Nicole Reid

Special Counsel
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Melbourne, Australia
    Local Time: Monday 18:31

Practice Expertise

  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Government
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Areas of Practice

  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications


I prepare, negotiate and advise on various types of contracts, including research funding and collaboration agreements, intellectual property assignment and licensing agreements, sponsorship and distribution agreements, and goods and services agreements.

Recognised for always drafting clear, technically accurate contractual documents, I take pride in providing advice that addresses my clients’ needs.

Career highlights

  • The University of New South Wales; the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the NSW Government; the Commonwealth Bank of Australia; and Telstra – helped the consortium establish a new company in order to develop and commercialise a silicon-based quantum computer
  • Medical Research Commercialisation Fund – acted in relation to the intellectual property aspects of various investments into early-stage medical research, as well as on behalf of a number of spin-out companies
  • The University of Melbourne – helped establish Bionic Vision Australia, a collaboration between five world-leading Australian research institutions to develop a bionic eye
  • Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority and Emergency Management Victoria – advised on the state’s agreements with providers of emergency services communications networks and services, including in relation to extensions, major upgrades and other variations, and day-to-day issues
  • Victorian Department of Education and Training – advised on the department’s suite of Skills First Program VET funding contracts


Areas of Practice

  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications


Additional Articles
  • Should you get bent out of shape pursuing trade mark registration for a shape?
  • UK expands fair dealing exceptions, but not as far as planned (yet)
  • Apotex v Sanofi-Aventis continued: High Court upholds patentability of methods of medical treatment - but finds no infringement
  • Fearless Girl caught in corporate crosshairs

    This recent case is a timely reminder for businesses to obtain targeted legal advice when entering agreements relating to the use of intellectual property to ensure that the terms properly address what uses are permitted and restrictions are imposed.

  • Google trade mark survives generic challenge in the US

    A United States appeal court has recently found in favour of Google, Inc in a case that sought to argue that the word GOOGLE should lose trade mark protection because it has become generic.


  • WA Supreme Court decides farmer not responsible for GM contamination of neighbour's land
  • Federal Circuit Court awards damages for using stock image without consent
  • In the EU merely linking to a work does not infringe copyright
  • Can you really use online terms and conditions to bind someone to clean your toilet
    Recently a provider of free wi-fi services in the UK gained some publicity for itself by temporarily including in its terms of use a clause requiring each user of its service to undertake 1,000 hours of community service (including, yes, cleaning public toilets or, more endearingly, painting snails' shells).

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