Commercial, IP and Brand Lawyers

Multiple winner ranked in global top 1000 Patent Professionals

From DNA to NDA’s
Patents and Trade Marks
Cooperative Research Centres & Biotechs
Cyber Security & Start-ups
Commercial Law, Contracts & IP
Corporate Governance & Competition Law


From DNA to NDA’S

Elementary Law was founded in 2017 by Principal, Jason Watson, a lawyer recognised multiple times in the Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) Patent 1000 independent list of The World’s 1000 Leading Patent Professionals. Led by Jason, our professional legal team at Elementary Law has the long term experience and capability to provide you with an end to end scope of legal services related to Intellectual Property (IP), funding, research and technology commercialisation.

With a strong international business and technology network built over many years, we have proven expertise in negotiating deals throughout Australia and worldwide.

Contact us by email or call and speak to Jason directly on 0409 097 869


Meet our legal professionals

Jason Watson

Elementary Law Principal, Jason Watson, has an approachable, friendly, relaxed but precise manner with his clients, offering a wide ranging commercial legal skillset. He specialises in commercial and corporate law and innovation and has been named as "a major player with a significant reputation” featuring over a number of years in the respected Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 reference guide. The guide identifies and profiles the world’s leading private practice patent professionals and firms in key jurisdictions. Jason has also been recognised in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Victorian Non-Contentious IP Lawyer and has significant expertise working with universities including UniSA, Flinders University, University of Newcastle and University of Melbourne and globally significant research institutes such as CSIRO.

Jason is the Chair of the Board of an ASX-listed company.

Jason’s focus areas of practice include:

- Life Sciences / Biotech
- IT / Government / Start-ups
- Research Institutes & Collaborations

Connect with Jason and read his full biography at Linked In.

Viktoriia Hristova

Viktoriia qualified as a lawyer over 10 years ago and in that time has gained extensive experience in the field of trade marks, particularly in trade mark portfolio management, filing applications, oppositions and revocation proceedings, international brand protection, and enforcement matters. She manages clients across a range of sectors including cosmetics, fashion and retail, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences.

Her strong reputation for maintaining, protecting and enforcing her client’s IP rights extends beyond Australia, with many international clients entrusting her to advise on their brand protection issues and trade marks disputes in Australia.

She is admitted to practice law in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria. Like all the legal team at our firm, Viktoriia is positive, bright and genuine. With a keen interest in research, intellectual property (IP) and commercialisation.

Viktoriia’s areas of expertise include:

- Life Sciences / Biotechnology
- Trade marks
- Fashion and Retail / Cosmetics and Food and Beverage

Connect with Viktoriia and read her full biography at Linked In.

Rachel Schaffer

With 10 years experience in law, Rachel has spent the last four years with Elementary Law, specialising as a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer. She has excellent prior corporate experience from her time in a large international firm and was primarily responsible for CRC drafting at another firm. Another team member with a strong social conscience, Rachel is also a Board Director and Company Secretary of Playground Ideas, a not-for-profit organization that helps to support people in any location to build a stimulating space to help children develop through play, using only local materials, tools, and skills.

Rachel’s focus areas of practice include:

- Corporate Law
- Commercial Law
- Research Institutes and Collaborations

Connect with Rachel and read her full biography at Linked In.


Legal Services and Skills

Elementary Law provides effective, high level legal expertise delivered in a direct, pragmatic and timely manner. We provide commercial and corporate law expertise, with specific focus on collaboration, research and development, innovation and commercialisation. Our clients include start-ups, SMEs, Australian ASX and overseas listed companies, Universities, Research Institutes, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and Industry Growth Centres. We have particular expertise in advising in the research, defence and biotechnology sectors; as well as brand protection and trade marks. We have the experience and agility to create and negotiate solutions for collaborations across multi-party agreements, including with a variety of stakeholder interests such as private and overseas businesses, research institutes and government departments. Our particular strengths include planning, timing, pre-empting issues, responsiveness and communication.

Our ServicesOur Services

Commercial Law

Commercial Law

Elementary Law provides a wide range of commercial legal services; from drafting, review and negotiation of business contracts, to advising on grants, termination of agreements and disputes. Our expertise covers many forms of agreements; including, Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs), Consultant and Employment Agreements, Funding Grants and Research Agreements, Collaborative Ventures, Shareholder Agreements, Licensing & Commercialisation Agreements and IP Assignments. Talk to us about the commercial law needs of your brand or business.

Corporate Law

Corporate Law

Corporate Law at Elementary Law broadly relates to the processes, protocols and legal requirements that form, effect and regulate companies, not-for-profits and business enterprises.  Our corporate law services include Company formation, Constitutions, Corporate Governance, Director appointment & Board matters, Due Diligence & Capital Raising. Talk to us about the corporate law requirements of your company or enterprise.

Not-for-Profits, Charities & CRCs

Not-for-Profits, Charities & CRCs

Elementary Law actively advises a broad range of not-for-profits (NFPs) and charities.  These services include establishment, funding agreements and grants, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) registration, Board requirements, transition and winding-up, as well as our commercial and corporate law services.  We have in-depth expertise in establishing and advising Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), Industry Growth Centres and other government funded bodies.  Talk to us about the requirements for your organisation.

Trade Marks

Trade marks

Do you have a company name, logo, design and / or phrase that is unique and important to identifying your product, brand or services? A trade mark can protect your business investment and prevent others from copying your work. It can also be listed as an asset on your asset register. Talk to us about Trade Mark Law and organising your own Trade Mark protection.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) rights relate to intangible assets which may have specific commercial value.  This can include trade marks and brands, copyright, inventions, patents, confidential information and other rights.  Elementary Law’s team and network have expertise to assist in relation to the identification, creation, transfer, legal protection, defence and commercialisation of IP rights.  Our services include Trade Marks, Patent Law, Copyright Law and Confidentiality. Talk to us about protecting your IP.



Australian innovators, researchers, Universities and other research institutes often make breakthroughs that could result in new products or services that may change an industry or the world.. Elementary Law can help you realise the potential from your research and development by assistance with difficult negotiations, corporate structuring, funding, research, licensing and commercialisation agreements.  To maximise the protection of your IP, we can also provide referrals to our international network of patent and trade mark attorneys.  Talk to us about technology transfer and commercialisation to transition your cutting edge research into the global marketplace.


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