My work with clients involves the entire IP life cycle from the initial innovation stage, IP protection and commercialisation and enforcement of rights. My areas of expertise also encompass privacy, technology and Australian Consumer Law issues.
My practice covers both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. I assist clients to enforce their IP rights by acting in opposition proceedings before IP Australia and in Federal Court proceedings.
On the commercial side, I work with clients to identify and protect their IP and increasingly clients require assistance with IP transactions with a cross border element. I also carry out advertising compliance reviews for advertising campaigns.
In the privacy area, I have 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.
Prior to joining Addisons in October 2017, Donna was a partner at Henry Davis York and the practice leader of the Intellectual Property team.
- Donna is ranked in the Chambers Global Guide 2019 and 2018 for Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright and is noted for her extensive experience. One client reported to Chambers that “I feel her knowledge around intellectual property is excellent and that she provided exceptional advice in managing our risk.”
- Donna is ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2019, 2018 and 2017 and is well regarded for trade mark registration, enforcement, commercialisation and brand management. An interviewee described her as “very knowledgeable in IP legal matters. She communicates very well and keeps us in the loop with regards to all relevant matters. She is also easy to deal with, very professional and courteous.'
- Ranked as a Leading Trade Mark Professional for Prosecution and Strategy in The World's Leading Trademark Practitioners 2019
- Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for Intellectual Property 2018 and 2017
- Listed as a Leading Commercial IP Lawyer in Doyles 2017 and as a Recommended Lawyer in Doyles Guide 2016 for Leading Commercialisation & IP Transaction Lawyers
BEcon LLB – Macquarie University
Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Committee member of the INTA Enforcement Committee
Member of the Copyright Society of Australia
Member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
New Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements in Australia - Is Your Direct Selling Business Prepared?
23 April 2019
On January 1 2019, the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (the MSA) came into effect.
The MSA requires reporting entities to prepare annual Modern Slavery Statements (Statements). These Statements are to be lodged with the relevant Minister and will be recorded on a register and accessible publicly.
Offers of settlement and costs implications in defamation proceedings
12 April 2019
Amidst the anticipation of the verdict in defamation trials, little publicity is given to the issue of costs. However, the issue of costs should not be overlooked – as will be discussed, a party’s conduct leading up to and during the proceedings may influence the type of costs orders which are made and therefore the amount of costs they pay.
Are media companies responsible for defamatory Facebook comments made by third parties? NSWSC to decide in 'novel' case
11 April 2019
The New South Wales Supreme Court is currently considering whether media companies who operate Facebook pages are liable for defamatory comments left on their posts. In doing so, the Court will look at competing authorities from interstate and overseas in order to decide whether such comments are “published” by the companies merely by virtue of the fact that the content has appeared on their social media feeds.