About Margaret

IP by Margaret®


I am an Australian lawyer (solicitor) and trade marks attorney and Principal of my law firm.  I have provided Intellectual Property (IP) services for about 30 years.  My trade mark – IP by Margaret – says it all – I practise IP law my way – providing honest and fearless expert advice and representation in the best interests of my clients.

 Intellectual property is all about innovation and creativity.  It is the legal framework protecting inventions, designs, trade marks and creative works, which can be some of the most valuable assets of a business.

I help my clients commercialise and enforce or defend their IP rights.  This involves:

  • listening to my clients’ concerns and what is important to them

  • providing frank advice and discussing with them the best way forward

  • client-focussed, practical commercial advice

  • genuinely tailoring the necessary legal documents to the client’s requirements (unlike legal forms and contracts available from some websites)

  • negotiating with another party to get the best results for my clients

  • personal service – no exposure to inexperienced lawyers and the problems and duplication of costs that this can entail

  • no forms for a client to fill in – I prefer to speak to clients and understand their problems

  • high quality services at reasonable rates, as I do not have the overheads of a larger law firm

  • adding value to my clients’ commercial dealings.

In addition to my 30 years of practice as a lawyer, I have lectured and tutored in Intellectual Property law at Victoria University and I speak at seminars on IP topics.  I have contributed to the copyright sections of The Laws of Australia and The Law Handbook.

I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) with the University Medal in Law.

I am a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Limited, The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc and Victorian Women Lawyers as well as being a member of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and serving on its Trade Mark Sub Committee (Education).