Intellectual property in Australia


Highly regarded for its patent capabilities in the life sciences sector, Allens is a key contact for an assortment of significant entertainment, sporting, and technology clients. Miriam Stiel oversees the team from Sydney and assists domestic and international clients with the commercialisation, enforcement, and protection of intellectual property rights. Tim Golder is knowledgeable of franchising Code of Conduct compliance, while Andrew Wiseman in Sydney is noted for his prowess in intellectual property litigation. Caroline Ryan is experienced in copyright issues, patent infringement as well as revocation trade marks, and Lauren John is proficient in confidential information, contractual obligations and inventorship disputes. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Stiel

Other key lawyers:

Tim Golder; Andrew Wiseman; Caroline Ryan; Lauren John; Tim Allen; Joel Barrett


‘Allens have an excellent team of lawyers with a depth of experience across different areas of IP, from commercialisation to enforcement.’

‘Allens have in depth experience in the pharma space as well as regulatory matters in the health sciences industry.’

‘The team is focused, approachable, and easy to work with. Their technical knowledge is a given, they are proactive and think strategically.’

Key clients

Airbnb Inc.

Australian News Channel

Cytec Industries

Next Level Elevators

CSL Limited

Redbubble Limited

Sony Music Publishing

Société Civile et Agricole du Vieux Château Certan

The NOCO Company

Vegas Enterprises Pty Ltd and R…and Everything Else, Inc.


Forever New Clothing Pty Ltd

Infosys Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Airbnb on all aspects of its trade mark portfolio management, branding strategy, marketing and IP enforcement.
  • Acted for Pfizer on its acquisition of ASX-listed Australian telehealth start-up ResApp Health Limited (ResApp) for A$179 million.
  • Acted for an individual in a judicial review and subsequent appeal proceedings that DABUS did not satisfy the requirements of the Patents Act and Regulations.


Noted for its expertise in food and therapeutic goods regulations, Ashurst is a key port of call for a litany of blue-chip clients on portfolio protection and enforcement. With over two decades of experience, head of the practice Anita Cade is well-equipped to handle intellectual property litigation as well as licensing and transactional mandates. Lisa Ritson is experienced in contentious consumer protection, marketing, and trade mark matters. Stuart D’Aloisio in Melbourne assists life sciences clients with patent infringements, validity issues and litigation, while Nina Fitzgerald is knowledgeable of alternative dispute resolution concerning copyright, patents, and domestic consumer law. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Anita Cade

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Ritson; Stuart D’Aloisio; Nina Fitzgerald; Joanna Lawrence


‘They have a terrific team, with a depth of scientific knowledge.’

‘The team can draw on its national capabilities to offer seamless and top tier support.’

‘Smart, experienced, and commercial in IP litigation. They have a leading number of female leaders.’

Key clients

AGL Energy Limited

ANZ Banking Group

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Combe International

Crown Resorts


Henley Arch



Samsung Bioepis

Toll Holdings


Work highlights

  • Acting for Samsung Bioepis in proceedings against Pfizer before the Federal Court of Australia relating to BRENZYS which is Samsung Bioepis’ biosimilar for Pfizer’s biological drug ENBREL.
  • Acting for Henley Arch against Henley Constructions in trade mark infringement, misleading, and deceptive conduct proceedings in the Federal Court concerning the use of the HENLEY trade mark.
  • Representing Peloton Interactive in the Federal Court of Australia on the basis that Mad Dogg’s SPINNING marks should be removed from the register as it is a generic term.

Baker McKenzie

The intellectual property department at Baker McKenzie has recently been engaged in significant patent disputes in the agricultural, renewable energy and technology sectors. Andrew Stewart oversees the group and is informed on copyright, defamation, and media regulation, while Jonathan Flintoft is seasoned in trade mark prosecution. Elisabeth White regularly handles intellectual property litigation before the Federal Court of Australia, while Chantal Savage is proficient in confidential information, trade secrets, as well as copyright work. Helen Macpherson is also a key member of the team. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Flintoft; Elisabeth White; Chantal Savage; Helen Macpherson


‘This practice is exceptional. We use them on all contentious IP matters and their strategy and communication is second to none!’

‘Elizabeth White and Jonathan Flintoft are exceptional lawyers who are a real credit to the team. I have a huge degree of trust in them.’

Key clients

Meltwater Australia Pty Ltd

Motion Picture Association (MPA)

Network Ten All Access Pty Limited/Paramount Plus

LONGi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd, LONGi Solar Australia Pty Ltd

Rio Tinto

Hysata Pty Ltd

F45 Training

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, LLC, Victoria’s Secret & Co

Australian Wool Innovation

Work highlights

  • Represented Meltwater Australia Pty Ltd in gaining a fair license scheme before the Copyright Tribunal.
  • Assisted Motion Picture Association (MPA) in disabling access to a ‘cyberlocker’, being a cloud storage and streaming provider that underpins the functionality of a huge number of infringing websites.
  • Represented Network Ten All Access Pty Limited (NTAA)/Paramount+ in seeking to have the Copyright Tribunal determine a fair licence scheme following APRA AMCOS’ proposal of a new industry licence.

Clayton Utz

With expertise in copyright issues in new and emerging technologies, Clayton Utz is geared to handle the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property mandates. John Collins spearheads the department, while Tim Webb is knowledgeable of advertising, anti-counterfeiting, and domain name issues. James Neil in Melbourne is noted for his capabilities in portfolio management and brand protection. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Collins

Other key lawyers:

Tim Webb; James Neil; Chris McLeod; Dean Gerakiteys; Sean McGuire


‘Quick, informative and no-nonsense advice.’

‘Diversity of practice expertise.’

‘The strongest IP offering in Australia.’

