Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

KHQ Lawyers has a cross-disciplinary practice which assists clients in all of the key aspects of IP, including commercial advice, licensing, transactional, regulatory, and litigious work. It is led by Melbourne-based David Robbins.

Intellectual property in Australia


Allens‘ group is particularly prolific in the life sciences sector, acting for major global healthcare players in patent infringement and revocation proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia. The group also regularly manages trade mark portfolios for blue-chip clients from a myriad of sectors. Caroline Ryan, who joined the firm’s sizeable Melbourne IP team from King & Wood Mallesons in July 2021, is praised for being ‘highly skilled in IP, and responsive and practical in her advice.’ Sydney-based practice head Miriam Stiel is a key port of call for clients seeking strategic brand protection and advertising advice. Melbourne-based Richard Hamer is ‘well known for his expertise in the patents field’, specialising most keenly in pharmaceutical sector patent litigation. Other key names to note include the Melbourne-based managing associate Nadia Diaz, who has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and franchising matters. Elsewhere, Tim Golder has a strong litigious practice within intellectual property and Andrew Wiseman is active in the life sciences sector, emblematic of the group as a whole.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Stiel

Other key lawyers:

Robert Munro; Caroline Ryan; Richard Hamer; Andrew Wiseman; Emma Gorrie; Tim Golder; Nadia Diaz; Rob Vienet


‘We chose Allens for a major IP project due to the reputation of Miriam Stiel and her team, the size of the Allens IP practice, and the ability to resource the team adequately to meet our very tight timeframes. We have been very impressed with the quality of advice, creative thought and ability to meet deadlines.’

‘Attention to detail, clarity of information, follow up, consistency. Andrew Wiseman has been excellent.’

‘This practice is highly competent and works well as a team.’

Key clients

Airbnb Inc

Anheuser-Busch (AB InBev)

Australian News Channel (ANC)

Bunuba Cultural Conservation Institute


Co-operative for Aborigines

Cytec Industries (Cytec)

Football Australia

Ford Motor Company of Australia

Infosys Technologies Limited

National Rugby League

News Corporation

Next Level Elevators

Organon Pharma

Pro-Pac Packaging (Aust)

Pty Limited (Pro-Pac)

Redbubble Limited

Schneider Electric

Sony Music Publishing

Stratus Medical LLC

The NOCO Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Airbnb in Australia and New Zealand with respect to all aspects of trade mark portfolio management, branding strategy, marketing and IP enforcement, including Australian Consumer Law matters.


Working across offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the multi-jurisdictional practice at Ashurst is lauded by clients for offering a ‘depth of expertise within the team, and displaying good collaboration with other practice areas to provide seamless service.’ Its dedicated IP team ‘has an excellent reputation across the breadth and depth of intellectual property’, able to handle the full gamut of advisory, commercial, portfolio protection and IP enforcement issues. Group head Anita Cade has a broad IP practice which spans contentious and non-contentious matters, with recent engagements seeing her advising consumer goods multinationals on trade mark infringement proceedings brought by heavyweight conglomerates. Lisa Ritson also frequently handles litigation proceedings, appearing in trade mark oppositions, as well as contentious marketing and consumer protection matters. Stuart D’Aloisio concentrates on property litigation and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Anita Cade

Other key lawyers:

Kellech Smith; Nina Fitzgerald, Joanna Lawrence, Lisa Ritson


‘Highly responsive and demonstrates great client alignment. Takes the time to understand our strategic drivers.’

‘Anita Cade makes you feel like you’re her only client and remains highly engaged in strategic matters.’

‘Good access to partner; depth of expertise within the team, and good collaboration with other practice areas to provide a seamless service’

Key clients

AGL Energy

AIA Australia

AliBaba Group

Ant Group

ANZ Bank


auDA (Australian Domain Name Authority)

Australia Post

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Baby Bunting

BHP Group

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Bubs Australia

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Burger King Corporation

Cathay Pacific Airways

Candy Digital


Commercial Radio Australia



Work highlights

  • Acted for Combe in its successful opposition to the registration of the trade mark VAGISAN by Dr. August Wolff in Australia.
  • Acting for Pharmacor in proceedings against Biogen before the Federal Court of Australia relating to Pharmacor’s generic pharmaceutical dimethyl fumarate products.
  • Acting for Henkel in proceedings brought by Reckitt Benckiser relating to Henkel’s launch of its Somat dishwashing products in the Australian market.

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie handles a range of contentious IP matters, from copyright litigation to high-profile trade mark and large-scale patent proceedings – a particular area of strength for Helen Macpherson. The team is led by Andrew Stewart, an ‘excellent strategic thinker’ who regularly advises clients on audio and visual streaming copyright mandates. Elisabeth White is also active in contentious proceedings, focusing chiefly on IP protection and enforcement matters. Byron Angelopulo, who spearheads the firm’s Australian trade mark offering, is a prolific advisor in commercial and transactional IP work. Chantal Savage is also a key name to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth White; Jonathan Flintoft; Helen Mcpherson; Byron Angelopulo; Victoria Bell, Chantal Savage


‘The team at Baker McKenzie is very competent. They are capable of handling any size and type of matter, and they are very easy to work with.’

‘The partners are sensible and competent. Elisabeth White is very measured and pragmatic. Andrew Stewart is an excellent strategic thinker.’

‘Very detail-oriented and responsive to clients.’

Key clients




F45 Training Inc


In-N-Out Burger

LONGi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd

Mars Incorporated

Meltwater Holding B V

Motion Picture Association of America

Yum! Brands

Work highlights

  • Represented Network Ten All Access Pty Limited who were seeking to have the Copyright Tribunal to determine a fair licence scheme following APRA AMCOS’ proposal of a new industry licence.
  • Represented F45 Training in Federal Court proceedings.
  • Assisting Afterpay with the global rollout of its main and subsidiary brands.

Clayton Utz

Operating across a number of offices nationwide, the team at Clayton Utz regularly advises on a significant volume of both contentious and non-contentious work, including patents, licensing, copyright, trade marks, trade secrets, and litigious proceedings taken before the federal courts. Sydney-based practice head John Collins is a seasoned practitioner who specialises in complex patent and trade mark issues, both domestically and internationally. Regarded by clients as ‘one of Australia’s top IP litigators’, Tim Webb is especially noted for his expertise in copyright law. All named lawyers are based in Sydney. James Neil was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Collins

Other key lawyers:

Dean Gerakiteys; James Neil; Tim Webb; Brett Doyle; Chris McLeod


‘The team at Clayton Utz can certainly handle a large volume of work, and are very responsive whenever we need assistance. Despite this, the team provides a highly specialised and bespoke service. They are very creative and strategic.’

‘James Neil is excellent to work with, and knows our business and brands as well as anybody. His commercial acumen has resulted in en pointe strategic business decisions for our business.’

