Intellectual Property - Hot Topics

Course ID CN190306_PRO1

  • Face to Face
  • 3.25
  • Foundation

Intellectual Property Rights are forever shifting – stay informed and equip yourself with trending topics presented by distinguished legal practitioners.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Essential tools that enable you to understand different types of IP and how they apply differently in a commercialisation project
  • How to effectively navigate through domain name disputes
  • What dispute resolution methods are in place for domain name disputes and how to successfully apply the available policies
  • The impact of artificial intelligence on current IP laws and what practitioners need to be aware of


Our speakers are:

Chair: Rebecca Dunn, Special Counsel, Gilbert & Tobin

Donna Short, Partner, Addisons Lawyers

Dr Alpana Roy, Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

Beth Oliak, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers


50% discount for New Lawyers

New Lawyers in their first three years of practice are eligible for a 50% discount off the full price of this program. This discount cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other discounts, including the alumni/Law Society member discount. Please quote NEWLAWYER at the checkout.


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Full Price $360.00

Alumni/Member Price $324.00


Start date:

21 March 2019

End date:

21 March 2019


1.45pm - 5.15pm


The College of Law
Level 16, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

About This Course


1.45pm: Overview and Introduction

Chair: Rebecca Dunn, Special Counsel, Gilbert & Tobin


1.50pm: The Commercialisation of Intellectual Property

Speaker: Donna Short, Partner, Addisons Lawyers

  • Different types of IP (trademarks, patents, copyright and designs) require different considerations in a commericalisation project
  • Types of commercialisation agreements – advantages and disadvantages of different options
  • Key terms for assignment, licensing and joint venture agreements and some practical tips


2.50pm: Domain Name Disputes

Speaker: Dr Alpana Roy, Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

  • Domain name law
  • Domain name disputes and other types of online disputes
  • Domain name dispute resolution policies (UDRP, auDRP)


3.50pm: Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunity


4.10pm: The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on IP Law

Speaker: Beth Oliak, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

  • Potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate and create
  • Impact of AI on IP Law – are our IP laws out of date?
  • What practitioners need to be aware of


5.15pm: Close 



Designed for

This seminar is ideal for solicitors in general practice, probate lawyers, family law practitioners, commercial lawyers, trustee company lawyers and advisors, financial planners and accountants. This course complies with the mandatory requirements of Professional Skills and Substantive Law.



Presenter biography

Rebecca Dunn, Special Counsel, Gilbert & Tobin

Rebecca is an experienced intellectual property litigator who has worked on some of the leading copyright cases in Australia. In addition to copyright, her focus is on trade mark litigation and Australian Consumer Law litigation.

Rebecca also advises clients across industries including health care, media and entertainment in relation to the multiple legal issues associated with branding. She has particular expertise in the online space in relation to copyright, consumer law, social media, privacy, data protection and defamation.


Donna Short, Partner, Addisons Lawyers

Donna’s work involves the entire IP life cycle from the initial innovation stage, IP protection and commercialisation and enforcement of rights. Her areas of expertise also encompass privacy, technology and Australian Consumer Law issues.

Donna’s practice covers both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She assists clients to enforce their IP rights by acting in opposition proceedings before IP Australia and in Federal Court Proceedings.

On the commercial side, Donna works with clients to identify and protect their IP and increasingly clients require assistance with IP transactions with a cross border element. Donna also carries out advertising compliance reviews for advertising campaigns.

In the privacy area, Donna has extensive experience with privacy projects and aiding clients with privacy compliance procedures and policies, as well as advising on data breach issues and reporting obligations.


Dr Alpana Roy, Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

Dr Alpana Roy researches and teaches in intellectual property law, with a particular interest in trademarks, copyright, international intellectual property law, and cultural aspects of intellectual property (including traditional and indigenous knowledge). Alpana has several years of experience in academia, where she has lectured in a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate intellectual property and commercial law subjects. She has lectured at various universities, including the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, and the University of Technology, Sydney. Alpana is widely published in intellectual property law, and is a commissioned author for several major legal publishers, including Thomson Reuters, Federation Press, LexisNexis, OxfordUniversity Press, and CCH. She is also regularly invited to speak at international and national seminars on a broad range of intellectual property topics.

Apart from her academic career, Alpana is regularly engaged to work as a legal consultant and practitioner in intellectual property and commercial law. She has extensive experience in Australian and international intellectual property law, having worked in Sydney for two top-tier corporate law firms, boutique specialist firms, and various private and public sector bodies. Alpana has practised both as a solicitor and a barrister, mediator, and has also worked internationally as a lawyer. She has been involved in a number of leading cases in the Federal Court of Australia.


Beth Oliak, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers

Beth maintains a general commercial practice, and has particular expertise in intellectual property, unfair trade practices, real property, corporation’s law and equity. Her practice also extends to family provisions, wills and estates, building and construction and family law.

Admitted to the Bars of New South Wales, New York and California, Beth has acquired significant international experience. Throughout her legal career, her global reach has seen her act for blue-chip clients including Google, Sanofi-Aventis, Fujitsu and Disney. Beth regularly appears unled in the Federal Court of Australia, Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the District Court of New South Wales. Notably, she has appeared unled in a number of different courts of appeal, including the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Full Federal Court of Australia, the Full Family Court of Australia and the US Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit. Beth also continues to receive briefs concerning patent disputes from the United States, where she is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Reg No 41,229).

Prior to relocating to Australia, Beth practised primarily in intellectual property litigation in major New York law firms. She gained considerable advocacy experience in the United States, which has a fused legal profession, from which she has leveraged to create a solid advocacy practice at the New South Wales Bar. Previous experience also includes practising as a Senior Lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney.



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