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Tony Watson

Practice Area Leader - Intellectual Property
+61.3.9640.4331
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Watson is a partner in the firm's intellectual property law group. He acts in both prosecution and litigation matters.

Mr. Watson acts for Australian and international clients in advising, prosecuting, enforcing and defending trade marks, designs, patents, copyright and trade secrets and litigation proceedings concerning these rights and related trade practices litigation.

Mr. Watson provides pro-active commercial advice in these areas on all aspects of registration, prevention, protection and enforcement. He is a “big-picture'” thinker and an excellent strategist in brand protection and in large litigation cases. Mr. Watson has had over 25 years experience in advising clients in enforcement programs, brand protection strategies and large court actions involving a broad range of intellectual property and trade practices issues.

Mr. Watson was recognised as one of Australia’s leading alternative dispute resolution and litigation lawyers in the Best Lawyers list published in 2014.

  • Acting for Darrell Lea Chocolates on a Federal Court of Australia case involving allegations by Cadbury of breaches of the Trade Practices Act and passing off and the opposition of Cadbury's application to register the colour purple in relation to chocolate.
  • Providing strategic advice in respect of trade marks and designs registration to clients including Anheuser Busch AmBev, AAMI, Dr Martens, Camper and Seafolly and many other fashion and footwear manufacturers.
  • Acting for many international brand owners in anti-counterfeiting programs involving customs programs, market watches, search orders, freezing assets and contempt proceedings. Such clients include Ugg Australia, G-Star, Dr Martens, Camper, Diesel, JellyCat, Converse, Birkenstock and American Crew.
  • Acting for Porter Davis in several Federal Court of Australia actions involving claims of copyright infringement against Metricon, Carlisle Homes and Dennis Family Corporation.
  • Acting for BHP in the Supreme Court of Australia cases in respect of allegations of breaches of the Trade Practices Act, breaches of contract and negligent misrepresentation.
  • Defending Australian Local Directories in claims of breach of copyright and passing off and the opposition of Telstra/Sensis’ application to register the word YELLOW in relation to directories.
  • Advising on copyright and design infringement proceedings for Review, Bettina Liano, AG, Elwood, G-Star, Diesel, Ladakh, Gorman, Metalicus and many other fashion designers in respect of copying their original clothing designs.
  • Acting for Seafolly in a case concerning comments made by another swimwear designer on Facebook and in the media involving allegations of misrepresentation, injurious falsehood and copyright infringement.
  • Acting for Blackmagic Design in a Federal Court of Australia action in which two former employees were found to have breached their fiduciary duties and misused confidential information of Blackmagic Design.