Chris McLeod has been a partner in our Melbourne Intellectual Property team since 1999.

Chris has 20 years' experience in all areas of intellectual property law. He also has significant expertise in relation to competition and consumer law related matters.

He acts for significant private and government clients in contentious and non-contentious matters across the entire intellectual property spectrum, including in relation to trade marks/domain names, copyright, patents, designs, passing off and confidential information. Related to these areas, Chris also assists clients with:

  • all aspects of trade mark prosecution work, including conducting trade mark infringement/clearance searches, filing and prosecuting Australian and overseas trade mark applications and conducting trade mark opposition and non-use cancellation applications;
  • IT and technology related transactions and disputes;
  • protecting their businesses against the damage caused by departing employees who misuse trade secrets and breach fiduciary and relevant statutory duties; and
  • legal issues and disputes which arise in the context of social media and the Internet more generally.

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Telecommunications, Media and Technology

RACV: advises RACV in relation to its trade mark portfolio and a variety of other IP and technology related matters. He has successfully acted for RACV in a domain name dispute resolution procedure. He also advises RACV in relation to the legality of its advertising material and the advertising material of RACV competitors.


Racing Victoria: 
advising in relation to media rights and intellectual property related issues, disputes and commercial agreements in the context of Victorian thoroughbred racing.


ThoroughVisioN:
 advising TVN from its inception in relation to the acquisition and licensing of media rights for Victorian and Sydney thoroughbred racing and in Federal copyright infringement proceedings in relation to the unauthorised use of TVN's audiovisual coverage.


Victoria Racing Club: 
acted in various disputes (including Federal Court proceedings) which resulted in the VRC securing crucial "Melbourne Cup" related domain names previously controlled by third parties.

See Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Social Media

Chris advises clients on numerous legal issues (IP related and otherwise) in the context of social media, including on potential liability for third party content and on the legality of promotions via social media platforms.  

                                                                                       

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Leisure and Entertainment

Racing Victoria: advising in relation to media rights and intellectual property related issues, disputes and commercial agreements in the context of Victorian thoroughbred racing.

 

ThoroughVisioN: advising TVN from its inception in relation to the acquisition and licensing of media rights for Victorian and Sydney thoroughbred racing and in Federal copyright infringement proceedings in relation to the unauthorised use of TVN's audiovisual coverage.


Victoria Racing Club: 
acted in various disputes (including Federal Court proceedings) which resulted in the VRC securing crucial "Melbourne Cup" related domain names previously controlled by third parties.


Department of Defence: 
preparing and negotiating agreements for various Defence Force Recruiting sponsorships including with the Australian Football League and the Women's National Basketball League. Chris also advised Defence Force Recruiting on various intellectual property and privacy matters including in relation to the defencejobs.gov.au website and CD-ROMs used for training purposes.

 

Department of Health and Ageing: acted for the Federal Government's Football World Cup Bid Task Force for Australia's (Soccer) World Cup Bid, which was based within the Department of Health and Ageing. This work involved advising the Task Force in relation to an agreement with the Australian Football League, the National Rugby League and Cricket Australia. Under that agreement, the Commonwealth would underwrite the payment of compensation to the various sporting codes, in return for those codes allowing the use of their stadia during the period of time that Australia would host the World Cup, if Australia's bid was successful.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.

adidas Australia: Chris is the principal legal adviser to adidas Australia, advising it in relation to a wide variety of commercial agreements including sponsorships, advertising agency agreements, arrangements with retailers, website and promotional agreements. He also works with adidas in relation to contractual, intellectual property and other disputes.


Spotless Group:
 Chris and his team have provided significant IP related services for the Spotless Group in Australia. Chris acted for Spotless in a Federal Court proceeding alleging trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading conduct against Qantas.


RACV:
 advises RACV in relation to its trade mark portfolio and a variety of other IP and technology related matters. He has successfully acted for RACV in a domain name dispute resolution procedure. He also advises RACV in relation to the legality of its advertising material and the advertising material of RACV competitors.


Labelmakers Group: 
Chris is currently acting for Labelmakers, Australia's largest label producer, in a Federal Court proceeding against five former employees who departed Labelmakers with valuable confidential information and breached fiduciary duties owed to Labelmakers. This proceeding involved Labelmakers obtaining interlocutory injunctions against the five individuals and orders relating to the preservation of crucial evidence.


Southern Mills, Inc (t/as TenCate Protective Fabrics USA):
 acted for Southern Mills in a Federal Court proceeding against Bruck Textiles arising from misleading statements made by Bruck about products produced by Southern Mills. This proceeding resulted in favourable undertakings to the Court being obtained on an interlocutory basis and the matter being resolved on favourable terms to Southern Mills.


Racing Victoria: 
advising in relation to media rights and intellectual property related issues, disputes and commercial agreements in the context of Victorian thoroughbred racing.


ThoroughVisioN:
 advising TVN from its inception in relation to the acquisition and licensing of media rights for Victorian and Sydney thoroughbred racing and in Federal copyright infringement proceedings in relation to the unauthorised use of TVN's audiovisual coverage.


Victoria Racing Club: 
acted in various disputes (including Federal Court proceedings) which resulted in the VRC securing crucial "Melbourne Cup" related domain names previously controlled by third parties.

See Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Intellectual Property

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.


adidas Australia: 
Chris is the principal legal adviser to adidas Australia, advising it in relation to a wide variety of commercial agreements including sponsorships, advertising agency agreements, arrangements with retailers, website and promotional agreements. He also works with adidas in relation to contractual, intellectual property and other disputes.