‘Tim Webb has deep knowledge of the law combined with a very practical and commercial application of it. He is responsive and realistic as to outcomes which ultimately is a driver of success.’

Key clients

Novartis Group, including its generic drug subsidiary Sandoz

Monsanto (Bayer)

Singtel Optus Group

Seven Network

adidas Australia Pty Ltd

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd

Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd

Sonic Healthcare

Isentia Group Limited

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

Accent Group Limited

Openpay Group Limited

AgBoss Group Pty Ltd

Sou’West Brewery

Universal Biosensors

The Entourage Education Group

PDP Fine Foods Pty Ltd & PDP Capital Pty Ltd

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (Commonwealth)


Work highlights

  • Acting 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 Gilenya (fingolimod).
  • Acting for Isentia, the largest media monitoring organisation (MMO) in the Asia-Pacific, in Copyright Tribunal of Australia and Federal Court of Australia proceedings with respect to the licence terms offered by Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL), the copyright collecting society for press and online media articles.
  • Acted for Toyota against well over 150 parties which have been misusing Toyota’s trade marks (and often also copyright works).

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Fielding a sizeable team working across sites in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, the group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is especially reputed for its prolificity in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, representing a host of companies with formidable market shares. David Fixler and Grant Fisher  are regarded by clients as ‘exceptional lawyers‘ within the worlds of healthcare and life sciences, while Eugenia Kolivos, who took over leadership of the team in early 2022, is a ‘fantastic IP and commercial lawyer’, equally noted for her capabilities in the sector.  Stephen Stern is a key port of call for clients seeking assistance on trade mark issues, regularly representing luxury brands in counterfeit matters. Odette Gourley is noted for her considerable track record in patent, copyright, and trade mark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eugenia Kolivos

Other key lawyers:

David Fixler; Grant Fisher; Stephen Stern; Odette Gourley


‘The Corrs team, especially Stephen Sterns, has a overall great reputation of being excellent in IP. We had a large litigation that was quite complex and the team was able to provide strategically, and efficient, advice during the litigation.’

‘David Fixler is good. Has a good understanding of the overall area relative to our work’

‘A strong team of talented IP practitioners who dig deep to understand the problem to find the solution.’

‘Eugenia Kolivos is a fantastic IP and commercial lawyer who provides sector specific advice.

‘David Fixler and Grant Fisher are exceptional lawyers who specialise in the life sciences & healthcare sector.’

‘Corrs is a large high quality all service law firm which adds strength to their IP practice. Within their IP practice they have many leading individuals which gives them collective strength and experience.’

Key clients

AB InBev





Katy Perry



Merck Sharp & Dohme

University of Melbourne


CIVC Re Champagne

Work highlights

    Gilbert + Tobin

    Praised for its ‘great innate knowledge of IP litigation‘, Gilbert + Tobin‘s strong contentious acumen sees the team running multiple cases in the High Court of Australia, often concurrently. Beyond its proficiency in disputes, the team possesses wide-ranging expertise in commercial IP licensing and regulatory compliance, including knowledge of food labelling, and health and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulation. The practice is headed up by the Sydney-based Michael Williams, who boasts ‘strong capabilities across the board‘ when it comes to trade mark, copyright, and patent matters. Williams is well-supported by Chris Williams, a key figure within the patent litigation specialist. Siabon Seet is particularly prolific when it comes to brand protection and complex trade mark litigation work, and John Lee specialises in cross-border patent litigation. At associate level, Rebecca Dunn‘s workload is concentrated in technology and data protection disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris Williams; Siabon Seet; John Lee; Rebecca Dunn


    ‘Great innate knowledge of IP litigation and strong capability across the board. Excellent technical skills.’

    ‘Chris Williams is an talented partner who balances commercial outcomes with the best advocacy possible when managing formal claims. Provides great insight into possible risk outcomes which gives you confidence in your ability to progress with matters.’

    ‘They care about fully understanding the clients position and understanding how to make the case a success for the client. Thorough with their investigations and evidence. Professional and mature mindset.’

    Key clients

    Aristocrat Technologies

    State Street Global Advisors

    REC Solar

    BCI Media Group

    Imdex Limited

    Self Care Corporation

    Quadrant Private Equity

    NSW Government

    Luigi Lavazza S.p.A

    CPC Patent Technologies

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Aristocrat Technologies in Australia’s highest court in the case of Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v. Commissioner of Patents.
    • Advised self care IP Holdings Pty Ltd on its successful Special Leave Application to the High Court to challenge a judgment finding it had infringed Botox manufacturer’s Allergan’s trade mark by promoting its topical creams as Botox alternatives.
    • Advising CPC Patent Technologies in the Federal Court of Australia in a patent infringement action against Apple over biometric technology used in iPhones and iPads.

    Herbert Smith Freehills

    With a significant presence in both Melbourne and Sydney, the cross-disciplinary group at Herbert Smith Freehills fields dedicated IP disputes, commercial IP, and trade mark-focused teams. The wider practice is headed up by Sue Gilchrist, a Sydney-based partner noted for her capabilities in high-profile patent, copyright, and trade mark litigation. Other key names to note include the Melbourne-based Shaun McVicar, who specialises in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, and the Sydney-based Rebekah Gay – global IP disputes co-chair – who handles a range of multi-jurisdictional patent litigations. Sydney-based senior associate Anna Vandervliet routinely advises on cross-border disputes, counting a number of FMCG clients among her broad client base, and Emma Iles focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device patent litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Sue Gilchrist

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Key clients

    Motorola Solutions Inc

    Gilead Inc




    Goodman Fielder

    Millennium Pharmaceuticals

    Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Seven West Media Limited

    Work highlights

      King & Wood Mallesons

      Praised by clients for displaying ‘a deep and broad experience in licensing IP’, King & Wood Mallesons specialises in high-stakes litigation, brand protection, and strategic IP commercial advice. Litigation expert Matthew Swinn heads up the team from the firm’s Melbourne office, working with various high-profile manufacturing companies – including medical device manufacturers – on a range of matters. The Melbourne office was bolstered by the arrival of Kate Hay from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in March 2022; a seasoned lawyer who possesses significant experience in multi-jurisdictional patent, copyright, and trade mark litigation. Elsewhere, Kim O’Connell is well known for her work in the life sciences sector. At the associate level, Brisbane-based senior associate Karen Litherland‘s ‘combination of common sense advice and great attention to detail’ makes her a key contact for various global banks and multinational tech companies.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Swinn

      Other key lawyers:

      Karen Litherland; Kate Hay; Cate Nagy; Scott Bouvier; Kim O’Connell; Bill Ladas; Suzy Madar


      ‘Deep and broad experience in licensing IP. Commercially astute. Legal advice placed in context of business type and sector. Strong ability to find the right legal template to meet the commercial objective.’

      ‘Good combination of partner experience and associate attention to detail. Karen Litherland is an invaluable resource to our business – the combination of common sense advice and great attention to detail is highly valued.’