Key clients

Accent Group


The Entourage Education Group

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited (Toyota Australia) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota Japan)

2XU Pty Ltd

Wide Open Agriculture Ltd

Novartis AG and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd

Sandoz Pty ltd

Royalty Pharma

Monsanto (Bayer)

Singtel Optus Group

Seven Network

adidas Australia Pty Ltd

Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd

Sonic Healthcare

Isentia Group

The a2 Milk Company Limited

Angostura Limited




Pharm-A-Care Laboratories

Hill & Smith Holdings

Swancom t/as The Corner Hotel

REC Solar

Emerald Foods

2XU Pty Ltd

Monash University

DownUnder Geosolutions

Cantarella (Vittoria)

Pastificio Rana

Openpay Group Limited

AgBoss Group Pty Ltd

National Rugby League

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (Commonwealth)

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (Commonwealth)

Department of Defence (Commonwealth)

Sou’West Brewery

Universal Biosensors

PDP Fine Foods Pty Ltd & PDP Capital Pty Ltd

Voestalpine AG


Pokemon Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Novartis AG and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd in proceedings to enforce patents and prevent the entry of generic competition for its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug.
  • Acting for Free TV in Copyright Tribunal proceedings concerning an industry licence from PPCA for the transmission of commercial sound recordings on broadcast television and BVOD services.
  • Acted for Toyota against over 150 parties which have been misusing Toyota’s trade marks.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

With practitioners sitting in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s broad practice encompasses licensing work, patent litigation, and trade mark filings and prosecutions. Eugenia Kolivos oversees the group and is experienced in intellectual property data protection and compliance, franchising, and outsourcing work. Stephen Stern in Melbourne leverages over four decades of experience to assist clients with anti-counterfeiting work, trade mark litigation and brand protection. Odette Gourley’s areas of expertise include trade mark clearance, management, and registration, while David Fixler in Melbourne routinely acts in revocation proceedings before the Federal Court. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Eugenia Kolivos

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Stern; Odette Gourley; David Fixler; Grant Fisher; Frances Wheelahan


‘Corrs IP team has a real depth of experience and an excellent client base. I would single out Stephen Stern in Melbourne and Odette Gourley in Sydney.’

‘High capabilities in all patent work, especially biotech and pharmaceutical matters as well as trade mark litigation.’

‘Corrs Chambers Westgarth is one of the top practices in the Australian IP litigation market. The size and breadth of the team is excellent, particularly the quality of the talent.’

‘Grant Fisher is accompanied by experienced partners who have a lot of experience in pharma / life sciences litigation,’

‘Stephen Stern is a superb lawyer who has a vast depth of industry experience and passion for his clients and their businesses. His strategic approach to litigation and TMT disputes is second to none.’

‘Eugenia Kolivos is impressive and someone who you can put in front of any client without hesitation.’

‘David Fixler is another stand out lawyer who ensures a technical and commercial balance is provided on all advice.’

‘Our principal contact at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Odette Gourley. Her knowledge of trade mark law in Australia and elsewhere, as well has her long experience, have made her an excellent adviser.’

Key clients

AB InBev





Katy Perry



Merck Sharp & Dohme

University of Melbourne


Work highlights

  • Represented Katy Perry in high-profile trade mark infringement proceedings brought against her by an Australian who registered the trade mark “Katie Perry” for her clothing business.
  • Acted for Sportsbet Pty Ltd in the Supreme Court of Victoria on a trade mark infringement case concerning the misuse of the domain name and website.
  • Obtained a High Court judgment in favour of Danish pharmaceutical company, Lundbeck, in a major case against Sandoz – Australia’s longest-running pharmaceutical patent dispute.

Gilbert + Tobin

With notable High Court of Australia appearances, Gilbert + Tobin often handles pre-eminent copyright, patent, and trade secret law mandates. Michael Williams heads up the team, Siabon Seet is particularly skilled in brand protection, and John Lee is noted for his expertise in patent litigation. Rebecca Dunn is proficient in consumer, social media, and trade mark law. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Michael Williams

Other key lawyers:

Siabon Seet; John Lee; Rebecca Dunn; Lisa Lennon; Anna Smyth


‘The firm is supporting us in a complex trade mark litigation matter and provided us with complete explanations and useful strategies.’

‘The Intellectual Property practice at Gilbert + Tobin is exceptional.’

‘The Intellectual Property team within Gilbert + Tobin employs intelligent and hard-working lawyers and associates which means that responses are timely and well-constructed.’

Key clients

Aristocrat Technologies

Self Care IP Holdings Pty Ltd (Self Care)

CPC Patent Technologies

Luigi Lavazza S.p.A / Lavazza Australia Pty Ltd

REC Solar Pty Ltd, Sol Distribution Pty Ltd and Baywa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd

BCI Media Group

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

Nelson & Co Limited

Glass Candy

Stellantis (formerly FCA US LLC and FCA Australia Pty Ltd)


Swoop Holdings Ltd, Cirrus Communications Pty Ltd and related companies


Salitrosa Holdings Pty Ltd trading as Stoneworld Method


University of New South Wales (UNSW)


Herbert Smith Freehills

Reputed for its patent litigation track record, Herbert Smith Freehills caters to strategic branding matters for an assortment of energy, pharmaceuticals and TMT clients. Sue Gilchrist oversees the group and is noted for her capability in multi-jurisdictional intellectual property litigation. Shaun McVicar in Melbourne handles patent validity and infringement mandates, Rebekah Gay is particularly active in the life sciences sector, and Emma Iles in Melbourne specialises in medical device patent litigation. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sue Gilchrist

Other key lawyers:

Shaun McVicar; Rebekah Gay; Emma Iles; Kristin Stammer; Anna Vandervliet

Key clients

Motorola Solutions, Inc



Hanwha Q CELLS

Cantarella Bros

Seven West Media




King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons caters to intellectual property asset transfers, commercialisation arrangements as well as licensing issues; the team is also particularly skilled in patent and trade mark advisory, litigation, and transactional work. Head of the group Matthew Swinn and Kim O’Connell are entrusted by a breadth of life sciences clients, while Kate Hay has a strong track record in trade mark litigation. Suzy Madar in Sydney is noted for her experience in representing clients before the Federal, High and Supreme court as well as Patent Office proceedings. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Swinn

Other key lawyers:

Kim O’Connell; Kate Hay; Suzy Madar; Luke Hawthorne; Karen Litherland; Bridie Egan


‘King & Wood Mallesons has a strong team to advise on intellectual property and consumer law matters that affect our business. Their advice is always considered, actionable and commercially relevant.’

