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Trent Dykes

I am a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Technology team, based in Sydney and primarily advising clients on brand protection, intellectual property disputes and their marketing and advertising practices.

My team and I have recent experience advising startups on protecting their brands as trademarks and otherwise capturing intellectual property at an early stage of their life cycle. We also regularly act for institutional clients across a range of industries in trademark, copyright, patent and domain name disputes.

I grew up in Sydney and studied law and commerce (economics) at Macquarie University, in the city's north. As a kid, I spent most summers at my grandparent's place in Ballina, a coastal town near Byron Bay on the New South Wales Far North Coast where, like most Australians, I discovered my love of the sun and surf. A lot of this time was spent watching my grandfather, a retired naval engineer/fitter and turner working in his shed fixing the neighbourhood's mechanical devices. This, and being the son of two scientists, sparked a lifelong fascination with invention, design, problem solving and the stories behind the technology we use every day. Naturally, I gravitated towards intellectual property law in my studies.  I enjoy nothing more than learning about startups on the cusp of developing a new technology or understanding the story behind an invention.

In my spare time, when I'm not at the beach or cooking, you will probably find me hunting for an LP record, playing (and most likely tinkering) with one of my electric guitars or spending time with my better half.