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Donna specialises in intellectual property law and her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. She is recognised as a leader in her field by her clients, peers and legal directories.

Donna has over 20 years' experience advising on intellectual property issues including intellectual property identification, protection and commercialisation, as well as assisting with intellectual property disputes.

Her areas of expertise also encompass technology, privacy, domain name disputes and Australian Consumer Law issues. Donna's expertise in the privacy area includes assisting private and public sector organisations with privacy projects to update their privacy compliance procedures and policies, as well as advising on use of data and customer analytics.

Donna assists her clients with enforcing their intellectual property rights including acting in trade mark opposition proceedings before IP Australia and in Federal Court proceedings. She also carries out compliance reviews for advertising campaigns.

Donna also has significant expertise in advising clients on complex intellectual property transactions with a cross-border element.

Donna regularly presents to clients and industry on intellectual property related topics as well as privacy issues.

Her clients include financial institutions, multinational companies, State and Federal government departments and large Australian retailers.

Qualifications

  • BEc, LLB

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised as a leading individual in Intellectual Property in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Intellectual Property in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Trademark in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2015
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Commercialisation & IP Transactions in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2016
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Trademark in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2017, 2015
  • List as Leading Commercial IP Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017
  • Leading Trademark Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017

Industry associations

  • Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the Licensing Executive Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ)
  • Member of the Copyright Society of Australia
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • Member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
     

Donna's Recent Experience

Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

Assisting Sydney Airport Corporation Limited with a tender for advertising rights at Sydney Airport and drafting and negotiating the advertising agreement for the whole of airport advertising.

NSW Government Agencies

Advising a number of NSW government agencies in respect of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters relating to trade marks, copyright and patents.

MTR Corporation Limited

Advising MTR and negotiating the IP provisions with subcontractors in respect of the $1bn North West Rail Link project for the NSW Government.

Kyocera Document Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Acting on behalf of Kyocera Document Solutions in respect of trade mark registration and protection strategies in Australia.

Challenger Limited

Advising on a range of IP issues, including rebranding strategies for a number of entities within the Challenger group as well as advising on advertising clearance and copyright issues for a television campaign.

Donna's Recent Insights

EU trade marks – a Brexit strategy

  • 24 Oct 2016

It has been four months since the people of the UK voted (much to the dismay of the majority of voters in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland) for Brexit; for the UK to leave the European Union.S...

Compliance a must with new NSW disclosure requirements

  • 18 Jan 2016

18  January 2016The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PPIPA) sets out the legislative framework for the management and protection of personal information by NSW ...

IP licences - contract drafting tips - DOs and DON’Ts

  • 08 Apr 2015

8 April 2015Reviewed by Donna Short (Partner), Henry Davis York Written by Rufina Cheung (Editor), Wolters KluwerThe following table suggests various steps to take or avoid when drafting intellect...