      ‘They are true experts; their technical ability is second to none. They are very responsive and always pleasant to deal with.’

      Key clients

      Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited


      Energy Beverages LLC

      Instagram, LLC

      QAD Australia Pty Limited (QAD)

      Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd

      Monash University


      MSA 4×4 Accessories

      REA Group

      Zip Co Limited and Zip money Payments Pty Ltd (collectively, Zip)

      Body Fit Training

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Instagram, LLC in trade mark proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia
      • Advised Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC) on the sale of complex intellectual property rights and specialised equipment relating to certain quantum computing hardware to a new UNSW Sydney spin-out company.
      • Acting for REA in a copyright dispute in relation to use of photographs on various online platforms

      DLA Piper

      DLA Piper regularly represents some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies in a slew of contentious and non-contentious matters. Nicholas Tyacke in Sydney and Robynne Sanders in Melbourne jointly head up the ‘commercial, pragmatic’ group. Sanders, who is praised for his ‘great attention to detail', focuses chiefly on patent litigation for clients in the medical devices, engineering, and IT sectors, while Tyacke - life sciences IP and regulatory practice head - is a leading patent and IP litigator who regularly acts for large pharmaceutical companies.  The pair is ably supported by the Sydney-based Jessie Buchan, noted for her expertise in soft IP issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Nicholas Tyacke; Robynne Sanders

      Other key lawyers:

      Rob McMaster


      ‘Technical legal knowledge very strong. Very commercial, pragmatic with lots of common sense.’

      ‘Robynne Sanders and Rob McMaster are stand-outs. Very hard workers, great attention to detail.’

      ‘Very capable, careful, close attention to detail.’

      ‘Nicholas Tyacke is a careful, knowledgeable litigator with close attention to detail and a sound knowledge of the law.’

      Key clients

      Pfizer and its affiliates

      Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd



      Murray Engineering Pty Ltd



      Intercontinental Exchange

      AirTrunk Singapore Holding Pte Ltd

      Guzman y Gomez

      ResMed Pty Ltd

      Boss Fire Pty Ltd

      UON Pty Ltd and LAA Industries Pty Ltd

      Global Retail Brands Australia Pty Ltd

      LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)


      Work highlights

      • Acting for Pfizer in a series of patent litigation cases, in relation to its small molecule (pharmaceutical) and large molecule (biological) medicines.
      • Acting for these mining sector clients in the defence of patent revocation proceedings.
      • Advising Guzman y Gomez on its global trade mark portfolio, including advising on branding clearance, prosecution and oppositions, and providing strategic branding advice.

      Griffith Hack

      Working across offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the team at Griffith Hack is praised for the depth of its ‘understanding of patent law and practice in Australia’, as well as the ‘cohesive, balanced‘ nature of its subspecialised team structure. Key names to note at practice management level include Nicola Scheepers, who oversees the trade mark team; Amanda Stark, who spearheads the chemlife offering; Derek Baigent, who steers the team’s IP law efforts; and David Hughes, who oversees the Engineering and ICT team. Bagient is particularly renowned for his contentious expertise, especially in relation to technology-focused IP issues, including patent litigation and commercialisation.

      Practice head(s):

      Nicola Scheepers; Amanda Stark; David Hughes; Derek Baigent

      Other key lawyers:

      Janelle Borham


      ‘Cohesive, balanced, diverse, and client centric team. The team understands our business well, and presents their work in a manner that reduces friction in our business.’

      ‘Very bespoke management of our IP portfolio and related matters. I always feel like we matter as a client.’

      ‘Careful and attentive. Always on top of our matters and have a deep understanding of the underlying technology.’

      Key clients

      Allergan Inc and Allergan Australia Pty Ltd


      CSR Building Products Ltd

      Sony Interactive Entertainment (“Sony”)

      ArmourWall Group

      Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd

      Puma SE

      University of Melbourne

      University of Sydney

      Macquarie University

      Kymab Limited

      Battery World Australia Pty Ltd

      Security Communication Solutions International Pty Ltd

      Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd

      Bostik Asahi

      Beverages Kinrise Group

      Pact Group

      IWI Ltd

      Illion Australia

      Seasol International Pty Ltd

      Deswik Mining Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd

      Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

      Toptyres Australia Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Allergan in the Federal Court in relation to an application to remove a defensive registration.
      • Representing Elanco in an appeal to the Federal Court of Australia from patent opposition proceedings brought by Abbey Laboratories Pty Ltd before the Australian Patent Office.
      • Defended Cytec Industries in a patent application against all grounds of opposition filed by CSIRO.

      K&L Gates

      Praised for its ‘knowledgeable and approachable‘ practitioners, K&L Gates fields an international IP offering – encompassing portfolio management, trade mark prosecution, and patent litigation – covering a range of sectors, from fashion and sport to property and construction. Trade mark matters are a key area of expertise for group practice head Jonathan Feder, who also serves as the firm’s global IP co-chair. Patrick Sands‘ practice is centred on IP litigation, while special counsel Gregory Pieris is a go-to name for contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design, copyright, and trade practice matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathan Feder

      Other key lawyers:

      Chris Round; Patrick Sands


      ‘Great team, good knowledge, and approachable.’


      Key clients

      A2B Australia

      Australian Football League (AFL)

      Britax Child Safety

      Cricket Australia

      Deckers Outdoor Corporation

      Directed Electronics Australia Pty Ltd

      Dreamstreet Lending

      Factory X Pty Ltd

      Jellycat Ltd

      Simavita /Smartz

      Sleeping Duck Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Deckers Outdoor Corporation in opposing trade mark applications, preparing its evidence in support of oppositions and prosecuting opposition proceedings through to hearing.
      • Advised various sporting clients in Australia and globally in relation to prosecution of trade marks.
      • Advising and acting for Factory X in relation to an Australian trade mark opposition against KOGAN, an online shopping business.

      Minter Ellison

      Fielding various seasoned experts across its offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, the team at Minter Ellison – noted for the depth of its media sector expertise – advises a diverse array of clients on commercial transactions, patent enforcement, designs, and copyright issues, among other matters. This ‘great depth of experience and insight‘ is especially concentrated in patent litigation, where practice head Robert Cooper is a key port of call. Other key names to note include Shyama Jayaswal, who ‘knows the pharmaceutical industry back to front and brings a keen understanding of science’, and John Fairbairn, who regularly works on copyright, patent and trade mark disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Cooper

      Other key lawyers:

      Nigel Lokan; Simone Mitchell; Shyama Jayaswal; Gus Lightowlers; John Fairbairn


      ‘The intellectual property team at Minter Ellison in Melbourne has a great depth of experience and insight into their clients’ businesses/industries and the law. From a litigation perspective, they play hard but with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients (not just for the sake of it).’