‘The KWM team is an absolute pleasure to work with. They are responsive, highly competent, and work well as a team.’

‘KWM are open to and have implemented innovative ways of working, which have increased efficiencies for both our company and KWM.’

Key clients

MSA 4×4 Accessories

QAD Australia Pty Limited (QAD)

The Star Entertainment Group Limited

REA Group

Zip Co

Fanatics Inc.

Energy Beverages LLC

Chubb Fire & Safety

Huygens AS

Arista Cereal Technologies

Boost Mobile

Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd

Body Fit Training Company Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Zip Co Limited and Zipmoney Payments Pty Ltd in trade mark infringement proceedings in relation to Firstmac’s registered trade mark for the word ZIP.
  • Acted for REA Group in its unanimous win in the High Court in a copyright dispute in relation to the use of photographs on various online platforms.
  • Advising Silicon Quantum Computing on the sale of complex intellectual property rights and specialised equipment to Diraq Pty Ltd.

DLA Piper

Established in the consumer goods, life sciences and retail sectors, DLA Piper is adept in copyright, patents, trade marks, and trade secrets. Robynne Sanders spearheads the practice from Melbourne and caters to patent litigation in the engineering, IT, and medical devices sectors. Nicholas Tyacke advises technology companies on an assortment of intellectual property disputes, while Greg Bodulovic is experienced before the Federal Court of Australia. Jessie Buchan is often engaged in intellectual property enforcement and exploitation. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robynne Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Tyacke; Greg Bodulovic; Jessie Buchan; Rob McMaster


‘The DLA Piper team has considerable expertise and great experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including IP litigation.’

‘They are particularly suited to clients with large international intellectual property portfolios. They are able to integrate and tailor their advice and provide quality representation across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘DLA Piper’s Australian IP practice is very strong in patent prosecution and litigation and is especially experienced with all aspects of pharmaceutical patents.’

‘Robynne Sanders is technically excellent, very commercial, and has great common sense.’

‘Robynne Sanders is well versed in all aspects of IP law and practice. She is equally capable of advising on commercial transactions, IP protection and IP litigation.’

‘Robynne Sanders makes a considerable effort to understand her client’s needs and businesses and uses that knowledge to inform the advice and service that she provides.’

‘Nick Tyacke is a very experienced and determined litigator. He is extremely responsive to clients and mindful of their commercial interests and desires.’

‘Nick Tyacke leads a team of hard working and experienced solicitors, who are particularly knowledgeable in the life sciences and pharmaceutical patent space.’

Key clients

Pfizer and its affiliates

Boss Fire Pty Ltd



Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd

Global Retail Brands Australia Pty Ltd


Slip Enterprises Pty Ltd

UON Pty Ltd and LAA Industries Pty Ltd

O’Brien Glass Industries Ltd

ResMed Pty Ltd


Work highlights

  • Acted for Pfizer against Samsung Bioepis in Australia’s first biologic/biosimilar patent litigation.
  • Sucesfully acted for Boss Fire in Federal Court of Australia proceedings, for patent infringement and validity as well as mark disputes.
  • Represented SmileDirectClub on two significant proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia.

Griffith Hack

With practitioners based in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Griffith Hack is well equipped to advise corporations, government agencies and universities on the full spectrum of intellectual property mandates. Based in Sydney, Derek Baigent is often engaged in patent litigation and often appears before the Australian Federal Court. Kellie Stonier in Brisbane is skilled in trade mark cancellations, infringements and registrations, while Gavin Adkins in Melbourne is active in intellectual property litigation in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Practice head(s):

Derek Baigent

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Stonier; Gavin Adkins; Leanne Oitmaa; Jack Collings; Rachael Lopez


‘They are skilled in patent and procedural law, strategy and communication.’

‘The individuals are skilful; they work hard to get the best outcomes. The people I deal with are good at writing up patents.’

‘Griffith Hack are skilled in litigation and IP patent submissions. They have a diverse team with good skills. They are good collaborators.’

Key clients



Battery World

Century Yuasa Batteries


Prudential Investment Company of Australia


Rio Tinto


Woodside Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Acted for Allergan in a case addressing the question of whether the use of a competitor’s trade mark to promote the competitor’s alternative product, infringes the registered trade mark.
  • Acted as counsel to Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd in long running and highly contested patent infringement proceedings regarding core drilling tools.
  • Assisted Bulugudu with worldwide patent licensing, biodiscovery benefit sharing agreements, and various transactional documents to establish Trioda Willingi.

K&L Gates

The full-service intellectual property department at K&L Gates is noted for its capability in patent litigation, portfolio management and trade mark prosecution across the construction, life sciences, sport and technology sectors. Jonathan Feder leads the group and is a key port of call for fashion houses and various other brands for intellectual property enforcement and protection issues. Gregory Pieris is informed on contentious and non-contentious copyright, design, trade mark and trade practices, while Harrison Ottaway is also a key member of the team. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Feder

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Pieris; Harrison Ottaway; Patrick Sands; Tim Appleby


‘The K&L Gates IP team are very knowledgeable and responsive. We have complete confidence in their ability to look after our worldwide IP portfolio. ’

‘Jonathan Feder is very approachable and is more than willing to offer his assistance – no request or concern is ever unanswered. Jonathan knows his stuff and is extremely personable. Likewise, Jonathan’s team is very helpful.’

‘Harrison Ottaway is equally parts brilliant and personable.’

Key clients

Australian Football League (AFL)

Bounce IP Pty Ltd and Bounce Australia Pty Ltd

Cricket Australia

Directed Electronics Australia Pty Ltd

Jellycat Ltd

L1 Capital Pty Ltd

Pact Group

RDX Works Ltd

RSI North America, Inc.

