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Savannah Hardingham

Partner
+61.3.9205.2043
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Ms. Hardingham is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer with experience in the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights including trade marks, copyright and designs. She has a broad range of litigation experience which includes IP matters as well as disputes regarding the misuse of confidential information, defamation, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Ms. Hardingham has acted for a range of clients including architects and designer builders, as well as brand owners, designers and retailers in the fashion, footwear and furniture industries.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers' Association member
  • Australian Arts Law Centre panel of volunteer lawyers member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand member
  • Housing Industry Association (HIA) member
  • Copyright and design protection
  • Advising a range of fashion designers and brands regarding copyright and design ownership, protection and exploitation, including Seafolly, Review, Globe, Kacey Devlin, Arthur Galan and Gorman.
  • Advising Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment regarding copyright ownership, protection and exploitation.
  • Advising a range of furniture and lighting designers on issues relating to the protection, management and exploitation of copyright and design rights.
  • Advising a range of designer builders on issues relating to the protection, management and exploitation of IP rights
  • Acting in copyright litigation matters including as referenced below.
  • Managing registered design portfolios for clients such as Textile House, Road Gear and Seafolly.
Trade marks
  • Managing Australian and global trade mark portfolios for clients such as Metricon Homes, the ABN Group, Porter Davis Homes, Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, Rebecca Vallance, Macgraw and Kacey Devlin, and advising such clients regarding various trade mark matters.
  • Acting for of Google Inc. and YouTube, LLC in a variety of trade mark and domain name dispute matters, including successful trade mark opposition proceedings and domain name dispute proceedings via WIPO.
  • Acting in trade mark litigation matters including as referenced below.
IP Litigation
  • Acting for Seafolly in a copyright infringement proceedings in Australia, including a proceeding Seafolly successfully brought against Fewstone (City Beach) in the Federal Court of Australia. Seafolly was successful in establishing that Fewstone had infringed Seafolly's copyright in two fabric prints and an embroidery design applied to garments.
  • Advising Seafolly regarding copyright infringement proceedings issued by Seafolly in Canada and France regarding allegations of infringement of copyright in fabric prints.
  • Acting for Prene Bags in respect of copyright proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for a range of designer builders in copyright infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, including as follows:
  • Acting in three successful copyright infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for pre-eminent Australian project home designer builder Barrett Property Group (trading as Porter Davis Homes). This comprised of trials, appeals before the Full Federal Court and an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia. Barrett Property Group was successful in proving that copyright in its house design had been infringed in each instance.
  • Acting for designer builder Boutique Homes in successfully defending a copyright infringement proceeding brought against it by competitor Inform Designs Homes in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for designer builder Metricon Homes in copyright infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for designer builder McDonald Jones Homes in a copyright infringement proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for designer builder Abode New Homes in a copyright infringement proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for Liquid Engineering 2003 in successful trade mark infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, Liquid Engineering 2003 was successful in establishing its trade mark rights were infringed, and in having the Trade Marks Register rectified to record that it was the rightful owner on trade marks registered by a former employee.
  • Acting for Boutique Homes (of the ABN Group) in proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia regarding allegations of trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Acting for Asian Restaurant Concepts (Noodle Box) in proceedings involving claims of trade mark infringement in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acting in trade mark infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for the licensee of the Zoo York brand in Australia.
  • Acting in proceedings issued in the Federal Court of Australia for businesses against former employees who have misused their former employer's IP and trade secrets.