      ‘Gus Lightowlers is a new partner/patent attorney of the firm and is excellent at client communication. A very clever operator. Robert Cooper, is an excellent team leader with an incredible depth of experience. Shyama Jayaswal knows the pharmaceutical industry back to front and brings a keen understanding of the science to every matter she is involved in.’

      ‘Simone Mitchell is extremely knowledgeable and very commercial in terms of IP matters. Very responsive and provides clear and comprehensive advice.’

      ‘Highly competent in all things patents, from patent application prosecution to handling patent oppositions.’

      ‘Nigel Lokan and Simone Mitchell are really good at what they do.’

      Key clients


      Copyright Agency

      Endeavour Group


      Giorgio Armani

      Stan Entertainment

      Thales Australia


      ESCO Corporation


      PPG Industries

      PPG Industries

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Stan Entertainment in proceedings commenced by copyright collecting society APRA | AMCOS, who is seeking to re-set terms on which subscription video on demand services can exercise the copyright in music included in their programming.
      • Representing Thales Australia in Court of Appeal proceedings against rival contractor Nioa, in relation to a breach of confidence claim concerning technology used in the Austeyr assault rifle.
      • Advised Sandoz in relation to its Australian launch plans for numerous new products in a range of therapeutic areas.

      Norton Rose Fulbright

      The ‘strong, competent team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘genuine trade mark expertise,’ handling a mix of enforcement, protection, portfolio management, and transactional matters, both regionally and internationally. Practice head Cameron Harvey specialises in contentious matters, advising on litigious proceedings before the federal court. The ‘very responsive and hands-onGeorgina Hey assists clients with all aspects of brand and IP asset management, including managing the global brand portfolios for large companies. Frances Drummond leads the global IP team, practicing across all aspects of trade mark law including portfolio management, enforcement, litigation and exploitation. Senior associate Alyson Poole specialises in intellectual property protection, enforcement and commercialisation. All named lawyers are based in the firm’s Sydney office.

      Practice head(s):

      Cameron Harvey

      Other key lawyers:

      Georgina Hey; Alyson Poole; Isobel Taylor; Frances Drummond


      ‘Norton Rose Fulbright is professional in all aspects of intellectual property. Their team communicates with us in a timely and cost-efficient way.’

      ‘Georgina Hey, Alyson Poole and Isobel Taylor are very responsive and hands-on, and they are very easy to work with.’

      ‘The Norton Rose Fulbright Australia IP team are a leading practice group in this area. They have a depth of skill and knowledge’

      ‘This team has genuine trade mark expertise which is why I have not moved to other IP practices for trade mark work.’

      ‘The team are a leading practice group in this area. They have a depth of skill and knowledge, approaching matters with legal insight and analysis while simultaneously maintaining focus on the commercial outcomes and possible solutions to address client needs.’

      ‘The lawyers who manage our IP matters are a strong, competent team who offer pragmatic, commercial advice tailored to the needs of our business, which they are very familiar with.’

      ‘Georgina Hey is a pleasure to work with – smart, down to earth and responsive. She is our go-to trade mark lawyer. Cameron Harvey has, in recent years, been trusted with significant trade mark litigation for our business.’

      ‘Norton Rose’s IP team is very responsive and business focused, offering practical and useful solutions.’

      Key clients

      7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd

      Accolade Wines Australia Limited

      Australasian Food Group Pty Ltd

      Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

      Australian Postal Corporation

      Bellerine Heights Pty Ltd

      BIC Contracting LLC

      Bonza Aviation

      Brookfield Global Manager Australia Pty

      Chang Tsi & Partners

      Cliffs Asia Pacific

      Iron Ore Pty Ltd

      ESR Goodman

      Fielder Pte. Ltd.

      Mazda Australia Pty. Limited

      McDonalds Australia Limited

      McDonald’s Australia Limited

      Milkadamia International Holdings Pty Ltd

      Nando’s Australia Pty Ltd

      Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Advising Goodman Fielder on its global trade mark and design portfolio management services since 2016.
      • Advising ESR on its acquisition of Blackstone’s Australian logistics portfolio for AUD 3.8 billion.
      • Advised PATRIZIA AG (PATRIZIA) on its acquisition of infrastructure investment manager Whitehelm Capital.


      The group at Addisons has a strong focus on trade marks. The team is jointly spearheaded by Donna Short and Karen Anne Hayne, who both advise on commercial IP issues and trade mark matters for a diverse roster of high-profile global companies. Justine Munsie is praised for her ‘prompt and accurate advice’ as well as for her ‘depth of understanding of the media sector and newsrooms.’ At associate level, significant recent additions include IP lawyer Shimona Rastogi. Senior associate Bianca D’Angelo, meanwhile, offers litigious and strategic advice on trade mark, copyright and design issues. All named lawyers are based in Sydney. Since publication, James Lawrence joined from Mills Oakley.

      Practice head(s):

      Donna Short; Karen Anne Hayne

      Other key lawyers:

      Justine Munsie; Bianca D’Angelo; Shimona Rastogi


      ‘Addisons provide an exemplary service.’

      ‘Justine Munsie is valued for prompt and accurate advice and for her depth of understanding of the media sector and newsrooms.’

      ‘The people are easy to deal with and interpret the law in common sense terms for business owners, with realistic outcomes.’

      ‘Great advice that is relevant to running a business, Donna Short in particular has a wealth of knowledge on IP and negotiation tactics. Timely communications and follow-ups has also been spot on.’

      Key clients

      Australian Ethical Investment Ltd

      Schroders plc

      Taylor Made Golf Company Inc.

      Virgin Enterprises Limited

      Fin Control Systems Pty Ltd

      Industrie Clothing Pty Ltd

      The Beauty Chef Pty Ltd

      Aveo Group

      OFX Group Limited

      Australian Ethical Investment Ltd

      ClearView Wealth Limited

      Bega Cheese Limited

      MoneyMe Financial Group Pty Ltd

      The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (and related companies)

      Formula One Group

      Police Bank Ltd

      Playboy Enterprises International , Inc

      San Miguel Brewing International

      Monash IVF Group

      Temple & Webster

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Hungry Jack’s Pty Limited in Federal Court of Australia proceedings commenced by McDonald’s.
      • Assisting Australian Ethical Investment Ltd with achieving acceptance of its valuable brand AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL SUPER following submission of extensive evidence showing use of the trade mark for over 10 years in Australia.
      • Advising Virgin Group on a range of intellectual property matters in Australian including managing its extensive Australian trade mark portfolio, as well as pursuing trade mark infringement matters on behalf of the client.

