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Charles Alexander has specialised in intellectual property for more than 25 years and is consistently recognised for his leading copyright and privacy expertise.
He regularly advises major media, broadcasting, telecommunications, and entertainment industry clients on strategies to commercialise and protect their copyright, and has considerable experience in the enforcement and protection of IP rights.
Charles also acts for government and non-government schools on copyright licensing issues and in Copyright Tribunal proceedings, and has assisted many clients in the preparation of government submissions on copyright legislation.
In the marketing arena, Charles deals widely in advertising disputes and other trade practices and regulatory consumer protection issues, particularly misleading advertising and deceptive conduct allegations.
As a litigator, he provides advice, strategic guidance and representation for clients in both the Federal Court and the Copyright Tribunal.
His long-standing clients include Commercial Radio Australia, Copyright Advisory Group to the Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs, Fairfax Media, Foxtel and The Nielsen Company.
Charles is recognised as a leading intellectual property, trademark and copyright lawyer in key peer guides, and holds senior roles in several peak industry groups.
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More than 25 years in practice, Charles is one of Australia’s pre-eminent intellectual property lawyers. Acting for major media, broadcasting and entertainment clients, he provides leading advice on wide-ranging copyright issues. Charles also has considerable experience in the enforcement and protection of IP rights, providing both strategic guidance and representation in both the Federal Court and the Copyright Tribunal. He also regularly assists clients in negotiations with Copyright Licensing and Collecting Societies.
Charles has been advising on privacy law since the Commonwealth Privacy Act was amended to cover the private sector. He advises clients in assessing risks, developing policies and procedures, and meeting claims of breach of privacy. He has advised on an alleged breach of privacy and represented clients in discussions with the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner. With the introduction of Australia's privacy legislation, Charles formed and continues to lead the firm's Privacy team. He has also played a key role in major national privacy debates and issues at both an industry and Government level.
In addition to his copyright and privacy expertise, Charles deals widely in trade practices and consumer law issues across the marketing sector. He has significant experience in advertising disputes, particularly in claims of misleading advertising made by and against clients in court proceedings. Recent matters include advising SingTel Optus on misleading and deceptive conduct allegations.