Peter Karcher | Partner | Sydney

  • Business Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media & Technology
Tel 61 2 8235 1218Mob 0402 312 699Email p.karcher@clarkekann.com.au

Peter leads our Intellectual Property, and Media & Technology practice groups, and is a member of our Business Transactions group.

Peter advises on the acquisition and disposal of businesses, commercial contracts, intellectual property protection, private investment and fundraising, shareholder and partnership agreements, corporate restructures, joint ventures, government tenders, and IP disputes.

In particular, Peter adds value to his clients' businesses by assisting them to identify, protect and exploit their valuable intellectual property assets. Managing international trade mark portfolios, structuring and negotiating intellectual property licences, protecting confidential information, and advising on complex copyright and patent disputes are all within his field of expertise. 

His industry experience includes media, advertising & marketing, and technology & software. Peter acts as the legal adviser to industry body Publishers Australia, as well as many of its publisher members. He regularly advises clients on major IT services contracts and software agreements. Peter understands the legal issues faced by businesses in these industries, including the increasing challenges posed by social media and privacy laws. He publishes articles, conducts seminars and presents at conferences in these areas for clients and industry groups.

Peter is familiar with trade mark infringement claims, misleading and deceptive conduct actions, passing off disputes,  defamation, and breach of contract claims. He is a skilled negotiator who helps clients understand where they stand in a dispute, and guides them through the dispute resolution process to achieve an optimal outcome.

Experience

Business Transactions

  • NRMA Travel

    Advising on the disposal of NRMA's portfolio of wholesale travel businesses to The Travel Corporation and on NRMA's appointment as an Official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup.
  • JCDecaux Australia

    Advising on large advertising infrastructure and services tenders to government and semi-government bodies, and the acquisition of outdoor advertising assets and contractual rights.
  • Universal Magazines

    Advising on the acquisition of Westwick-Farrow Media, including nine national print magazine titles, related digital editions, 11 websites, and an events division.
  • Jobadder Pty Limited

    Assisting with the corporate group restructuring, business expansion into the United States, and capital injection by Seek Limited to take up a substantial equity position in the Jobadder Group, as well as advising on business acquisitions.
  • Fox International Channels

    Acquisition of film studio and production assets in Australia.
  • Clifford Hallam Healthcare

    Exclusive supply agreement with major industry association.
  • RE/MAX Australia

    Joint venture arrangements for mortgage broking venture with financial services licensee partner.

Intellectual Property, Media & Technology

  • Pacific Magazines

    Managing a large international trade make portfolio for Australia's second largest magazine publisher, and also advising on trade mark oppositions and passing off disputes, publishing law, prepublication clearances, defamation and copyright.
  • beIN Sports (formerly Setanta Sports Australia)

    Advising on copyright, content licensing, trade practices, consumer and contractual advice on a wide range of matters.
  • Engineers Media

    Registering a number of difficult, descriptive trade marks and advising on intellectual property licensing.
  • Giant Bicycles

    Providing patent infringement advice.
  • Intela Global Performance Marketing

    Australian operations and regulatory, trade practices and licensing advice.
  • Laser Clinics Australia

    Advising on trade marks and intellectual property protection.
  • Liftronic

    Successfully defending claims of patent infringement by a third party competitor regarding proprietary lift technology.  Liftronic is the largest Australian owned and managed lift company.
  • Porter Group

    Intellectual property and copyright issues regarding excavator buckets.  Porter Group is New Zealand's largest construction equipment company.
  • Publishers Australia

    Corporate governance, advising on amendments to the Association's Constitution and conduct of annual general meetings.
  • State political party

    IT and software licence agreement for a State political party's management of its member database.
  • Universal Cranes

    Advising on trade mark disputes.
  • Weir Minerals Australia Limited

    Developing bespoke software development and supply agreements for use with suppliers on multimillion dollar automation project.

Articles

People

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