225 8485
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  • Chambers: Level 6, Room 14, Owen Dixon Chambers West
  • Admitted to Practice: 19 February 2008
  • Signed Victorian Bar Roll: 03 May 2012
From 3 May 2012, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Barrister Profile

Andrew conducts a specialist practice in intellectual property law with a predominate focus on trade mark law and passing off.  His other areas include domain names, copyright, designs, patents, internet law and confidential information.  He does not accept briefs in outside these areas.

Prior to coming to the bar Andrew worked in the national trade marks group and the domain name disputes group of Griffith Hack, a leading intellectual property law firm. He managed the international trade marks and domain names portfolios for a number of clients, and appeared in opposition proceedings and advised in-house counsels on complex and contentious areas in these fields. He also engaged in domain name arbitration proceedings in various jurisdictions for a number of large corporations, including a number of matters for one global resources company.

At the bar Andrew has represented clients in Federal Court and Trade Marks Office matters in both Melbourne and Sydney, including in numerous recent trade marks disputes. He continues to advise clients on complex issues of trade mark registration, opposition and infringement and assists other trade mark attorneys, IP solicitors and senior counsel in these issues. He has authored a number of articles in professional journals on these issues and is the author and web designer of the online publication Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law (www.oppositionlaw.com.au).

He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and has lectured intellectual property law to undergraduate students.

Andrew’s recent matters in 2015 include:

Trade Marks

-        Doctor’s Associates Inc. (trading as “Subway”) v. Mastrogiacomo – representing a US take-away food corporation as lead counsel in opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. (Ongoing)

-        Geddes v. The Institute for Inner Studies Inc and Ors – representing a Filipino corporation as lead counsel in defending against trade mark cancellation proceedings before the Federal Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        Peet Ltd v. PDG Corporation Pty Ltd – representing an Australian property development company as lead counsel in defending against opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. (Ongoing)

-        Medicon eG Chirurgiemechaniker – Genossenschaft v. A.R. Medicom (Australia) Pty Ltd – representing a German surgical goods company as lead counsel in opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. (Pending judgement)

-        THF Innovation Pty Ltd and Hellweg International Pty Ltd v.  G8 Pty Ltd – representing an Australian law enforcement and defence goods company as lead counsel in Federal Court trade mark infringement proceedings and two separate Australian Trade Marks Office proceedings.

-        Abaco Machines (Australasia) Pty Ltd v. Aardwolf Australia Pty Ltd – representing an Australian construction equipment company as lead counsel in defending against opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office.

-        Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v. Australia Greenworld Natures Care Pty Ltd – representing an Australian herbal goods company as lead counsel in defending against trade mark infringement proceedings before the Federal Court.

Copyright, Designs and Confidential Information

-        IPT Law Pty Ltd and Norris-Ongso v. Sainsbury – representing an Australian professional services corporation as lead counsel in copyright infringement and alleged misuse of confidential information proceedings before the Federal Court. (Ongoing)

-        Bannershop Holdings Ltd v. Aone Trading Pty Ltd and Chen – representing a Cantonese goods and graphic works corporation as lead counsel in copyright infringement proceedings before the Federal Circuit Court. (Ongoing)

-        The Décor Corporation Pty Ltd v. Green Space International Pty Ltd and Orsrepresenting a group of Australian retailers as lead counsel in defending against designs and copyright infringement proceedings before the Federal Court.

A list of further prior matters may be provided on request.

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