Kim Cousins LL.B (Hons)

Kim Cousins Kim Cousins

Associate

Commercial, Business and Property Law Division

After a 15 year career in sales and finance, including commercial and residential finance brokering and small business finance management, Kim returned to study law at James Cook University, graduating with Honours in 2013, and becoming admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in February 2014 and the High Court of Australia shortly thereafter.  Kim was employed at the Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions before joining O'Reilly Stevens Lawyers in 2014.   

Kim is an intellectual property and commercial lawyer, with particular expertise in Australian and international intellectual property law and business needs. 

Kim works closely with Tom Stevens in intellectual property practice and undertakes matters in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and many other countries.  Kim has worked in most aspects of intellectual property and in all aspects of trade mark portfolio management, advice, licensing, opposition and litigation.  The majority of Kim's practice centres on intellectual property matters in conjunction with general commercial, business and property law including asset protection and disposal, dispute resolution, litigation, leasing and personal matters.

Kim has special interests in tourism, the arts and entertainment law, including music law, copyright and trade marks.  She enjoys research and advice work.  Kim is passionate about the creative development and protection of her clients' brands including personal brands.  She seeks to build and maintain long term relationships and find modern, cost effective solutions for clients in a rapidly changing legal and technological landscape.

Kim is undertaking further education, studying a Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.

Kim is also community minded, having held a number of board positions including for charitable organisations, and Kim regularly undertakes pro bono work.

General Practice Areas

  • Intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution and civil ligitation
  • General commercial and business law

International Intellectual Property Practice Areas

  • IP Searching and advisory
  • Trade marks, designs, domain names and business names registration matters
  • Matters of copyright and moral rights
  • Company, business and commercialisation needs including agreements, licencing and assignments
  • Advocacy in disputes including regarding infringement and enforcement, alternative dispute resolution, "office matters" (IP) and litigation
  • Competition and consumer law including passing off and restraint of trade matters
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Matters relating to data and privacy
  • Transactions including mergers, asset sales and acquisitions
  • Leasing and IP portfolio management
  • Additional matters arising in relation to music and entertainment, the arts, technology, digital commerce, platforms, and publication including advertising, synchronisation and reproduction and defamation
  • Agency matters, particularly in relation to trade marks

International Intellectual Property Experience - Highlights

  • IP protection and advisory for a long-standing and internationally renowned rock band
  • IP portfolio management in over 40 countries for multinational clients, including advisory, licensing and assignments, and acting as attorney under powers of attorney
  • IP proceedings in the Federal Court including appeals
  • Defending trade mark infringement and passing off allegations by a multinational beverage brand
  • Licensing negotiations with a top international children's entertainment band
  • Drafting software licencing agreements for use by Australian and overseas governments

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