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Andrew Sykes (Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, 2007) shares his experiences at Deakin and beyond.
I have had amazing good luck since graduating from Deakin with my Law / Arts (International Studies) double in 2007.
I studied at Geelong. Where I grew up and went to School.
I started my career in general commercial litigation where I come across a trade mark infringement dispute between a Australian company and a US company. I became so intrigued by TM law that I knew I had found my area of interest. I was then lucky enough to be employed by Griffith Hack in 2008. A national Intellectual Property Firm who was awarded IP Specialist Firm of the Year at ALB Australasian Law Awards in 2011 and 2012.
At Griffith Hack I worked in the National Trade Marks Group and Domain Name Disputes Group. Dealing with firms and companies from quite literally all over the world. My education in international studies and undertaking an overseas exchange at Deakin certainly gave me a better understanding other cultures and helped with cross border negotiations.
The best thing about Deakin was the small class sizes, I developed some close friendships with other students and also staff where accessible. Some of those Deakin graduates are people I still work with at the bar. The campus has such a relaxed atmosphere and Geelong is a great place to live.
In 2012 I signed the Victorian Bar roll, where I continue to operate a specialist practice representing and advising clients on complex trade mark and intellectual property issues.
Andrew is the author and web designer of the online publication Australian Trade Mark Opposition Law.