In my twenties (many years ago!), I worked with CBS Music (now Sony Music) in a business affairs role and then managed a record company. In those positions I used to “brief” one of the early pioneers of IP in Australia, Jim Lahore, who was a Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jacques. Most of that work involved protecting and advising on copyright and trademark matters for the labels and its roster of artists, so that started my interest.
Never sue those who buy ink by the barrel.
There are a few significant trends. Firstly, boardroom pressure on IP strategy. Secondly, the massive increase worldwide in patenting and patent licencing, and the use of a patent portfolio to force smaller companies into taking patent licences. Thirdly, the use of IP to totally deconstruct and change the way we distribute content, whether it be audio, visual or both.
I’ve been very fortunate to represent many of the Hollywood A-list including Michael Jackson, Meg Ryan, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Leonardo Di Caprio, Keith Urban, Jennifer Aniston and most of Australia’s Oscar winners including Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Russell Crowe.
Surfing, boxing and dining out.
Definitely a song. Someone like Carl Douglas (“Kung Fu Fighting”), Young MC (“Bust a Move”), or Rick Derringer (“Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo”).