      Banki Haddock Fiora

      Copyright and patent litigation are key areas of expertise for the Sydney-based Banki Haddock Fiora; a boutique commercial firm which handles a gamut of litigious and transactional work in the IP space. Regarded by some clients as a practice that ‘understands music copyright better than any other firm in Australia‘, the team is particularly skilled at acting for music, literary and media publishers in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The cross-disciplinary practice is jointly chaired by several partners: Kate Haddock leads the copyright team; Julie Robb heads up the dispute resolution practice; and Simon Kneebone, who heads up the trade marks and designs group, is praised by clients for his ‘clear experience in the consumer products and brand protection space.’ At the senior associate level, experienced IP litigator Alasdair Doctor is recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Kate Haddock; Julie Robb; Simon Kneebone

      Other key lawyers:

      Alasdair Doctor; Vina Ngo; Kate Andean; Alison McGinn


      ‘I believe Banki Haddock Fiora understands music copyright better than any other firm in Australia.’

      ‘Kate Haddock is in my opinion the best copyright lawyer in Australia. Alasdair Doctor is always available, extremely efficient, and strategic.’

      ‘We have been really impressed by everyone we have come across at Banki Haddock Fiora in terms of professional calibre and the commercial advice given, but what also stands out is how the lawyers work together collaboratively as a team.’

      Key clients


      Copyright Agency Limited

      Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Ltd

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation

      Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.

      Penguin Random House UK

      Are Media Pty Ltd

      Sperling Enterprises Pty Ltd

      Australian Community Media

      Smartair Diffusion Pty Ltd and Fusion HVAC Pty Ltd

      Pfizer, Inc.

      Hanesbrands, Inc.

      Costco Wholesale Corporation

      Key-Sun Laboratories Pty Ltd

      New Shanghai

      Urban Purveyor Group

      ATH (Australia) Pty Ltd

      Ainsworth Game Technology Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for APRA AMCOS in proceedings in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia to determine a licence scheme for subscription video on demand services.
      • Acting for Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. in the Federal Court appeal by A2 Milk Company Ltd against its unsuccessful opposition to Nestlé’s trade mark application for NAN A2.
      • Acting for Copyright Agency Limited in proceedings in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia against the bodies representing all Australian primary and secondary schools to determine appropriate methods to ascertain the extent of use of copyright materials in those institutions.

      Bird & Bird

      Practitioners at the Sydney-based Bird & Bird are praised for their ‘good knowledge on contentious and non-contentious IP issues’ as well as their ‘experience with a variety of clients.’ The group is able to draw on its close collaborative ties with a wider international network of offices to advise on complex cross-border matters, including concurrent patent infringement proceedings which have been filed both domestically and internationally. The team is headed up by Jane Owen, a specialist in IP strategy and disputes work. Lynne Lewis is particularly focused on retail and consumer issues within IP.

      Practice head(s):

      Jane Owen

      Other key lawyers:

      Sophie Dawson; Lynne Lewis


      ‘Good knowledge on contentious and non-contentious IP issues and experience with a variety of clients. Pragmatic and commercial.’

      ‘Sophie Dawson is a pleasure to deal with. Efficient and knowledgeable.’

      Key clients

      Boart Longyear Group of companies Limited

      Uniden Australia Pty Limited

      Rakman Pty Ltd & Trafalgar Pty Ltd

      Howden Group

      Abbey Laboratories ats Elanco

      Troy Laboratories

      Lupin Pharmaceuticals

      Mahindra & Mahindra

      Mattel (and its related entities)

      Wisetech Global Limited

      Internet Services Australia 1 Pty Ltd trading as THE ICONIC

      Align Technology, Inc

      Elixinol Global Limited

      The Wonderful Company

      Airtasker Pty Ltd

      First Pharma Pty Ltd

      Noumi Limited (previously Freedom Foods Group)

      Caffitaly SpA

      Target Brands Inc

      KPMG Australia IP Holdings Pty Ltd

      HelloFresh SE

      GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd

      Wontok Australia Pty Ltd /Wontok International

      Body Fit Training Company Pty Ltd


      Zagro Veterinary

      Epic Games, Inc

      Take-Two Interactive Software Inc; RockStar Games, Inc

      The Capital Group Companies

      Qatar Airways Group (Q.C.S.C.)

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Boart Longyear Limited in 2 patent infringement/revocation claims in the Federal Court.
      • Successfully obtaining orders and relief for copyright infringement for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc; RockStar Games Inc in proceedings concerning unauthorised mods written for the Grand Theft Auto V game.
      • Bringing successful patent and design infringement proceedings in the Federal Court on behalf of our client, HyperIce Inc, relating to its sports massage gun.

      Gadens Lawyers

      Sought out by a range of clients - from start ups to key domestic entities and multinational companies - Gadens Lawyers is noted for its 'comprehensive' IP filing, opposition, and litigation practice. Practice head David Smith, whose mandates are often centred around the sales and marketing aspects of intellectual property, is notably supported by Kerry Awerbuch, a strong trade mark litigator who assists high-profile clients in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, and retail industries, among others. All named lawyers are based in Melbourne. Hazel McDwyer has left the practice.

      Practice head(s):

      David Smith

      Other key lawyers:

      Savannah Hardingham; Dudley Kneller; Kerry Awerbuch; Glenn McGowan


      ‘The trade mark team has strengthened substantially over the past 5-10 years. Gaden offers a comprehensive IP filing, opposition, and litigation practice.’ 

      The team at Gadens acts for many well-known and iconic Australian brands, in high-profile litigation and opposition proceedings. The client base of Gadens includes some large brand owners who are regularly involved in IP disputes. As a result, the team has developed deep expertise in assisting their clients to protect and enforce their IP rights, and to agilely and tactically respond to infringement proceedings.’

      ‘Kerry Awerbuch is an experienced trade mark litigator (as well as acting across the full spectrum of IP disputes). She has acted (and continues to act) for numerous high-profile clients.’

      Key clients

      3P Learning Limited

      Alauda Aeronautics Pty Ltd

      Baiada Pty Ltd

      Adairs Retail Group Pty Ltd

      Blackberry Limited

      Citadel Limited

      Cotton On Group

      Elite Eleven Sporting Pty Ltd

      Esse Studios Pty Ltd

      Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd

      Grace Loves Lace Pty Ltd

      Healius Ltd

      Kennards Hire Pty Ltd

      Lark Distillery Pty Ltd

      Mister Zimi Pty Ltd

      Motion Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

      PopSockets LLC

      Prene Bags Pty Ltd

      Rebecca Vallance Pty Ltd

      Sleeping Duck Pty Ltd

      Strateas.Carlucci Pty Ltd

      Thankyou Group Pty Ltd

      The Citadel Group Limited

      Unyoked Pty Ltd

      Vida Glow Pty Ltd

      Warwick Fabrics (Australia) Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Chuchka in successfully defending a Full Federal Court appeal brought by State of Escape in VID 37 of 2021, appealing the first instance decision in VID 521/2018.
      • Acting for Cotton On Group in Federal Court of Australia proceeding VID 664/2021, which concerned Cotton On’s allegations of groundless threats of copyright infringement, groundless threats of trade mark infringement, a trade mark revocation action and a trade mark non-use action.
      • Acting for Motion Asia Pacific, a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial engineering products for the Asia Pacific, in complex trade mark oppositions as well as in trade mark prosecution and IP advice matters.

