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Nicholas Tyacke

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property and Technology


Nicholas is a dual-qualified (Australia and the United States) specialist intellectual property litigator. Nicholas offers a level of experience unique to the Australian market, having spent many years litigating intellectual property disputes in both the United States and Australia. Nicholas specialises in advising and acting for local, regional and international clients with respect to all aspects of patent law, particularly in relation to patent issues and disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as copyright and trade mark law, particularly as they relate to the internet and high technology. Nicholas has been involved in a number of Australia's and the United States' leading patent cases and has established a reputation acting as a member of global teams representing clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Nicholas also has extensive experience advising and acting for local, regional and international clients on legal issues relating to the internet and emerging technologies, including peer-to-peer technologies such as Kazaa, Bittorrent and Direct Connect, search engines - including sponsored/keyword advertising - and digital video recorders.


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.


Copyright Society of Australia; Computer Law Association Inc; International Trade Mark Association; Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand; American Intellectual Property Law Association


Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales, 1991; Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales, 1991; Master of Laws (Hons), Columbia University, New York, 1995


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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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