Katie Perry triumphs over Katy Perry in trademark case in Australia19 May 2023
Melbourne IP attorneys discuss key observations from Taylor v. Killer Queen, LLC
Beer brands legal battle in Australia highlights limitations of “unregistered rights”13 April 2023
IP lawyer discusses key takeaway from case involving beer can packaging similarities
IPH releases HY23 financial results, including double-digit growth in Asia27 February 2023
IPH Limited (ASX:IPH), the intellectual property services group across Asia Pacific and Canada, have announced a Statutory Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of A$28.5 million for the half year ended December 31, 2022, compared to A$24.6 million for the prior corresponding period.
Copyright laws shouldn’t permit use of artworks to train AI systems without author's consent17 February 2023
IP lawyer discusses incident involving Aussie artist and AI image generators
Public consultation for copyright enforcement review in Australia now underway06 February 2023
The Attorney-General’s Department has released an Issues paper for public consultation.
IP attorney says there’s a lot of copying, “inspiring” in fashion world16 January 2023
NZ IP attorney discusses infringement issue involving Greek clothing brand and leading retailer
AI as inventor: Thaler’s legal team laments flawed decision by Australian court21 December 2022
Standfirst: Errors stem from various factors including misinterpretation of the Patents Act
BIP Asia: ASEAN supports IP commercialization and technology transfer06 December 2022
In the recently concluded 12th Business of IP Asia Forum held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 1 and 2, Rowel Barba, chair of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and who is also director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) shared that under the current ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2016-2025, ASEAN has several initiatives supporting IP Commercialization and Technology Transfer.
2022 FIFA World Cup a showcase of sports innovations18 November 2022
More innovations, adapted technologies from other sports, designs to thrill football fans in coming years
Meta Adds New IP Tools03 November 2022
Meta has launched improvements to its Brand Rights Protection Manager Tool Now, it is adding more functionality to the tool. Will this protect and secure more users and brands?
Patent Attorney Gauges Ongoing Cochlear, US University Infringement Suit16 August 2022
As Australian biotech company Cochlear and the University of Pittsburgh engage in a patent infringement dispute in an American court, Dr. Simon Potter, a principal at Spruson & Ferguson in Sydney, said it will be interesting to see how the case will end up.
Trademarks shouldn’t be linked to product functionality, says IP lawyer on Lexus TM application15 August 2022
Trademarks should not be linked to how a product functions, according to Nina Fitzgerald, a partner at Ashurst in Sydney. Fitzgerald made the statement in reference to IP Australia’s rejection of Toyota Motor Company’s trademark application for its luxury vehicle brand Lexus’s spindle grille design in Australia. The decision was handed down on May 31, 2022.
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Innovation patents have been phased out in Australia. The final filing date for innovation patent applications was on August 25, 2021.
The year 2021 also saw the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 receiving Royal Assent on September 10, 2021. The majority of the changes to the designs law commenced on March 10, 2022.
One of these changes is the implementation of a 12-month grace period that will allow designers to publish their designs before applying for design protection They can do this without affecting the validity of the protection. Another change involves the design registration process. Designs filed on or after March 10, 2022 will automatically undergo a formalities check six months after the application’s priority date. This eliminates the need to request for registration, thus simplifying the process.
Australia is also poised to join the Hague System. As part of the Australia-UK trade agreement, Australia has agreed in principle to join the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs (The Hague System). The Hague System is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and allows applicants to seek design protection in many countries at once, with fees paid in one currency, through a single international application. No dates or details have been released as yet.
The patent box tax regime is also set to commence on July 1, 2022. The scheme was introduced in the federal government’s 2021-22 budget, announced on May 11, 2021. The patent box scheme lowers the tax rate on profits generated by Australian medical and biotechnology companies from patented inventions that were researched and developed in Australia. The government stated that it will consult with industry to determine whether a patent box is also an effective way of supporting the clean energy sector.
Sydney-based commercial firm Addisons advises on trademark protection and enforcement as well as commercialization and licensing of trademarks, designs, copyright and patents with a special focus on media. It is also involved in intellectual property litigation, oftentimes including cross border components. Its specialists in the IP and Media practice have advised some of the most prominent brands including the Australian Associated Press, Dymocks, Nintendo and Mastercard International. Among the key practitioners are Donna Short and Karen Anne Hayne, who jointly lead the trademark practice. Short has taken on many new major international clients such as Schroders and leading Australian clients such as Temple & Webster. Likewise, Hayne’s practice has grown to include new clients like Jaspers Coffee and Kodasema International.The firm’s clientele also includes Mitsubishi Electric Australia, Playboy Enterprises International, Formula One Group and Virgin Enterprises.