Sanitarium Health Food Company (Australian Health & Nutrition Association Limited)


United Petroleum

Verve Projects Pty Ltd

Zeller Holdings Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Directed Electronics OE Pty Ltd in a commercial litigation matter heard in the Federal Court of Australia regarding the misuse of confidential information, copyright infringement and breach of contract.
  • Advising RDX Works Ltd in the filing and prosecution of its trade marks across numerous jurisdictions and on the enforcement of its trade marks and trade mark opposition actions in various countries.
  • Advising L1 Capital in relation to a range of intellectual property matters in trade mark portfolio management, global trade mark disputes, trade mark opposition proceedings and UK High Court litigation.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison has a successful track record in all aspects of intellectual property, including commercialisation transactions, confidential information, and domain names. The practice also handles copyright, patent and trade mark matters across the education, hi-tech, life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. With over three decades of experience, Robert Cooper leads the team from Melbourne and specialises in patent disputes, while John Fairbairn is particularly focused on the digital, media and telecoms sectors. Simone Mitchell is skilled in patent infringement, oppositions, and revocation cases. All of the individuals are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robert Cooper

Other key lawyers:

John Fairbairn; Simone Mitchell; Shyama Jayaswal; Jonathan Kelp; Gus Lightowlers


‘A great depth of talent and expertise across all categories of IP and technologies. They can adjust resources dynamically and efficiently.’

‘Minter Ellison’s IP practice is comprehensive, straightforward and dependable.’

‘Minters provide a high level of IP expertise combined with more general commercial expertise and understanding of practicalities, this enables them to provide a holistic and practical approach to advice.’

‘The Minters team has a breadth and depth of experience which means they can provide a seamless end to end solution.’

‘The intellectual property team have strong expertise in copyright in the media and entertainment industries.’

‘Very experienced IP litigators.’

‘John Fairbairn has an intelligent and considered approach to litigation. He is hands on; highly knowledgeable and experienced, with a particular understanding of the media and entertainment industries.’

‘John Fairbairn is an expert adviser on copyright as well as trade mark matters and has a deep knowledge of the media and entertainment industry.’

Key clients



Copyright Agency

Endeavour Group

ESCO Corporation


Giorgio Armani

PPG Industries

Stan Entertainment

Thales Australia


Norton Rose Fulbright

With know-how of copyright and design, patent and trade mark enforcement issues, Norton Rose Fulbright is experienced in litigating the full spectrum of intellectual property mandates. Cameron Harvey leads the team from Melbourne, while Georgina Hey advises clients on pre and post completion intellectual property transaction issues as well as due diligence. Jackie O’Brien and Isobel Taylor are noted for their expertise in brand protection. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Hey; Jackie O’Brien; Isobel Taylor; Amanda Caldwell


‘Norton Rose Fulbright team is very professional for IP matters. During our exchange, they left a deep impression on us.’

‘The individuals from this firm are very prompt in responses.’

‘The level of service received from the team at Norton Rose Fulbright is faultless. The response time is exceptional, they are superb at keeping me informed, and are very easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Accolade Wines

ANZ Bank

Bergdorf Goodman / Neiman Marcus

Bonza Aviation


Bytedance (TikTok, Pico)


Country Road

David Jones

Goodman Fielder

Intercontinental Energy

Loan Market Group




Salvatore Ferragamo



Sonia Rykeil

Sonic Healthcare

Star Scientific

Work highlights

  • Acting for SARB Management Group in relation to a patent infringement claim.
  • Acted for Star Scientific in respect of all of its emerging IP matters.
  • Advising Bytedance and its subsidiary Pico on its trade mark and brand portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, including the well-known TIKTOK and PICO word and device marks.


Trade mark management remains a key component of the multi-disciplinary intellectual property practice at Addisons. Donna Short leads the team and is well equipped to advise clients on copyright, domain name disputes, licensing issues and commercialisation agreements as well as trade marks. Justine Munsie has notable success in intellectual property litigation, while Bianca D’Angelo develops intellectual property protection strategies. James Lawrence arrived to the team from Mills Oakley in August 2023. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Donna Short

Other key lawyers:

Justine Munsie; Bianca D’Angelo; James Lawrence


‘The team led by Donna Short is responsive, delivers exceptional service and tailored solutions.’

‘Donna Short is a very hands-on partner. She listens to clients’ needs and provides tailored and practical solutions.’

‘Donna Short always makes herself available for us. She is highly competent and exerts great efforts to understand and address the concerns of the business.’

Key clients

Hungry Jack’s Pty Limited

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Pump Haircare Pty Ltd

Hemmes Trading Pty Limited

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc

Bega Cheese Limited

Sustainable Energy Solutions Pty Limited

Temple & Webster Pty Ltd

Australian China Economics, Trade and Culture Association

Helium Pictures

San Miguel Brewing International Limited

In Films

Australian Ethical Investment Ltd

Schroders plc

Seven West Media

The Beauty Chef Pty Ltd

Claim Central Consolidated Pty Ltd

OFX Group Limited

ClearView Wealth Limited

MoneyMe Financial Group Pty Ltd

Police Bank Ltd

Shaw of Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented the Australia Chinese Economic Trade and Culture Association in Federal Court of Australia proceedings commenced by the Sydney Opera House (SOH).
  • Assisting Hemmes Trading Pty Limited in respect of its extensive trade mark portfolio, which includes trade mark prosecution strategies and acting on the client’s behalf in opposition proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office.
  • Advising Temple & Webster Pty Ltd in respect of several trade mark matters associated with the expansion of its business and goods and services offerings in Australia.

