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Savannah Hardingham

Special Counsel
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Hardingham is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer with experience in the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights including trade marks, copyright and designs. She has a broad range of litigation experience which includes IP matters as well as disputes regarding the misuse of confidential information, defamation, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Ms. Hardingham has acted for a range of clients including fashion and footwear brand owners, designers and manufacturers, designer builders, prolific Australian and international talent, publishers and record companies.

Ms. Hardingham is currently studying a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property at The University of Melbourne.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers' Association member
  • Australian Arts Law Centre panel of volunteer lawyers member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand member  
  • Acting for various prominent fashion brands in Australia including Diesel, G-Star, Camper and Zoo York as well as a wide range of leading Australian fashion labels including Arthur Galan, Bettina Liano, Scanlan & Theodore, Seafolly, Metalicus, Review Australia, Alice McCall, Anna Thomas and Elwood in a variety of IP matters. These have included matters relating to brand and design protection and litigious matters involving copyright, design and trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Acting in three copyright trials and two appeals in the Federal Court of Australia for pre-eminent Australian project home designer builder Barrett Property Group (trading as Porter Davis Homes), against competitors Metricon Homes, Carlisle Homes and Dennis Family Homes. In all cases, Porter Davis Homes was successful in establishing its claims that the relevant respondent had infringed copyright in an original Porter Davis Homes house design. In the case against Metricon Homes, Porter Davis was also successful in defending an application issued in the High Court of Australia for special leave to appeal from the decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia. 
  • Acting for designer builder Boutique Homes in successfully defending a copyright infringement proceeding brought against it by competitor Inform Designs Homes in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for designer builder McDonald Jones Homes in a copyright infringement proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Advising a range of designer builder clients on issues relating to the protection, management and exploitation of IP rights.
  • Acting for Liquid Engineering 2003 Pty Ltd in a successful trade mark proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd in a patent revocation and infringement proceeding including in the appeal proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia and a proceeding issued in the High Court of Australia.
  • Acting for of Google Inc. and YouTube, LLC in a variety of trade mark and domain name dispute matters, including successful trade mark opposition proceedings and domain name dispute proceedings via WIPO.