Sydney-based Allens is known for an acclaimed practice with expertise across the full gamut of intellectual property matters. The firm has maintained an integrated alliance with Linklaters since 2012. IP practice leader Miriam Stiel is a member of the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia, the Editorial Board of the Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association. Promoted to the firm’s partnership effective July 1, 2022 were David Rountree in its Sydney office and Elyse Adams in Melbourne. Rountree is a technology, media and telecommunications lawyer with significant experience in major technology and outsourcing procurement deals for both government and corporate clients. Adams has particular expertise in payment technologies and systems, from traditional systems to blockchain.
Ashurst’s intellectual property team provides a complete range of contentious and non-contentious specialist IP services. The firm, which was named Australia copyright firm of the year at the 2021 Asia IP Awards, has an excellent reputation for providing cutting-edge advice on strategic IP matters, acting for some of the world’s leading companies. The full-service firm has over 375 partners among 1,600 lawyers and staff in 25 offices throughout Australia and the Pacific region to provide corporate services in conjunction with IP support. Joanna Lawrence has been named a partner-elect in the IP practice at Ashurst in Melbourne. Other key members of the team are Lisa Ritson, Anita Cade, Kellech Smith, Stuart D’Aloisio and Nina Fitzgerald. Paul Jenkins, who is based in Sydney and London, is the firm’s global chief executive officer.
Key contacts at global firm Baker McKenzie, which was named Australia trademark firm of the year at the 2021 Asia IP Awards,are national managing partner Anthony Foley and leading practitioners Byron Angelopulo, Robert Arnold, Helen Macpherson and Anne-Marie Allgrove, a Sydney-based lawyer who chairs the firm’s global IP, data and technology practice. The firm also has offices in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Commercial law firm Banki Haddock Fiora provides intellectual property, technology and media law services. The firm is noted for representing global clients such as Pfizer, Nestle and Costco. Cofounding partners Peter Banki and Kate Haddock are well-regarded for their experience in the publishing, digital and media industries, while Richard Fiora has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial transactions and corporate issues. Partner Margaret Shearer is also recommended for her trademark expertise.
Biopharmalex is an independent, Melbourne-based law firm providing IP services, regulatory advice, and advice on consumer and marketing law, competition law, and commercial agreements, all aimed at companies and inventors in the life sciences space. Founder Wayne Condon has four decades of experience in IP litigation in Australia and New Zealand, the past two decades focusing on life sciences; he was a partner at several Australian law firms, including Griffith Hack until the end of 2017.
Full-service international firm Bird & Bird has a strong presence in Australia with over 50 legal experts based in Sydney. Shane Barber, managing partner in Australia, is an expert in communications, media and technology, and is a lead partner of the firm’s Australia corporate law and media law groups with a focus on technology and communications. Partner Lynne Lewis is a key contact for trademark and patent issues.
Established in 1833, Clayton Utz has about 163 partners and 1,250 support staff in its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Darwin offices. Known for its innovative approach, the firm has clients across the world including companies in the banking, financial, mining, power and utilities, manufacturing and accounting sectors as well as government institutions. They include businesses belonging to the Top 100 Australian companies, 250 federal and state government departments, agencies and organizations.
Commercial law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong focus on the protection and commercialization of IP assets with a special practice in pharmaceutical regulation and marketing. Its services include commercialization and licensing, copyright and designs, domain name disputes, franchising, geographical indications, intellectual property and patent litigation, trademarks and branding, misleading conduct and passing off, among others. Key contacts include partners Frances Wheelahan and David Fixler in Melbourne, and Odette Gourley in Sydney.
Davies Collison Cave was acquired by QANTM IP in 2016 and are now part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed company. DCC continues to operate as an independent business with former partners retaining over 50% interest in QANTM and restructuring to enable increased investment in IT and other systems innovation and expansion into other jurisdictions. Principal Marion Heathcote received INTA’s 2019 President’s Award; she is a key contact for trademark work at the firm. Other key contacts include Scott Sonneman for patent work and Craig Finlayson for corporate and commercial work. DCC was named Australia patent firm of the year at the 2021 Asia IP Awards.
Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has been expanding its IP offering in Australia and the Asia Pacific. After formalizing its combination with several offices of the near-century-old Australian law firm Gadens in December 2016, the firm now has offices in Sydney, Perth and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In addition to Sydney and Perth, the firm also has offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Its roster of clients include players in the financial services, real estate, resources, technology and retail industries. Patent expert Steven Wulff joined the firm in late 2021; he specializes in strategic patent and innovation counseling for technology start-ups.
DLA Piper is a global law firm with close to 500 IP professionals in more than 24 countries; its Australia offices represent a third of the AXS 100 companies and their subsidiaries in IP and other commercial issues. The firm’s intellectual property and technology practice covers trademark and copyright, patent litigation, patent prosecution and strategic patent counseling, cybersecurity, data privacy, protection and security, commercial contracts, franchise, and media, sport, gaming and entertainment, among others. Recent promotions include Jessie Buchan, who was promoted to partner. Buchan is a skilled IP and regulatory practitioner who handles the full scope of issues relating to the protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP for clients with a particular emphasis in the consumer goods, food and retail, and technology sectors.
With a history of 60 years in Australia, independent firm FB Rice provides coverage across all aspects of IP including patent preparation, filing and prosecution; infringement, clearance and validity search; trademark filing and prosecution. The award-winning firm comprises IP specialists from a wide range of innovative technologies and industries including biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, medical technology and computer and electrical sciences and all industries across trademarks. The firm also offers corporate services to help clients maximize R&D investment through its R&D Tax Consulting Team. Partner Joanne Martin and Michael Seifried are recommended for their trademark work while Ian Rourke and Connie Merlino are recommended for their patent practice. Patrick McManamny is another key practitioner.
Specialist IP firm FPA Patent Attorneys was acquired by QANTM IP Limited in 2016. The firm has leveraged its position as part of that group to expand its network from Melbourne and Sydney to also include Singapore. The firm is loaded with technical experts in a range of industries, including mining and resources, energy, pharma, biotechnology, industrial chemicals, food and beverages, construction, medical technologies and others. Key contacts for patent prosecution work at the firm include Karen Bentley, Chris Bird, Daneta Crump, Adam Denley, John Dower, Carl Harrap and Stuart Irvine.
All-purpose law firm Gadens has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Its experienced IP lawyers assist rights owners and users to develop, protect and manage their intangible assets, including inventions, brands, business secrets, copyrights, software, franchises, contracts, licenses and reputations. The firm’s clientele – from startups to multinationals – spans a wide range of industry sectors that include financial services, food and drink suppliers, commercial services, consumer product manufacturing, technology, real estate and telecommunications.
Gilbert + Tobin is a leading independent corporate law firm with a focus on evolving market sectors; it has a team of over 20 lawyers practicing exclusively in IP law to serve clients in sectors from consumer electronics, entertainment and FMCG to mining and financial services. The firm specializes in IP enforcement but also advises on copyright, patent, brand protection and trademark, false advertising, breach of confidence, database protection, commercial licensing, product liability, cybersecurity and anti-counterfeiting. Key practitioners include partner Kate Harrison and partner John Lee, who heads the patent sub-practice within the IP group.
Founded in 2021, GLMR, formerly known as LMW IP, is a team of experienced patent attorneys who work in a broad range of technology areas. The firm name derives from the surnames of its shareholders: Edward Genocchio, Michelle Lee, David Müller-Wiesner and Simon Reynolds. All are patent and trademark attorneys. The firm, based in Sydney, also provides advice on design law. Genocchio is one of the most senior registered patent and trademark attorneys in the region, with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Müller-Wiesner was a co-inventor for a startup in the field of composite materials for high-performance road bikes; he also has extensive experience working with air frames and landing gear.
Specialist IP house Griffith Hack boasts expertise across the full spectrum of IP matters, and has branches in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. The firm collaborates with Glasshouse Advisory to provide full-spectrum IP-related corporate support. Key contacts include principal Anne Makrigiorgos, who was the first female president of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia; and principal and former Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization materials scientist Michelle Hedges. Griffith Hack is now part of IPH Limited, following the acquisition in August 2019 of the Xenith IP Group by IPH.
Sydney-based independent boutique Halfords IP is a full-service IP firm providing patent, trademark and design services to startups, established businesses, universities and research organizations and other entities. Partner Dan Berger is noted for his work in the medical, nanotechnology, materials and designs sectors, while partner Anthony Cowle is well-regarded for electrical, ICT, medical and designs work. Partner Geoff Davidson handles mechanical, chemical and medical matters, as well as trademarks.