Bird & Bird

Leveraging support from its international network, Bird & Bird is often engaged in intellectual property litigation and is notably active across the life sciences, media, and retail sectors. Jane Owen oversees the department, and her broad practice encompasses portfolio design infringements, patent and trade mark oppositions as well as portfolio management. Lynne Lewis is active in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors and is well regarded for her expertise in multi-jurisdictional intellectual property litigation. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Jane Owen

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Lewis; Rebecca Currey; Shariqa Mestroni; Tom Johnston; Shehana Wijesena


‘The team is very business focused and operate as an extension of your own team. Their advice is very tailored and aligned with business risk appetite.’

‘Lynne Lewis is very commercially minded.’

‘The people I work with, namely Lynne Lewis, make a real effort to know and understand my business. I can also ask Lynne Lewis a question that may touch upon jurisdictions outside of hers in Asia Pacific, and she can still pull together advice that is useful and practical across jurisdictions.’

‘The people make Bird & Bird exceptional. They are highly skilled and knowledgeable, and provide practical advice as if they had a real stake in the outcome.’

Key clients

Boart Longyear Limited

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc; RockStar Games, Inc

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd (now Haleon)

Troy Laboratories Pty Ltd

Howden Australia Pty Ltd and James Howden (Howden)

Uniden Australia Limited

Rakman Pty Ltd & Trafalgar Pty Ltd

Abbey Laboratories Pty Ltd

University of New South Wales

Mattel (and its related entities)

Wisetech Global Limited

Internet Services Australia 1 Pty Ltd trading as THE ICONIC (part of Global Fashion Group)

Epic Games, Inc

Elixinol Global Limited

The Wonderful Company

Airtasker Pty Ltd

First Pharma Pty Ltd

Noumi Limited (previously Freedom Foods Group)

Target Brands Inc

KPMG Australia IP Holdings Pty Ltd

HelloFresh SE

Strongcast Pty Ltd

Consorzio Per La Tutela Del Formaggio Asiago

Universal Store Pty Ltd

TPG Telecom

The Dolphins

Chatime Australia

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Globaltech in Federal Court proceedings asserting patent infringement against Reflex in respect of its downhole magnetic and gyro devices.
  • Obtained orders and relief for copyright infringement in proceedings concerning unauthorised mods written for the Grand Theft Auto V game.
  • Acted as a long-term legal adviser to GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and now, Haleon.

Gadens Lawyers

Noted for its capabilities in defending intellectual property infringement claims, Gadens Lawyers is particularly active in the automotive, engineering, FMCG, manufacturing and retail sectors. Kerry Aweburch advises clients on design, patent, and trade mark disputes as well as commercialisation and collaboration agreements. David Smith’s practice encompasses the marketing and sales aspects of IP, while Michael Owens in Brisbane is a key contact for right owners and users on the development, management and protection of their assets. Savannah Hardingham is experienced in representing copyright owners in enforcement matters, and Madeleine McMaster is knowledgeable of branding and copyright compliance, as well as design and product labelling. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David Smith; Kerry Awerbuch; Michael Owens

Other key lawyers:

Savannah Hardingham; Madeleine McMaster; Olivia Coburn


‘The people are client focused and provide commercial advice while being friendly and approachable. They provide advice with a collaborative approach and are happy to work with the business to achieve the desired outcome.’

‘They are strong across all IP disciplines, with a depth of experience from partner level down. The partners are very hands-on and have a very strong focus on achieving a commercial outcome.’

‘Gadens has an excellent IP team, across Melbourne and Sydney. They are well resourced to allocate the more appropriate person to each task.’

Key clients

A.G. Coombs

Alauda Aeronautics Pty Ltd

Baiada Pty Ltd

Adairs Retail Group Pty Ltd

Bapcor Retail Pty Ltd

Blackberry Limited

Chuchka Pty Ltd

Citadel Limited

Cotton On Group

DesignCrowd Pty Ltd

DKSH Holding and Favorex Pte. Ltd.

DMG Fine Wine / DMG Organic

Esse Studios Pty Ltd

Evolve Skateboards Pty Ltd

Grace & Fire Pty Ltd trading as Ultra Violette

Grace Loves Lace Pty Ltd

Healius Ltd

Ironman 4×4 Pty Ltd

Keith Melbourne Pty Ltd

Kennards Hire Pty Ltd

Lark Distillery Pty Ltd

Lifestyles Healthcare Pty Ltd

Luxton Homes Pty Ltd

Mister Zimi Pty Ltd

Motion Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

Mountain Trail RV Pty Ltd

PopSockets LLC

Premcar Pty Ltd

Prene Bags Pty Ltd

Racing and Sports

Rawson Group Pty Ltd (Rawson Homes)

Rebecca Vallance Pty Ltd

Ross Gardam Pty Ltd

Sleeping Duck Pty Ltd

Strateas.Carlucci Pty Ltd

Thankyou Group Pty Ltd

The Star Entertainment Group

Unyoked Pty Ltd

Vida Glow Pty Ltd

Warwick Fabrics (Australia) Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Chuchka in copyright infringement litigation initiated in the Federal Court of Australia, VID 521/2018, against it by State of Escape.
  • Advised Lark on global trade mark portfolio and enforcement related matters.
  • Advises Bapcor on its Australian and New Zealand trade mark prosecution strategy and trade mark enforcement.

Jones Day

Jones Day is particularly proficient in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation in the life sciences sector, and is well equipped to advise clients on a breadth of intellectual property mandates, including breach of confidence issues, copyright and transactional work. Lisa Taliadoros leads the team from Melbourne while Samin Raihan’s practice encompasses high-value trade mark and patent disputes. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Anthony Muratore retired.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Taliadoros

Other key lawyers:

Samin Raihan; Kezia Adams; Richard Hoad


‘Their biotech patent and pharmaceutical patent capability is foremost.’

‘They will go to the ends of the earth to obtain a good outcome for their client.’

‘They have been involved in many high-profile biotechnology/life sciences cases and have many years of patent litigation experience.’

‘Lisa Taliadoros has a deep scientific knowledge and is enormously committed.’

‘Lisa Taliadoros does not shy away from complex technical issues and arguments and will go the extra mile to ensure that the scientific and technical points are bottomed out.’

