Commercialisation & Licensing

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property » Commercialisation & Licensing

Rapid advancement in new technologies and industries has seen a surge in product development and research. Forward-thinking companies and organisations increasingly seek to bring the best of their innovation to market, while also mitigating risk associated with intellectual property rights and trademarks.

Our specialist team works with some of Australia’s largest companies and institutions to bring cutting edge technologies and ideas to the marketplace. We advise on product licensing and commercialisation in diverse industries, including energy and resources, engineering services, health and food. With broad technical experience we also work closely with universities, hospitals, research institutions and government. Our team understands the significance of invention and many of our lawyers hold dual degrees in law and science. We rapidly progress negotiations to facilitate market entry and access.

Our Experts

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Arvind Dixit

Special Counsel Location Melbourne Profile
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David Fixler

Partner Location Melbourne Profile
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Eddie Scuderi

Partner Location Brisbane Profile
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Emily Kleidon

Senior Associate Location Melbourne Profile
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Eugenia Kolivos

Partner Location Sydney Profile
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Frances Wheelahan

Partner Location Melbourne Profile
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Helen Clarke

Partner Location Brisbane Profile
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James Cameron

Special Counsel Location Brisbane Profile
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Jürgen Bebber

Partner Location Melbourne Profile

Our Experience

BP’s $20 million Collaborative Research Program with CSIRO

Corrs negotiated terms of a major $20 million marine research program between BP and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. The program aims to obtain key information about the unique marine environment and potential marine resources within the Great Australian Bight, and also involves several South Australian universities and research organisations.

Corrs acted for BP, which holds four exploration permits in areas marked for research in the Ceduna sub-basin. Arrangements required a delicate balance be found between the commercial interests of BP, the interests of research organisations and the public interest inherent in research findings.

Successful negotiations have established the program to continue to 2016, supporting decision-makers to facilitate sustainable development in the region and enhancing BP’s reputation as a socially responsible corporation.

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Commercialisation of recaldent tooth technology for Cadbury food products

The Recaldent technology is a market leading food ingredient which assists to re-mineralise consumers’ teeth. The technology was developed by staff at the University of Melbourne’s School of Dentistry and is the subject of a number of patents secured in Australia and around the world.

Corrs acted for Cadbury (prior to its acquisition by Kraft) in the licensing of the technology from the University and its commercialisation for use in various food products, including the supply of raw product by Cadbury. Commercialisation arrangements covered Cadbury’s related companies and third party sub-licensee’s globally, including in Japan and the United States.

Corrs drafted and negotiated a suite of licence and supply agreements, evaluation agreements and confidentiality agreements and advised Cadbury on diverse issues relating to these arrangements, including participation in the Oral Health CRC.

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Our Thinking

Change in the air for IP laws in Australia: 5 key takeaways

The Government has responded to the Productivity Commission’s review of Australia’s IP system. Here are five key takeaways.

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New Small Business Unfair Contract Terms Regime - Your franchise agreements could become unenforceable

New laws will extend the unfair contract term protections to small business contracts, affecting many franchises. Businesses now have a one year grace period to review and amend their standard form contracts in order to comply.

More

Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

More

Do you have the tactical and strategic edge in litigation?

From time to time you will be faced with a step which is unusual and not generally taken by lawyers. But if followed in the appropriate way it can save the client considerable time and money.

More

Australia should lead in counterfeit crackdown

The new Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is the latest international effort aimed at combating the more than US$200 billion dollar global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

More

Not illegal but is it right?

Australian law allows the importation of genuine but unauthorised goods, even though another company may have exclusive rights to branded items. This parallel importation has long been difficult to stop and causes real damage to businesses and brands

More

Our Experience

BP’s $20 million Collaborative Research Program with CSIRO

Corrs negotiated terms of a major $20 million marine research program between BP and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. The program aims to obtain key information about the unique marine environment and potential marine resources within the Great Australian Bight, and also involves several South Australian universities and research organisations.

Corrs acted for BP, which holds four exploration permits in areas marked for research in the Ceduna sub-basin. Arrangements required a delicate balance be found between the commercial interests of BP, the interests of research organisations and the public interest inherent in research findings.

Successful negotiations have established the program to continue to 2016, supporting decision-makers to facilitate sustainable development in the region and enhancing BP’s reputation as a socially responsible corporation.

Commercialisation of recaldent tooth technology for Cadbury food products

The Recaldent technology is a market leading food ingredient which assists to re-mineralise consumers’ teeth. The technology was developed by staff at the University of Melbourne’s School of Dentistry and is the subject of a number of patents secured in Australia and around the world.

Corrs acted for Cadbury (prior to its acquisition by Kraft) in the licensing of the technology from the University and its commercialisation for use in various food products, including the supply of raw product by Cadbury. Commercialisation arrangements covered Cadbury’s related companies and third party sub-licensee’s globally, including in Japan and the United States.

Corrs drafted and negotiated a suite of licence and supply agreements, evaluation agreements and confidentiality agreements and advised Cadbury on diverse issues relating to these arrangements, including participation in the Oral Health CRC.

Our Thinking

Change in the air for IP laws in Australia: 5 key takeaways

The Government has responded to the Productivity Commission’s review of Australia’s IP system. Here are five key takeaways.

New Small Business Unfair Contract Terms Regime - Your franchise agreements could become unenforceable

New laws will extend the unfair contract term protections to small business contracts, affecting many franchises. Businesses now have a one year grace period to review and amend their standard form contracts in order to comply.

Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

Do you have the tactical and strategic edge in litigation?

From time to time you will be faced with a step which is unusual and not generally taken by lawyers. But if followed in the appropriate way it can save the client considerable time and money.

Australia should lead in counterfeit crackdown

The new Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is the latest international effort aimed at combating the more than US$200 billion dollar global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

Not illegal but is it right?

Australian law allows the importation of genuine but unauthorised goods, even though another company may have exclusive rights to branded items. This parallel importation has long been difficult to stop and causes real damage to businesses and brands

Our Experts

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Arvind Dixit

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3032
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David Fixler

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3173
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Eddie Scuderi

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9319
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Emily Kleidon

Senior Associate Melbourne +613 9672 3140
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Eugenia Kolivos

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6316
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Frances Wheelahan

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3380
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Helen Clarke

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9818
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James Cameron

Special Counsel Brisbane +61 7 3228 9752
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Jürgen Bebber

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3260