The IP team at global professional services firm Herbert Smith Freehills has offices around the world, including six in Australia. Partner Sue Gilchrist heads up the IP practice in Australia. Her focus spans patent issues in the technology, media and pharmaceuticals sectors. The firm has named Linda Evans as partner in its Sydney competition, regulation and trade practice, where she will advise clients on all aspects of trade practices and competition law.
The Holding Redlich team, composed of over 500 people including 70 partners, is spread out in its five offices in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. The firm provides intellectual property legal advice in the development, protection and management of brands; domain names, design and patent licensing and enforcement; copyright; trademarks; agreements; litigation for enforcement and defense, among others. Players in the animation, new media, information technology, construction, wine, clothing, advertising, publishing and finance industries make up the firm’s clientele.
Brisbane-based boutique firm IP Gateway, a leader in intellectual property law in Brisbane and the Gold Coast,advises on patents in the fields of life sciences, medical devices, EE/ICT and engineering and mining; trademarks; registered designs; and copyright. Principal Wayne Slater is experienced in identifying IP strategies, prosecuting and enforcing patents and designs with particular focus on patent opposition and validity analysis.
James & Wells provides a full range of IP services in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. These include patents, copyright, trademark, design registration, trade secrets & non-disclosure, plant variety rights, domain names, geographic indications, anti-counterfeiting, licensing and commercialization, international filings and others. Led by managing partner Tim Walden, its team of legal professionals in Australia lends its expertise to assist companies to own and maximize their IP assets not just in Australia but overseas as well.
Johnson Winter & Slattery boasts of legal expertise combined with commercial and market awareness where services are tailored with the client’s commercial objectives in mind. JWS was established in 1993 as a boutique corporate firm. Over the years, it has risen to become one of Australia’s leading independent law firms for complex transactions and disputes. With special expertise in therapeutic goods and general life sciences, the firm delivers advice on due diligence, brand protection, product labelling, collaborative development projects, divestment and acquisition of IP, new media and e-commerce and licensing, among others. Helen Clarke has joined as partner at the firm’s Brisbane office to expand JWS’s technology, media and telecommunications practice.
Global law firm Jones Day has 2,500 lawyers scattered in the firm’s 42 locations. Its areas of focus include copyright litigation, licensing and technology transactions; oppositions, nullity and cancellation proceedings; patent and trademark due diligence and valuation; patent litigation; patent prosecution and portfolio counseling; trade secret litigation and counseling; trademarks, design patents and false advertising litigation; and others. Anthony M. Insogna heads its global IP practice. The firm has Australian offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
K&L Gates boasts some 300 lawyers in Australia, including those handling intellectual property and related matters. Jonathan Feder leads the firm’s Australia IP group from Melbourne, where he brings experience in a broad range of legal areas relating to IP, including registration of trademarks and designs, trademark and design enforcement, copyright protection, trade protection and licensing. Feder and his team have acted for clients in numerous leading IP cases in the Federal Court of Australia, including Elwood Clothing v. Cotton On Clothing, Seafolly v. City Beachand numerous cases for the G-Star group of companies. More than half of the firm’s global IP lawyers are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2021, the firm filed 520 trademarks in Australia and over 4,500 globally. In the same year, K&L Gates launched the K&L Gates IP Agency, a Chinese trademark agency which now allows the firm to file and prosecute trademark applications directly with the China National Intellectual Property Administration.
Global law firm Kennedys has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. While the firm is perhaps best-known for its insurance work, it is also strong in dispute resolution and advisory services. In May 2022, Nicholas Blackmore was promoted to partner in the firm’s Melbourne office, where his practice covers data privacy, cyber insurance, general commercial and corporate, and technology. He is also practice group leader of the Kennedys IT & Privacy practice in Hong Kong, where he advises clients on data privacy, cyber risk, technology and intellectual property.
King & Wood Mallesons boasts more than 140 partners and over 1,100 lawyers across Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Its IP practice covers patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, trade secrets, strategic IP advice and IP disputes. Among the firm’s roster of clients are business establishments in food and agriculture, health and pharma, media/entertainment, technology and energy sectors as well as government and key research and industry bodies. Key practitioners include Bill Ladas, Kim O’Connell, Matthew Swinn and Cate Nagy.
Established in 1905, Macpherson Kelley is a full-service law firm with offices in Brisbane, Dandenong, Melbourne and Sydney. Its IP practice is strengthened by a team of award-winning lawyers who deliver services in the areas of licensing, application, counterfeit goods, confidential information and trade secrets, international protection, IP ownership consolidation and transfer, IP reviews and audits, plant breeders rights, IT advice and others.
Maddocks is an independent Australian firm that works closely with corporations, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally from offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. The firm is noted for its cyber and data resilience work; it also has a strong TMT team, which provides advice in complex technology contracting, including IT and business process outsourcing; telecommunications regulation and commercial matters; and content creation and distribution. Brendan Coady has more than two decades’ experience as a commercial lawyer; his practice focuses on IP, technology and telecommunications; he also advises on competition and consumer law.
Adelaide-based Madderns assists clients in the management of their IP portfolios, including conducting audits to fully capture and recognize IP assets and providing strategies for identifying risk associated with third-party IP rights. The firm has very strong IP capabilities in IT and electronics, defense technologies, life sciences and medical devices, food, wine and beverages. Partner Tom Melville is known for his commercially-focused approach and has a strong interest in sustainable technologies and medical technologies. Louise Emmett heads up the trademark team and Mark O’Donnell leads the life sciences and chemistry teams. Other leading practitioners at Madderns include Megan Ryder for trademarks, Chris Wilkinson and Stephen O’Brien for ICT/electronics, Craig Vinall for engineering and managing partner Jeff Holman for life sciences/chemistry.
McCullough Robertson is a full service, independent Australian law firm with a team of specialist lawyers, associates and paralegals lending a commercial approach to trademark prosecution, advice and enforcement. The lawyers boast of extensive experience in information technology and e-commerce transactions under their belt. These include software licensing, support and maintenance agreements, provision of design and consultancy services, systems integration, outsourcing, distribution agreements, website design and hosting agreements, website rules, web advertising agreements, data management and privacy issues. With more than 4,000 trademarks under management worldwide, the firm has a wealth of experience in both Australian and international filings. The firm prides itself on holistic approach, providing innovative and practical solutions that includes ongoing assistance in relation to portfolio management, enforcement and protection. Among these innovative solutions is the firm’s specialized IP docketing system which ensures clients that their brands, maintenance and enforcement matters are effectively and efficiently managed. Belinda Breakspear, who heads up the firm’s IP practice is a key contact.
Media Art Lawyers has been in operation for over 20 years, providing practical and commercial legal advice to clients in the entertainment, media and creative spaces including talents, startups and multinationals. Its intellectual property services cover the following: copyright, trademark, trademark and design searches, applications, oppositions, registrations and certification, transfer, licensing and protection among others. Principal partner is Stephen King who practices in all facets of commercial and entertainment law; with a particular focus on music. The firm, the largest boutique entertainment law firm in Australasia, has set up a new office in Brisbane in addition to those in in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. Marcus Walkom, who was made partner at the firm in late 2021, will lead the new office. Walkom has experience in entertainment and commercial law and as a litigator has practiced in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Based in Brisbane, Michael Buck IP is a patent and trademark attorney firm with an IP practice that dates back to 1994. Its client base is made up of local and international companies, startups, individual inventors, educational institutions and research bodies from around the globe. The firm counts among its services the preparation of patent applications for highly technical inventions. The firm also specializes in registered designs. Its leading practitioners are Geraldine Rimmer, who was elevated to principal in July 2021, for trademarks and Andy Mukherji and Michael Buck for patents. Rimmer is experienced in contentious areas such as oppositions and dispute resolution and handling hearings before the Australian Trade Marks Office.
Leading national law firm Mills Oakley in 2019 launched an IP practice in Melbourne with the hire of Steven Wulff, who specializes in strategic IP protection and counseling startups and tech firms. Wulff has since left the firm to join Dentons but he leaves behind a strong IP practice covering a wide range of issues with focus on patents, copyright, trademarks, breach of confidence, Australian Consumer Law issues and IP licensing. In particular, the firm delivers services in trademark filing, brand protection and portfolio management; patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation; oppositions and hearings; IP commercialization, licensing and acquisition/disposal, among others. Lisa Egan, who has specialized in IP law for more than 20 years, has joined the firm in Melbourne as a partner.
Sydney-based multinational professional services firm MinterEllisonpositions itself at the conjunction of legal services and technology. Leading IP specialists include senior consulting lawyer Maria Ho and partner Lisa Jarrett. Andrew Cunningham, the firm’s Sydney-based managing partner for consulting solutions and innovation, has spent more than 30 years with the firm and is now tasked with using “innovation to transform the client experience.” As innovation leader, Cunningham is developing and implementing strategy to “achieve the firm’s vision to be recognized by our clients as the firm which provides the most innovative solutions.”
Norton Rose Fulbright has an IP team of more than 50 professionals spread across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane. Its clients include major brands and smaller companies from the hospitality and travel, financial institutions, banking, insurance, food technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, information technology, entertainment and broadcasting sectors. Frances Drummond is key contact for the IP practice based in Sydney.
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong and Adelaide. The POF Group includes three entities: a patent and trademark attorney firm, an in-house law firm focusing on litigation and IP agreements, and a specialist investigations company. Its services cover patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, plant breeder’s rights, IP commercialization, IP research and IP portfolio management. Its 23-plus partners help manage client’s portfolios across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Southeast Asia.
Pizzeys, part of the IPH Limited group, operates in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Several of its attorneys boast of multi-jurisdictional qualifications and expertise as well as years of experience working at IP Australia, the Australian Patent and Trade Mark Office – either in executive positions or as patent examiners. One of them is principal Lars Koch in Canberra, who has experience as deputy commissioner of patents at the Australian Patent Office, as well as Supervising Examiner of Patents and Director of Patent Training at the office.
Shelston IP was one of the oldest IP firms in Australia, but as of November 1, 2021, the Shelston IP brand ceased to exist, as the firm was merged with fellow IPH Limited property Spruson & Ferguson Australia. Chris Bevitt, who led the Shelston IP commercial law team, is now a principal and head of Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers in Sydney.
Simpsons has built a strong reputation as an intellectual property and entertainment law practices. Director Adam Moxon Simpson has litigated the rights to music and lyrics, including the Australian classic “Love is in the Air” and the Twisted Sister 1980s rock anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Director Jules Munro has represented a leading lifestyle and media celebrity in connection with TV productions, ambassadorships, brand protection and assisting with media relations and brand integration business advice; he is an active volunteer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia, providing free legal advice to members of the Centre in relation to the arts and entertainment industries.
Sparke Helmore is a firm with more than 700 people working from eight offices across Australia. Sydney-based Shannon Platt who leads the corporate and commercial group and is the national service line leader of the IP team has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in IP disputes in courts and litigation arising from misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of confidence and protecting trade secrets. Partner Dalvin Chien in Sydney is another key practitioner. The firm’s clientele covers diverse industries that include industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, furniture, creative arts, fashion, construction, hospitality and hotels, banking, IT, FMCGs, engineering, telecommunications, Australian Commonwealth, State and local government, among others. In July 2020, the firm merged with Laycock Burke Castaldi, with new partner Julien Castaldi bringing substantial IP experience to the merged firms.
Spruson & Ferguson companies are incorporated entities owned by IPH Limited, a publicly listed holding company for a number of IP professional services brands operating across Asia. The team is mostly made up of professionals with solid, real-world experience in science, engineering, legal, defense, telecommunications, ICT, electronics, computing and finance, thus boosting their capabilities of delivering effective, insightful solutions to their clients. Principal Daniel Wilson leads the firm’s trademarks practice from Sydney, working closely with Khajaque Kortian, principal and head of Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers, which handles litigation for the group. David Kennedy was named managing director of the firm’s Australian business effective August 30, 2021. Kennedy is a qualified mechanical engineer, a patent and trademark attorney and an accomplished professional services leader.
Wayne McMaster, a Melbourne-based firm named for the long-time Australian IP lawyer of the same name, is noted for providing IP protection strategies for new and developing technology, assessing existing patent portfolios and providing patent infringement and invalidity opinions. McMaster has managed numerous major patent litigations in the Federal Court and High Court, as well as patent oppositions at IP Australia; he has more than 35 years of experience in cases such as Mylan v. Sun Pharma, Merck v. BMS and ESCO v. CQMS.
Independent IP specialist Wrays celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding last year. The firm fashions itself as a patent and trademark service, law firm and corporate advisory service, providing a holistic, end-to-end IP solution. Principal Richard Baddeley comes highly recommended, and his chemical engineering background gives him a leg up in many disciplines; he has represented a multinational energy company’s patent and trademark interests in Australia for more than 20 years; completed numerous patent drafting, prosecution and opposition assignments in hydrocarbon exploration and production, extractive metallurgy including biohydrometallurgy, nickel, copper, uranium and gold hydrometallurgy; and managed IP assignments in renewable energy and innovative agricultural methods. The firm has other experts in consumer goods, agribusiness, chemicals, medical technology, life sciences, energy, food and beverage, IT and resources.