Spotless Group:
 Chris and his team have provided significant IP related services for the Spotless Group in Australia. Chris acted for Spotless in a Federal Court proceeding alleging trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading conduct against Qantas.


RACV:
 advises RACV in relation to its trade mark portfolio and a variety of other IP and technology related matters. He has successfully acted for RACV in a domain name dispute resolution procedure. He also advises RACV in relation to the legality of its advertising material and the advertising material of RACV competitors.


Racing Victoria: 
advising in relation to media rights and intellectual property related issues, disputes and commercial agreements in the context of Victorian thoroughbred racing.


ThoroughVisioN:
 advising TVN from its inception in relation to the acquisition and licensing of media rights for Victorian and Sydney thoroughbred racing and in Federal copyright infringement proceedings in relation to the unauthorised use of TVN's audiovisual coverage.


Victoria Racing Club: 
acted in various disputes (including Federal Court proceedings) which resulted in the VRC securing crucial "Melbourne Cup" related domain names previously controlled by third parties.


Department of Defence: 
preparing and negotiating agreements for various Defence Force Recruiting sponsorships including with the Australian Football League and the Women's National Basketball League. Chris also advised Defence Force Recruiting on various intellectual property and privacy matters including in relation to the defencejobs.gov.au website and CD-ROMs used for training purposes.

See Intellectual Property

Advertising and Marketing

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.


adidas Australia: 
Chris is the principal legal adviser to adidas Australia, advising it in relation to a wide variety of commercial agreements including sponsorships, advertising agency agreements, arrangements with retailers, website and promotional agreements. He also works with adidas in relation to contractual, intellectual property and other disputes.


RACV:
 advises RACV in relation to its trade mark portfolio and a variety of other IP and technology related matters. He has successfully acted for RACV in a domain name dispute resolution procedure. He also advises RACV in relation to the legality of its advertising material and the advertising material of RACV competitors.


Department of Defence: 
preparing and negotiating agreements for various Defence Force Recruiting sponsorships including with the Australian Football League and the Women's National Basketball League. Chris also advised Defence Force Recruiting on various intellectual property and privacy matters including in relation to the defencejobs.gov.au website and CD-ROMs used for training purposes.

See Advertising and Marketing

Competition

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.


Southern Mills, Inc (t/as TenCate Protective Fabrics USA):
 acted for Southern Mills in a Federal Court proceeding against Bruck Textiles arising from misleading statements made by Bruck about products produced by Southern Mills. This proceeding resulted in favourable undertakings to the Court being obtained on an interlocutory basis and the matter being resolved on favourable terms to Southern Mills.

See Competition

Australian Consumer Law

Spotless Group: Chris and his team have provided significant IP related services for the Spotless Group in Australia. Chris acted for Spotless in a Federal Court proceeding alleging trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading conduct against Qantas.


Southern Mills, Inc (t/as TenCate Protective Fabrics USA):
 acted for Southern Mills in a Federal Court proceeding against Bruck Textiles arising from misleading statements made by Bruck about products produced by Southern Mills. This proceeding resulted in favourable undertakings to the Court being obtained on an interlocutory basis and the matter being resolved on favourable terms to Southern Mills.

See Australian Consumer Law

Trade Marks

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.


adidas Australia: 
Chris is the principal legal adviser to adidas Australia, advising it in relation to a wide variety of commercial agreements including sponsorships, advertising agency agreements, arrangements with retailers, website and promotional agreements. He also works with adidas in relation to contractual, intellectual property and other disputes.


Spotless Group:
 Chris and his team have provided significant IP related services for the Spotless Group in Australia. Chris acted for Spotless in a Federal Court proceeding alleging trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading conduct against Qantas.

See Trade Marks

Copyright

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia: Chris has for many years provided intellectual property and trade practices-related advice to Toyota. He has prepared and advised Toyota in relation to a wide range of its important sponsorship and other commercial agreements. He has also acted for Toyota in a variety of IP and other disputes.


adidas Australia: 
Chris is the principal legal adviser to adidas Australia, advising it in relation to a wide variety of commercial agreements including sponsorships, advertising agency agreements, arrangements with retailers, w
website and promotional agreements. He also works with adidas in relation to contractual, intellectual property and other disputes.


ThoroughVisioN:
 advising TVN from its inception in relation to the acquisition and licensing of media rights for Victorian and Sydney thoroughbred racing and in Federal copyright infringement proceedings in relation to the unauthorised use of TVN's audiovisual coverage.

See Copyright

Government Services

Department of Defence: preparing and negotiating agreements for various Defence Force Recruiting sponsorships including with the Australian Football League and the Women's National Basketball League. Chris also advised Defence Force Recruiting on various intellectual property and privacy matters including in relation to the defencejobs.gov.au website and CD-ROMs used for training purposes.


Department of Health and Ageing: 
acted for the Federal Government's Football World Cup Bid Task Force for Australia's (Soccer) World Cup Bid, which was based within the Department of Health and Ageing. This work involved advising the Task Force in relation to an agreement with the Australian Football League, the National Rugby League and Cricket Australia. Under that agreement, the Commonwealth would underwrite the payment of compensation to the various sporting codes, in return for those codes allowing the use of their stadia during the period of time that Australia would host the World Cup, if Australia's bid was successful.

See Government Services

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