Tim Allen

Partner. Melbourne.

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Tim acts for the owners of some of the most famous brands in the world.

He advises clients in relation to all facets of brand management including the selection of new brands, the entry of existing brands into new markets, registering brands and protecting brand equity through action against competitors, brand exploitation through licensees, trade mark oppositions, global portfolio maintenance and global trade mark watches.

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Tim acts for the owners of some of the most famous brands in the world.

He advises clients in relation to all facets of brand management including the selection of new brands, the entry of existing brands into new markets, registering brands and protecting brand equity through action against competitors, brand exploitation through licensees, trade mark oppositions, global portfolio maintenance and global trade mark watches.

By understanding clients’ businesses and anticipating opportunities and problems, Tim is able to help clients position themselves favourably against competitors through effective brand management strategies, adding value at all stages.

“One of Australia's top trade mark lawyers” Lawyers Weekly
Tim Allen

Tim's Expertise

  • Australian companies with international brands • Beer, cider and spirits - global responsibility for the trade mark affairs of CUB (the Australian arm of SABMiller) including numerous opposition proceedings both domestically and overseas.
    • Clothing, footwear, headgear, sunglasses, surf/skate equipment, etc - global responsibility for popular brands such as RUSTY, GLOBE and JULIUS MARLOW including numerous opposition proceedings both domestically and overseas.
    • Healthcare - global responsibility for the trade mark affairs of the EBOS/Symbion group of companies.
  • Foreign companies with major brands in Australia Principal Australian trade mark adviser for numerous well known brands including Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes, Taubmans, Bristol, Old El Paso and Latina.
  • Experienced advocate in contested hearings before the Australian Trade Marks Office Recent advocacy work includes:
    • Representing Hugo Boss in successfully opposing BOSSPABINI as a clothing brand.
    • Representing Gucci in successfully opposing GUSSACI as a brand for cosmetics, soaps, sunglasses, watches and jewellery (among other things).
    • Representing Louis Vuitton in successfully opposing an AUSTER VUITTON wine label.
    • Representing CUB in the largest set of opposition proceedings in Australian trade mark history, succeeding in a dispute with a rival brewer intent on assuming control of a selection of CUB’s heritage brands.
    • Representing Hot Tuna in successfully opposing a rival fish logo as a clothing brand.
    • Representing Caprice Australia successfully in a dispute with Madonna in relation to MATERIAL GIRL as a clothing brand.

Tim's Leadership

  • Law Institute of Victoria Member
  • International Trademark Association Member

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Intellectual Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2016
  • “Clients praise him warmly for providing creative solutions to tricky problems” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Intellectual Property: Trade Marks & Copyright” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2007-2015
  • “Defends a vast array of important brands” World Trade Mark Review, 2015
  • “IP Star” Managing IP’s IP Stars Handbook, 2014 & 2015
  • “Sources praise Tim for his excellent trade mark skills” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Brand management guru Tim Allen is 'deeply knowledgeable and genuinely passionate' - 'when you instruct him, you can sleep well at night'. ” World Trademark Review, 2014
  • “Has global responsibility for a number of portfolios” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Recommended for prosecution” World Trademark Review, 2013
  • “Experienced lawyer who gets things done...does a fantastic job...can handle difficult international matters – [clients] use him to liaise with other countries on complex matters” Chambers Global Guide, 2012
  • “Brings a wealth of experience to brand-related commercial transactions. With an astute commercial outlook, he can be depended on to provide excellent, client-appropriate advice in a broad range of industries.” World Trademark Review, 2012
  • “Highly respected in the area of trademarks, Tim Allen acts for a number of Australia’s top brands in representing their portfolio interests both at home and abroad. He is a stalwart of the Australian trademarks scene and the leader of a strong team.” World Trademark Review, 2011
  • “Commended for his commercial approach and for being across all elements of trade marks” Chambers Global Guide, 2015