‘Jones Day has a strong IP litigation practice in the Australian market. The team is headed by Lisa Taliadoros, a veteran litigator with a technical background. She is accompanied by Tony Muratore who is very experienced litigator.’

‘Lisa Taliadoros has unparalleled biotech and pharma patent knowledge, and Tony Muratore is a highly experienced litigator.’

‘Both Lisa Taliadoros and Tony Muratore are not afraid to get stuck into the technical details working closely with experts.’

Key clients

Celgene Corporation

Bristol Myers Squibb

ToolGen, Inc


Organon Pharma Pty Limited

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC and Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Chevron Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Celgene in relation to the enforcement and defence of patent rights relating to Revlimid and Pomalyst in proceedings against Juno Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd and Natco Pharma Limited.
  • Acting for Bristol Myers Squibb, an American global pharmaceutical company in an opposition in the Australian Patent Office to Australian Patent Application No. 2015292889.
  • Acting for ToolGen in Federal Court proceedings concerning the validity of its patent rights to the revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technology.


Maddocks is home to practitioners with advisory and contentious expertise across the full gamut of intellectual property issues, including copyright and designs, patents, and trade marks. Ben Miller and Brendan Coady lead the practice and the former advises clients on biopharmaceutical, medical device, and pharmaceutical regulatory matters. Stephen Rohl is noted for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Elizabeth Ireland arrived to the team from Ashurst in February 2024.  in All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Ben Miller; Brendan Coady

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Rohl; Anthony Willis; Caroline Atkins; Shelley Einfeld; Elizabeth Ireland


‘Ben Miller is always available to provide advice.’

‘Ben Miller provides extremely commercial, strategic and practical contracting and transactional advice which is grounded in an exceptional understanding of current intellectual property case law and strategic litigation experience.’

‘Stephen Rohl – Special Counsel – is very smart, very able and an extremely hard worker.’

Key clients

Pharmacor Pty Limited

Rio Tinto

E-Chem Technologies Ltd & Duoguard Australia

AU Pharma Pty Limited

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Children’s Medical Research Institute

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Office of the National Data Commissioner

Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand

Laser Clinics Australia

Black Dog Institute


Work highlights

  • Acting for Pharmacor in proceedings brought in the Federal Court of Australia by Novartis for alleged infringement of four patents relating to dosing regimens and formulations.
  • Acting for Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Technological Resources in proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Epiroc for alleged infringement of patents.
  • Assisting the Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC) in the Commonwealth Department of Finance with the filing and prosecution of its ‘DATAPLACE’ and ‘ONDC’ trade marks.

Piper Alderman

Spread across Adelaide and Melbourne, Piper Alderman is a key contact for government, research organisations, and public and private companies on copyright, designs, patents, and trade marks. Co-head of the team Tim Clark is located in Melbourne and is knowledgeable of the intellectual property and commercial aspects of social media. Fellow co-head Tim O’Callaghan excels in IP protection and portfolio management, while Travis Shueard has been praised for his ‘outstanding knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Tim Clark; Tim O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Travis Shueard


‘They are extremely knowledgeable and proactive. They always respond promptly to queries and have a knowledgeable support team to assist if our regular contacts are unavailable.’

‘The firm’s commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of their service. Their responsiveness, efficiency, and thoroughness in handling our legal matters have been consistently remarkable.’

‘Their ability to adapt to our evolving needs and their willingness to go above and beyond have centered our trust in their capabilities.’

‘Their proactive approach to legal problem-solving has saved us valuable time and resources, enabling us to make well-informed decisions with confidence.’

‘Throughout our collaboration, we have been thoroughly impressed with the level of service and dedication the firm have consistently delivered.’

‘Their professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving favourable outcomes have surpassed our expectations.’

‘Travis Shueard has outstanding knowledge of our operation. He provided very detailed analysis as well as very clear and reliable advice.’

Key clients

Geoscan Pty Ltd

Pepper Group

REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd

University of Adelaide

Work highlights

  • Representing Caporaso Pty Ltd, trading as Mercato supermarket, in Federal Court proceedings relating to the use of Caporaso’s registered trade mark MERCATO.
  • Represented CME Blasting & Mining Equipment Ltd in contentious Federal Court proceedings against a Western Australian based company and its director.
  • Representing Peregrine Group in disputes against those seeking to misappropriate its IP.

Simpsons Solicitors

With expertise in advisory work, trade mark portfolio management and transactional matters, Simpsons Solicitors' Sydney-based team is a key contact for government institutions and music, publishing, and video game producers. Adam Simpson acts for a litany of blue-chip clients and is particularly adept in copyright and book publishing work. Jules Munro and Mark Bamford are experienced in the media and entertainment sectors, while Ian McDonald is informed on pre-publication defamation issues. Clare Young is noted for her capabilities in intellectual property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Adam Simpson; Jules Munro; Mark Bamford

Other key lawyers:

Ian McDonald; Clare Young; Amy Grondal


‘The individuals we work with are innovative and quick to offer advice that is easy to understand and will often inform how best to manage complex collection management problems.’

‘The team at Simpsons Solicitors are superb specialists in intellectual property. They are extremely skilled at what they do and enormously efficient. They are knowledgeable across all aspects of IP, particularly trade marks and copyright.’

‘They have a diverse practice, and they work on high profile and complex pieces of litigation. They always operate in a totally professional manner and remain calm, even when involved with very hostile litigation.’

