Alison Bradshaw


Alison Bradshaw is an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property.

She spent over 10 years in private practice advising clients from individuals to multinationals before starting her own practice.  Since then, for over 10 years, Alison has built up a varied technology and intellectual property law practice acting for companies, businesses, universities and individuals. She has also worked in university commercialisation business units and was the policy officer for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network establishing the licensing regime for that organisation.

Areas of expertise

Technology Commercialisation

Technology takes many forms.  It may be software or hardware, it may be mechanical, it may be a medical device or pharmaceutical.  No matter the form the creation takes, Alison is there to assist to secure your rights in your technology and help take it to the next level, with financial partners, manufacturing partners, distribution partners, development partners, technology transfer, whatever is required for your particular circumstances.

Intellectual Property

Alison assists clients will all aspects of the intellectual property value chain –generation, protection, management and commercialisation.

Generation: identifying intellectual property, identifying ownership; transferring ownership, securing ownership, R&D agreements to develop IP further.

Protection: ensuring appropriate confidentiality arrangements, assisting with registration of trade marks, assisting with arrangements for design, patent and plant rights registration.

Management: ensuring registration responsibilities are known and complied with including ensuring any authorised user provisions are appropriately included in any use agreements. Alison can assist with enforcement of IP rights excluding commencing court proceedings.

Commercialisation: drafting and negotiating arrangements for extracting value from your IP, formal transfer of technology, due diligence to ensure acquired IP is as described. Commercialisation takes many forms – licensing, manufacturing, further development, sponsorship, distribution – and circumstances will dictate which is the right path for you.

Information Technology

Alison has assisted clients with many issues relating to information technology including website development arrangements, software licences (including end user licenses), domain name issues (defending against bad faith allegations, domain name transfers), software commissioning and development and business purchase due diligence to ensure compliance with software licences.


Alison was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and Bachelor of Laws from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1998, a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of South Australia  in 1998 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1999 and to the High Court of Australia, also in 1999.

Alison is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand