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Tony Conaghan

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Thomson Geer

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Intellectual Property; Dispute Resolution; Franchising




Tony is a senior lawyer with more than 35 years' experience in complex agreements and disputes, particularly across intellectual property (IP), information technology (IT), life sciences, and franchising. He has broad international experience, particularly in the USA, UK, and Asia.

Tony's experience includes cases involving expert evidence and cross jurisdiction co-ordination with an emphasis on technical and parallel issues. He has conducted many successful cases through to the High Court, and has been involved in more than 100 mediations.

Tony's experience includes advising multi-national companies, the Australian and Queensland Governments, various Government owned corporations, universities, UniQuest, Copyright Collecting Societies, manufacturers, professional service firms, venture capitalists, investors, and a wide cross-section of public and private corporations.

Tony is the Deputy Chair for Australia and the Queensland Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He is also a member of various professional organisations and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • Queensland Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia
  • Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society Franchise Committee
  • American Bar Association (Forums on Franchising and Intellectual Property)
  • International Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society International
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • International Franchise Association
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)


  • Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Graduate – Securities Institute of Australia
  • Approved Mediator of Disputes by Queensland Law Society Inc
  • Mediator appointed by the Office of Mediation Advisor and the Federal Minister under the Franchise Code of Conduct
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The ‘commercially strong’ team at Thomson Geer manages significant trade mark portfolios of clients including Reckitt Benckiser, the Oberoi Hotels Group and Le Cordon Bleu. George Lukic and Bronwyn Furse continue to represent a real estate company in proceedings arising from the rebranding of a leading franchised real estate network. In the media space, Constant Media instructed Peter Le Guay in proceedings it brought against TV channel Ten’s morning show for airing photographs of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle without Constant’s license. Ben Coogan, Tony Conaghan and Katrina Chambers are also names to note.

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