      Jones Day

      Working as part of the firm's integrated global offering, Jones Day's specialist IP team is reputed by clients for its proficiency in biopharmaceutical patent litigation, as well as for its wider non-contentious capabilities in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors. Melbourne-based practice head Lisa Taliadoros' expertise in these areas is complemented by her knowledge of pharmaceutical matters. The Sydney-based Anthony Muratore is a 'very experienced patent litigator' who regularly handles cross-border, often multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. Richard Hoad joined the group in Melbourne from Clayton Utz in October 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Lisa Taliadoros

      Other key lawyers:

      Anthony Muratore; Samin Raihan; Richard Hoad


      ‘The Jones Day team is very active in biopharma patent litigation, knows the law well, and is up to speed on the latest legal developments. They are fierce advocates.’

      ‘Lisa Taliadoros and Anthony Muratore are very experienced patent litigators and fine advocates.’

      ‘Experienced practitioners in both the art of litigation and the science underlying many patent disputes. Exceptionally skilled at working with experts.’

      ‘Lisa Taliadoros has excellent scientific knowledge, particularly biotechnology. Anthony Muratore is a shrewd and canny litigator and has a great knowledge of patent law’

      ‘The Jones Day patent litigation team are highly specialised and have considerable technical expertise in the area. They provide excellent service to their clients.’

      ‘Lisa Taliadoros is an excellent lawyer and a highly proficient litigator who leaves no stone unturned. She is very experienced in conducting major patent litigation, particularly in the pharmaceutical patent space. Anthony Muratore as counsel/consultant has long-standing experience and expertise in the area.’

      ‘Exceptional team of unparalleled skill and expertise.’

      ‘Lisa Taliadoros and Anthony Muratore each have a very extensive knowledge of the law, deep strategic insights and great tactical skill and courage.’

      Key clients

      Chevron Corporation

      Celgene Corporation (a Bristol Myers Squibb company)

      Bristol Myers Squibb

      ToolGen, Inc


      Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Chevron Global Energy Inc. in its dispute against Ampol Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd in the Federal Court of Australia concerning iconic Chevron trade marks including Caltex, StarCard and associated indicia.
      • Acting for Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company, in a number of patent infringement and validity proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia and High Court of New Zealand (and globally) concerning patents to its products Revlimid® and Pomalyst®.
      • Acting for ToolGen, a leading Korea-based global biotechnology company in Federal Court proceedings concerning the validity of its patent rights to the revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technology.


      The team at Maddocks is led by Brendan Coady  who is also the technology sector lead. The group handles the protection and commercialisation of patents and related litigation together with a full service in relation to brand protection and monetisation. Its work covers sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical technology and chemical engineering industries. Ben Miller is a hugely experienced IP specialist (patent transactions and disputes) while Anthony Willis  and Caroline Atkins in Canberra, and  Jeff Goodall   are some of the key advisers who provide the full range of technical and commercial expertise.

      Practice head(s):

      Brendan Coady

      Other key lawyers:

      Ben Miller; Anthony Willis ; Caroline Atkins; Geff Goodall

      McCullough Robertson

      Providing ‘outstanding local advice for the Australian market‘, McCullough Robertson - based in Brisbane and Sydney - assists clients with portfolio management at all stages of the life cycle, as well as with trade mark prosecution and enforcement. The group is headed up by the ‘commercial, client-focusedBelinda Breakspear. Alex Hutchens is a seasoned commercial and regulatory lawyer with a keen focus on IP, IT, telecoms, and privacy data protection issues. On the contentious side, Peter Stokes, who regularly appears on behalf of clients in patent and trade mark disputes, is recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Belinda Breakspear

      Other key lawyers:

      Alex Hutchens; Peter Stokes


      ‘McCullough Robertson continues to provide outstanding local advice for the Australian market.’

      ‘Special mention must be made of Belinda Breakspear. She is highly commercial, client focused and consistently delivers ‘on time’ and ‘on point’ advice as well as being a pleasure to work with.’

      Key clients

      Flight Centre Travel Group Limited


      Russell Mineral Equipment Pty Ltd

      Une Piece Pty Ltd

      Beach 26 Pty Ltd (trading as Live Learn Survive)


      Work highlights

      • Advising a university in Australia on the IP ownership and related commercial agreements.
      • McCullough Robertson manages Flight Centre Travel Group Limited’s worldwide trade mark portfolio.
      • Acting for Beach 26 Pty Ltd (trading as Live Learn Survive) (Beach 26) ‘Lifeguard Maxi’ in IP protection, copyright protection issues and provided IP and commercial advice.

      Piper Alderman

      Entrusted by a wide-ranging client roster that spans public and private companies, government, research organisations, not-for-profits, and private individuals, Piper Alderman fields a ‘diverse IP team that is very knowledgeable in trade marks across various jurisdictions.’ The group is co-chaired by the ‘highly personable and responsive' Tim O’Callaghan, an Adelaide-based partner praised for bringing ‘a fresh perspective in the delivery of services in the brand protection space.’ In Melbourne, fellow co-chair Tim Clark is noted for his knowledge of the TMT, life sciences, and biotechnology sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Tim Clark, Tim O’Callaghan

      Other key lawyers:

      Jamin Li


      ‘Diverse IP team that is very knowledgeable in trade marks across various jurisdictions.’

      ‘Tim Clark and Jamin Li are very attentive and responsive to urgent needs. They have a unique ability to understand commercial drivers for a business and take a practical response to resolving issues.’

      ‘Highly adaptable to suit changing brand needs in terms of goods, territories, frequency of services, and division of activities between firm and in-house team.’

      ‘Tim O’Callaghan is highly personable and responsive. He brings a fresh perspective in delivery of services in the brand protection space.’

      ‘Clear, straight, fast and detailed advice.’

      ‘Brings together the best mix of skills, expertise and experience to address the needs of the client. Very professional in every aspect of their work, responsive and timeliness of delivery is a strength when compared to other companies. This practice attracts very talented people.’

      ‘Very accessible. Understand the importance of being commercial and acts in a timely way.’

      ‘Tim O’Callaghan is very experienced. He returns calls promptly and is commercial in his approach.’

      Key clients

      Airspeed Pty Ltd

      Blockchain Australia Ltd

      C.M.E. Blasting & Mining Equipment Ltd

      Peregrine Group

      REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd

      Suree Interfoods Co Ltd

      Tic Toc Online Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Represented Airspeed Pty Ltd, a prominent aerospace and maritime Defence SME, in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings, defending against allegations by a former business partner of detinue and breach of bailment of aircraft sensor technology.
      • Acting for CME Blasting & Mining Equipment Ltd in contentious Federal Court proceedings, prosecuting claims of patent infringement, inducement to breach contract, tort of conversion & detinue and misleading & deceptive conduct against a Western Australian based company and its director.
      • Represented Peregrine Group in disputes against those seeking to misappropriate its IP, trade mark monitoring and WIPO domain name disputes.

