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SEAN MCGUIRE

Senior Associate
LLM, LLB (Hons), BSc (University of Melbourne)
Postgrad. Dip. Leg. Prac. (Monash)
Email: sean.mcguire@fal-lawyers.com.au
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Sean is an IP and commercial lawyer with over 10 years’ experience acting for start-ups, SME’s and large multi-nationals in contentious and transactional IP matters. As a registered trade marks attorney, Sean has extensive experience in brand clearance, protection and enforcement strategies both locally and internationally. Sean has represented some of the world’s leading brands in the biotech, chemical, oil & gas, food & beverage, fashion, manufacturing, luxury goods and animal health industries.

Sean’s non-contentious practice includes negotiating, drafting and advising on a range of commercial and IP related transactions, with a focus on licensing and technology commercialisation. He also advises on competition and consumer law issues, regulatory compliance and franchising. Sean has conducted workshops on the topic “Drafting IP Clauses: Tips & Traps for In-House Counsel” and presented on licensing law and technology transfer to research institutions.

Sean has a proven track record in asserting IP rights and resolving disputes in line with his clients’ business strategy, including trade mark and copyright litigation in the Federal Court of Australia, patent and design infringement litigation in the USA and China, and domain name recovery through the World Intellectual Property Organization. Sean regularly initiates and defends trade mark opposition, removal and revocation proceedings in Australia and New Zealand, and represents clients in hearings before the Australian Trade Marks Office. Implementing successful anti-counterfeiting and customs seizure strategies for well-known international and local brands is another key element of his practice.

Prior to joining FAL Lawyers, Sean worked in the Legal/Trade Marks Group of another leading IP practice.

Expertise
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Industries
  • Biotech & Life Sciences
  • Food & Beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • FMCG
  • Health & Aged Care
  • SMEs and Start-ups
  • Information Technology
  • Mining & Resources