Key clients

Netflix, Inc

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Allen & Unwin Publishers

MacMillan Publishers

Screen Australia

Universal Music Publishing and Songs of Universal, Inc

Riot Games Inc

National Gallery of Australia

Spiral Foods

Hachette Publishing

Simon & Schuster Australia

The Wiggles

Work highlights

  • Represent Netflix Inc. in Copyright Tribunal proceedings concerning the licence scheme for the use of music in streaming services operating in Australia.
  • Acting for Riot Games on trade mark prosecution, dispute and commercial work in Australia.
  • Successfully defended Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in litigation brought by US asset manager State Street in relation to Maurice Blackburn’s acquisition and display of the Fearless Girl statue in Melbourne.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

IP commercialisation, management, and protection remain a key component of the practice at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. Co-lead of the team Shannon Platt has over two decades of experience in infringement and revocation proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for copyright, patent, and design and also acts in trade mark disputes. Fellow co-head Dalvin Chien is knowledgeable of consumer data rights and security issues, e-commerce work and technology transactions. Vienna Jones is noted for her experience in administrative trade mark opposition proceedings before IP Australia. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Platt; Dalvin Chien

Other key lawyers:

Vienna Jones

Key clients

Allnex Resins Australia Pty Ltd / Allnex Netherlands B.V.

Australia’s Oyster Coast Pty Ltd

Bentleys Australia Pty Ltd

Coal Services Ltd

Community First Credit Union Ltd

Council of the City of Shellharbour

Crocs, Inc

Enviropacific Services Limited

Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd

Greencross Group (including Petbarn)

Husqvarna Group

Infosys Limited

Liquor Marketing Group (Bottlemart/Harry Brown)

Liverpool City Council

Luk Fook Holdings Company Limited

Maggie Sottero Designs, LLC

Merck KGaA

Meals on Wheels

Millennium & Copthorne International Ltd

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Launch Transition Agency

NSW Government, Department of Communities and Justice

Parramatta City Council

Redx Technology Australia Pty Ltd

Ricoh Company Ltd

Roche Group Pty Ltd

Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd t/as HealthAccess

Share the Dignity Limited

Sprint Horticulture Pty Ltd

Take 3 Limited

Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd

University of Technology Sydney

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crocs in Australian Federal Court proceedings for infringement of its shape trade mark, the famous classic clog.
  • Acting for FanFirm Pty Ltd in Australian Federal Court proceedings against Fanatics LLC regarding infringement by Fanatics of FanFirm’s Australian Trade Marks for its FANATICS brand.
  • Acting for Community First Credit Union following successful Australian Federal Court proceedings against Bendigo Bank regarding the use of the descriptive words “Community First”.

Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers

Spruson & Ferguson is regarded for its capabilities in copyright and designs, data protection and privacy, and the infringement and validity of patents as well as trade marks. Chris Bevitt oversees the team from Sydney, while Khajaque Kortian is proficient in domain name disputes and has notable appearances before the High Court and the Federal Court of Australia. Duncan Longstaff’s practice encompasses patent disputes in the financial services, IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Bevitt

Other key lawyers:

Khajaque Kortian; Duncan Longstaff; Katrina Crooks; Andrew Rankine; Lucy Hartland; Jacqueline Chelebian

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson (including Janssen Pharmaceuticals)


McDonald’s Corporation




Hytera Communications Corporation Limited

Dyno Nobel


Intervet International BV

Ecolab (including Nalco)

James Hardie

TMA Capital

Vehicle Monitoring Systems

Xiamen Huadian Switchgear Co., Ltd (Huatech)

Fuchs Lubricants



Work highlights

  • Acting for Hytera Communications Corporation Limited in the Australian limb of a multi-jurisdictional dispute relating to communications technology.

Thomson Geer

Recently engaged in patent litigation and trade mark portfolio management, Thomson Geer is geared to handle the full spectrum of intellectual property protection and enforcement matters. With over two decades of experience, Peter Le Guay is based in Sydney and handles intellectual property due diligence audits as well as licences and assignments. Josh Simons in Adelaide caters to copyright, design, patent, and trade mark litigation, while Ben Coogan in Brisbane is knowledgeable of competition, consumer, defamation, and media law as well as information technology issues.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Le Guay; Josh Simons; Ben Coogan; Andrew Chalet


‘Strength in depth, with particular knowledge in trade mark law. The trade mark registration team and litigation department work together particularly well.’

‘Great technical knowledge. They are responsive.’

‘The team is highly capable; they make it very easy to work with them.’

‘Peter Le Guay has exceptional knowledge of global client’s business and brands, as well as strategic vision.’

‘Ben Coogan is a pleasure to work with. He is down to earth and has excellent instincts.’

‘Peter Le Guay is very personable and good at sharing his enthusiasm for excellent client service.’

Key clients

Konami Australia


Department for Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA)

Exim Marketing

JSHealth Holdings Pty Limited, JSHealth Vitamins Pty Limited

Sweetshop Green/Hakeem Productions

Coopers Brewery

South Australian Government

Saab Australia

Work highlights

  • Acted for gaming company Konami in a precedent-setting patent dispute involving electronic gaming machines with fellow gaming company Aristocrat.
  • Acting for Reckitt in a dispute over a rival’s dishwashing tablet product which involves allegations of trade mark infringement, misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off at common law.
  • Represented Grenof Pty Ltd and Aquadex Pty Ltd in patent infringement proceedings brought by Calix Limited in the Federal Court of Australia.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Specialising in contentious intellectual property mandates, Arnold Bloch Leibler is a key contact for retail, technology and telecoms clients. Zaven Mardirossian leads the group and is proficient in third party infringement protection, while Gabriel Sakkal is also noted for his broad competition and IP property law practice. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Zaven Mardirossian

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Sakkal

Key clients

MECCA Brands

HQ Group Pty Ltd

PLUSpak Safety

Industry Super Australia


Retail Food Group

Cadence Property Group

Wollemi Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Mecca on intellectual property protection, registration, licensing and enforcement matters.
  • Advising HQ Group in relation to the registration and enforcement of several trade marks in connection with its hospitality venues.
  • Representing PLUSpak Australia in a major intellectual property dispute with the a2 Milk Company Ltd.