      Simpsons Solicitors

      Based in Sydney, Simpsons Solicitors is a specialist IP firm which ‘provides excellent advice that is both technical and strategic.’ The team regularly appears in high-profile trade mark and copyright cases, representing major multinational tech companies and streaming platforms in Copyright Tribunal proceedings regarding license schemes. The group is headed up by Adam Simpson, noted by clients for his ‘deep experience in IP and trade practices law’, together with media and entertainment sector experts Jules Munro and Mark Bamford.

      Practice head(s):

      Adam Simpson; Jules Munro; Mark Bamford

      Other key lawyers:

      Ian McDonald; Sebastian Tonkin


      ‘Adam Simpson and his team are highly responsive, pragmatic, and full of real-world commercial experience that gives their advice significant value.’

      ‘Adam Simpson has helped us navigate both litigation, and ways to avoid it, in a calm, practical and commonsense way that speaks of his deep experience in IP and trade practices law. He engenders a high degree of trust through his openness and honesty.’

      ‘Excellent knowledge of the creative industries, particularly the music sector.’

      Key clients

      Netflix, Inc

      Universal Music Publishing and Songs of Universal, Inc

      Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

      Kobalt Music Publishing

      Screen Australia

      The University of Melbourne

      Riot Games Inc

      The Wiggles

      Spiral Foods

      Hachette Publishing

      Palmanova Pty Ltd

      Allen & Unwin

      Pan Macmillan Australia

      Work highlights

      • Successfully represented Universal Music Publishing and Songs of Universal in a copyright infringement claim against Clive Palmer.
      • Successfully defended Maurice Blackburn Lawyers against all claims brought by US asset manager State Street Global Advisors in relation to its purchase and display of a replica of the Fearless Girl statue in Melbourne.
      • Representing Netflix Inc in Copyright Tribunal proceedings in relation to a licence scheme for the use of music in streaming services operating in Australia.

      Sparke Helmore Lawyers

      Sparke Helmore Lawyers' wide-ranging capabilities encompass IP protection, enforcement, and portfolio management, as well as IP commercialisation; the latter of which is a key specialism for Sydney-based practice co-chair and national IPT head Shannon Platt. Platt is also well-versed in IP litigation, with recent engagements seeing her acting for financial services entities in concurrent proceedings before the federal court. Fellow practice co-chair Dalvin Chien possesses significant experience advising on commercial issues related to technology transactions. All named lawyers are based 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.

      APT Advanced Polymer Technology (Sport Group)

      Australia’s Oyster Coast Pty Ltd

      Bentleys Australia Pty Ltd

      Civic Transport Services Pty Ltd

      CHVL Pty Limited t/as Bistro Guillaume

      Clarence Valley Anglican School Council Inc.

      Coal Services Ltd

      Community First Credit Union Ltd

      Council of the City of Shellharbour

      Craveable Brands (Red Rooster, Chicken Treat)

      Crocs, Inc

      Enviropacific Services Limited

      Earthlok Pty Ltd

      Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd

      Greencross Group (including Petbarn)

      Husqvarna Group

      Industrial Galvanizers Pty Ltd, “INGAL” (subsidiary of VALSPAR)

      Infosys Limited

      James Cumming & Sons Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Acting for CFCU, a large community-based credit union, against Bendigo & Adelaide Bank (Bendigo Bank) in two parallel Federal Court proceedings.
      • Assisted Husqvarna Aktiebolag with obtaining the registration of a number of its trade marks.
      • Successfully assisted Maggie Sottero Designs, LLC with obtaining the transfer of numerous bad faith domain name registrations incorporating its “MAGGIE SOTTERO” and “ABBEY BRIDAL” trade marks.

      Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers

      Bolstered by its November 2021 merger with Shelston IP, Spruson & Ferguson’s breadth and depth translates to a varied client base that comprises a diverse array of household names, ranging from consumer goods manufacturers to multinational fast food chains. Practice head Chris Bevitt leads the ‘strong’ team, which clients single out for its capabilities in ‘complicated pharmaceutical litigation’. Former practice head Khajaque Kortian, who counts both major international and local corporations among his clientele, is regularly engaged for his expertise in portfolio management. All lawyers mentioned are based in Sydney.

      Practice head(s):

      Chris Bevitt

      Other key lawyers:

      Sylvie Tso; Francesca Colubriale; Khajaque Kortian


      ‘Strong team with a lot of experience in complicated pharmaceutical litigation. I find Spruson & Ferguson lawyers to be very engaged and responsive in our matters.’

      Key clients

      Johnson & Johnson (Janssen, DePuy, J&J Consumer)

      Dyno Nobel (Incitec Pivot Limited)

      Zoetis Services LLC

      James Hardie



      Nestle (Nestec)

      Mining3 (CMTE)

      Manildra Milling Corporation

      Ecolab (including Nalco)

      Emacity Pty Ltd

      Enagic Co., Ltd

      Firstmac Limited

      Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Ltd

      Hytera Communications Corporation

      Xiamen Huadian Switchgear Co. Ltd (Huatech)

      GrainCorp Limited

      Genea Ltd (previously Sydney IVF)

      NSW Ports

      Polaris IP

      Pty Ltd and Glass Hardware Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Intervet International BV in a high-profile Full Federal Court appeal against Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.

      Thomson Geer

      Working across offices in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne, the Thomson Geer IP team is well placed to advise a broad roster of clients on trade mark and patent matters. Notable recent engagements have seen the team representing major foreign entertainment companies and consumer goods conglomerates in patent litigation proceedings and interlocutory injunctions taken before the vrious domestic courts. Key names to note include versatile practitioners Andrew Chalet and Peytee Grusche, who assist with a full range of IP issues.

      Other key lawyers:

      Andrew Chalet; Peytee Grusche; Ben Coogan; Peter Le Guay; Tony Conaghan

      Key clients


      Microba Lifesciences


      SmartSat CRC

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Reckitt on a successful interlocutory injunction matter in the Federal Court.
      • Advising on IP management strategies for the SmartSat CRC.
      • Advising InterGrain on forming a strategic collaboration with Inari, a US biotech seed company, to improve the yield potential of wheat to enhance long-term viability of crops.

      Arnold Bloch Leibler

      The Melbourne-based Arnold Bloch Leibler services a host of retail and telecoms clients, both domestically and internationally. The group is particularly capable on the contentious side, with practice group head Zaven Mardirossian regularly assisting clients to protect their property rights from third party infringement matters. At the senior associate level, Gabriel Sakkal is noted for his capabilities in multidisciplinary IP mandates, especially those concerning competition law.

