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Robynne Sanders

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Robynne is a leading Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer and patent specialist. She has considerable experience in patent litigation and dispute resolution, particularly for clients in the manufacturing and building and construction sectors. Robynne is also experienced in drafting licensing and manufacturing agreements and advising on confidentiality, trade mark disputes, branding and other IP issues. In addition to her highly-developed expertise in IP litigation, Robynne works closely with clients from industry sectors such as engineering, building, construction and consumer goods to develop and implement IP protection strategies. In addition to her legal qualifications, Robynne has a Bachelor of Science (majoring in inorganic and environmental chemistry), a Masters degree in Industrial Property and is a Registered Patent Attorney in both Australia and New Zealand.


Registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney, 2004; Registered Australian Patent Attorney, 2004; Registered New Zealand Patent Attorney, 2004; Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2000; High Court of Australia, 2003; Supreme Court of Victoria, 2004.


Fellow, Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys; Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (Victorian committee member, September 2008 to September 2010; committee chairman from September 2010; trans-national committee member from September 2010)


Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), University of Newcastle, 1997; Bachelor of Laws, University of Newcastle, 1999; Master of Industrial Property, University of Technology, Sydney, 2003


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DLA Piper's five-partner team is led by global co-chair of the firm’s trade mark, copyright and media group Melinda Upton, who has substantial experience across the gamut of intellectual property work, and advises a client roster including names such as Fitbit and Gucci. Sydney-based Nicholas Tyacke, who is ‘wise, experienced and fast’, is acting for Pfizer in numerous proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, including the first cases in Australia to address claims on undertakings as to damages by generic pharmaceutical companies, their suppliers and the Commonwealth of Australia. Robynne Sanders is acting for a client in its suit against Mattel for patent infringement in the Federal Court of Australia. Upton continues to advise the Australian Wool Innovation non-profit on its trade marks portfolio.

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