With a global patent and trade mark offering, Dentons is adept at intellectual property commercialisation and licensing work, franchising and privacy issues, technology mandates, and litigation. Practice head Joy Atacador and Vanessa Gore in Adelaide are knowledgeable of the protection and enforcement of copyright and trade marks. Roanne De Menezes is skilled in trade mark portfolio management, and Peter Divitcos is also a key member of the team. Team members are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Joy Atacador

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Gore: Roanne De Menezes; Peter Divitcos: Antonia Hudson


‘The team are so personable and down to earth. Explain options clearly in ‘layman’s terms’ and very proactive in providing options and suggested next steps.’

‘Great communicators, quick responses to any queries and pro-active and friendly.’

Key clients

Rapid Response Revival

Dye & Durham


Avis Budget Group


Windsor Smith



Starwood Capital

Gartner Australasia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Argenta with template licence agreements and multiple strategic transactions.
  • Advised Avis Budget Group on drafting precedent franchise agreements, competition law, trade marks, IP ownership and licensing arrangements.

Macpherson Kelley

Operating in the food and beverage, manufacturing as well as retail and fashion sectors, Macpherson Kelley is entrusted by an assortment of multi-national clients. Paul Kirton has been praised as ‘a seasoned practitioner’, while Belinda Sigismundi in Dandenong is adept in the development, enforcement, and protection of trade marks. Mark Metzeling in Queensland is informed on the commercialisation of copyright and patents, as well as cybersecurity and internet law issues. Stuart Gibson is a key port of call for significant clients in the fashion and entertainment industries on trade mark portfolio management. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kirton; Belinda Sigismundi; Mark Metzeling; Stuart Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Libby Goad: Nils Versemann


‘Efficient and excellent communicators.’

‘The team deliver results promptly with excellent insights to the matter at hand.’

‘They provide prompt, practical, commercial advice and their responsiveness and communication are exemplary.’

Key clients

State of Escape

BB Retail Capital (Honey Birdette (Aust) Pty Ltd)

AutoPacific Australia Pty Ltd

Sitro Group Australia Pty Ltd

The Coffee Club Pty Ltd

Fewstone Pty Ltd trading as City Beach

Drool by Dr Chris Brown Pty Ltd

Just Order Enterprises Corporation

Visy Retail Services Pty Ltd

Openway Food Group Pty Ltd

Newfurn Floor Coverings Limited (Choices Flooring)


Aussie Disposals

Rapid Tune

Sutton Tools

Kinder Austraia and Kinder International

Illusion Fires / Ultimate Wood Heaters

Symphony Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised City Beach on its worldwide IP portfolio, including the expansion and protection of its IP overseas.
  • Advised AutoPacific Australia in relation to the protection, enforcement, and commercialisation of its international IP portfolio.
  • Acted for Jimmys on the enforcement of its trade mark rights against third party infringers by conducting IP litigation in the Federal Court of Australia.

Pearce IP

Led by Sydney-based Naomi Pearce, the boutique firm Pearce IP caters to contentious and non-contentious patent and trade mark matters in the life sciences sectors. In Melbourne, Eliza Jane Saunders is often engaged in patent litigation, while Chris Vindurampulle is seasoned in patent and trade mark prosecution and opposition work.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Eliza Jane Saunders; Chris Vindurampulle


‘The team is uniquely positioned to provide pragmatic and up to the minute advice in the field of biologics.’

‘The team employs real IP specialists with top notch experience, working collaboratively with clients to achieve their commercial objectives.’

‘No-one has more experience and knowledge of the biosimilars industry than Naomi Pearce. She is skilled and highly motivated.’

Key clients

Juno Pharmaceuticals

Natco Pharmaceuticals

Burchgrove and Luxotico

1200 Pharma LLC

2A Pharma AB


Annexon Inc.

Atara Biotherapeutics

Atomic Oncology

Biogen Inc

California Institute of Technology

Calithera Biosciences Inc


CRISPR Therapeutics

Demeter Fertility

Fable Holdings



Intellia Therapeutics

Intocell Inc.



Legochem Biosciences

Loam Bio Pty Ltd

NaNotics LLC


Novo Nordisk


Perfect Day, Inc

Pulse Pharmaceuticals

SHL Medical

Sigalon Therapeutics

Sapience Therapeutics

The Regents of the University of California

Yes Hair

Zealand Pharma

Work highlights

  • Acted for Californian FoodTech company Perfect Day, Inc. in its appeal to the Federal Court of Australia of a decision by the Australian Patent Office (APO).
  • Acting for SHL in a Patent Opposition regarding an autoinjector device used for parenteral drug delivery.
  • Represented Cipla Australia Pty Limited in the Federal Court of Australia for the revocation of two Australian patents owned by Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH relating to rivaroxaban (VID124/2023).

Wrays Lawyers

Well-established in the pharmaceutical industry, Wrays Lawyers is active in work at the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. Gary Cox in Perth is experienced in intellectual property litigation, while Jennifer McEwan in Melbourne leads the firm’s trade mark practice. Based in Sydney, Judith Miller is focused on the research and development sector and advises clients on the exploitation, management and protection of their rights in old and new media.

Practice head(s):

Gary Cox; Jennifer McEwan; Judith Miller

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Goatcher; Natalie Shoolman; Andrew Mullane


‘They are experts in the field.’

‘Knowledgeable and thorough.’

‘They have long and strong client relationships and know their matters back to front.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc

Lupin Inc (Generic Health)

MMD Design and Consultancy Ltd and MMD Australia Pty Ltd


Eli Lilly & Company

Chiesi Pharmaceutici S.p.A.

Jurlique International Pty Ltd


TCT Group Pty Ltd

Kangatech Pty Ltd

Jusand Nominees Pty Ltd

Cash Converters Pty Ltd

Lion Pty Ltd

Bunnings Group Ltd

La Z- Boy Incorporated

Oat Baby Pty Ltd

Australian Made Campaign Limited

HBF Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Amgen in the defence of its Australian PCSK9 antibody patent portfolio used for the treatment of high cholesterol.
  • Successfully represented the TCT Group Pty Ltd in a proactive patent revocation action against a patentee, Polaris IP Pty Ltd.
  • Asssisted Xero in portflio management.