      Practice head(s):

      Zaven Mardirossian

      Other key lawyers:

      Gabriel Sakkal

      Key clients

      Premier Investments



      A high-net-worth property developer, Charlie Buxton

      Treat Me Snacks


      Fonterra Brands Australia (Fonterra)

      Industry Super Australia

      Hostplus Pty Ltd

      Wollemi Capital Group

      Work highlights

      • Assisting ASX-listed Premier Investments’ with contentious intellectual property matters, including trade mark and copyright disputes.
      • Assists Cygnett’s Australian with its trade mark portfolio and acts for the company in relation to intellectual property disputes.
      • Acting for PLUSpak Australia in relation to a major intellectual property dispute with The a2 Milk Company Ltd.


      The Dentons group is praised by clients for its ‘excellent knowledge of the retail industry’, driven in large part by the efforts of  practice head Joy Atacador, who also heads up the firm’s retail-focused offering. Hotel and leisure sector matters are also core areas of expertise for the team. Newly promoted to partner in July 2022, Matthew Hennessy, who joined the team from King & Wood Mallesons in January 2022, has bolstered the group’s capabilities in commercial transactions. Other key names to note include Robyn Chatwood, who acts in all area of non-contentious licensing and technology law.

      Practice head(s):

      Joy Atacador

      Other key lawyers:

      Matthew Hennessy; Robyn Chatwood


      ‘The level of expertise, the diversity of talent to call on and the willingness of the partners and solicitors to be available for advice on short and longer term basis.’

      ‘Excellent knowledge of the retail industry, personable communication , excellent collaboration, Always mindful of value for money.’

      ‘Always provide suggestions, easy to deal with, will advise at a moments notice – always available.’

      ‘They understand what we need; they understand our business.’

      Key clients

      Rapid Response Revival

      Dye & Durham


      Avis Budget Group


      Windsor Smith



      Starwood Capital

      Gartner Australasia Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Advised Avis Budget Group across multiple matters including drafting precedent franchise agreements, advising on competition law, advising on trade mark, advising on IP ownership and licensing arrangements, and other matters including privacy in respect of the franchised business.
      • Assisted Argenta with multiple deals, including in relation to the acquisition of Argenta by KKR.

      Macpherson Kelley

      The deep bench at Macpherson Kelley includes Victoria-based national practice head Paul KirtonBelinda Sigismundi, who leads the team in the Dandenong office; as well as Mark Metzeling and Stuart Gibson who head up the teams in Brisbane and Melbourne, respectively. Gibson, an experienced IP lawyer, joined the firm from Mills Oakley in May 2022 and ‘acts for many fashion brands in Australia both in a proactive and defensive capability.’

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Kirton

      Other key lawyers:

      Belinda Sigismundi; Mark Metzeling; Stuart Gibson; Nils Versemann; Libby Goad


      ‘The team are tenacious in pursuing the best outcomes for their clients in a cost efficient and effective manner.’

      ‘Nils Versemann provides thorough and carefully considered advice fully informed by the client’s commercial objectives. Libby Goad provides hard-headed, practical representation for clients in litigation and is tenacious in pursuing their best interests.’

      ‘The practice is synonymous with Stuart Gibson who has joined the firm recently from Mills Oakley, and who has been at the forefront of key IP disputes for more than 20 years. Stuart acts for many fashion brands in Australia both in a proactive and defensive capability.’

      Work highlights

      • Advised UK law firm and its ultimate food and beverage industry client on commencing infringement action in Australia.
      • Advising Peter Champion IP on registering its IP rights, bringing court proceedings against counterfeit product importers and sellers and utilising takedown procedure.
      • Acted for an international book publisher in restructuring their IP holding entities and moving all Australian and international trade marks, copyright and designs within the new structure.

      Mills Oakley

      Mills Oakley is regarded by clients as a team of, ‘excellent litigators and commercial negotiators in relation to patents, trade marks, and copyright.’ The team is jointly chaired by Lisa Egan and Scott Coulthart, working out of the firm’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices respectively. Egan, who joined from K&L Gates in March 2022, and brings with her a strong advisory practice which involves the management of large trade mark and design portfolios. Former practice head James Lawrence departed in September 2023.

      Practice head(s):

      Lisa Egan; Scott Coulthart


      ‘Mills Oakley has an outstanding intellectual property team. They provide considered and astute legal advice within a commercial context. In particular, Mills Oakley are excellent litigators and commercial negotiators in relation to patents, trade marks, and copyright.’

      ‘Mills Oakley’s team is professional, intelligent and top-shelf clients absolutely love their work. Their ability to communicate with legal experts and non-lawyers is really next-level stuff.’

      Key clients

      Derma Pen, LLC

      Mad Mex International Pty Ltd

      Cashrewards Pty Ltd

      Deco Australia Pty Ltd

      Boody Australia Pty Ltd

      eBay, Inc

      Rattlejack Innovations Pty Ltd

      The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia

      CoreLogic (RP Data Pty Ltd t/as CoreLogic Asia Pacific)

      Ausenco Services Pty Ltd

      The Salvation Army

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Derma Pen, LLC in trade mark proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Biosoft (Australia) Pty Ltd and its principal Stene Marshall.
      • Acted for Deco Australia in its Federal Court of Australia patent infringement and revocation proceedings against Aliwood Pty Ltd.
      • Acting for Rattlejack Innovations in defending patent infringement proceedings brought against it by Jusand Nominees in respect of the sale in Australia of Rattlejack’s unique mining safety product, the SafetySpear.

      Pearce IP

      The fast-growing team at IP boutique Pearce IP is reputed for its ‘in-depth understanding of the science and pharmaceutical regulatory industry’, working exclusively with a range of life sciences clients on transactional, regulatory, and litigious matters. On the contentious side, Naomi Pearce – the firm founder – and Katrina Crooks are praised for their ‘extensive experience’ and ‘sound and considered’ litigation capabilities. All named lawyers are based in Sydney.

      Practice head(s):

      Naomi Pearce; Katrina Crooks

      Other key lawyers:

      Alex May; Jenna Enmon


      ‘Naomi Pearce and Alex May are extremely through and considered in their advice. Great strategic thinkers.’

      ‘Naomi Pearce and Katrina Crooks have extensive experience and are sound and considered litigators.’

      ‘The Pearce IP team has an in depth understanding of the science and pharmaceutical regulatory industry driving many of their client’s businesses. They are passionate about achieving their client’s commercial objectives – and they are extremely hard-working and dedicated lawyers.

      Key clients

      Juno Pharmaceuticals (pharma-life sciences)

      Natco Pharmaceuticals (pharma- life sciences)

      Burchgrove and Luxotico (luxury homewares)

      1200 Pharma LLC

      2A Pharma AB

      ABL Bio

      Annexon Inc.

      Atara Biotherapeutics

      Atomic Oncology

      Bayer Healthcare

      Biogen Inc.

      California Institute of Technology

      Calithera Biosciences Inc

      CRISPR Therapeutics

      Demeter Fertility

      Fable Holdings

      Goterra Intellia Therapeutics

      Intocell Inc.


      La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company