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Lisa Ritson is an intellectual property partner and global head of our intellectual property & technology, media and telecommunications practice

Lisa is an internationally recognised intellectual property lawyer and does a broad range of contentious and non-contentious work in the areas of trade marks, copyright, merchandising, marketing and advertising, sponsorship and endorsement, intellectual property licensing, passing off, confidential information and consumer protection.

Lisa acts for many leading global companies on managing and exploiting their intellectual property portfolios and on dealing with intellectual property infringement issues.

Lisa provides strategic advice on registration, exploitation and enforcement of client intellectual property and on drafting a range of intellectual property based agreements including sponsorship, merchandising, technology licensing, research & development and collaboration agreements and content supply, distribution and agency agreements. Lisa regularly acts for clients in Federal Court litigation in relation to intellectual property and marketing matters. She also advises on anti-counterfeiting, marketing and advertising programmes, product labelling, food and cosmetics regulation, lotteries and consumer promotions. Lisa is recognised as a leading intellectual property practitioner in all the major directories which cover intellectual property law.


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Lisa Ritson - Ashurst

Within: Intellectual property

Ashurst's ‘business acumen, industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice is very high’. Practice head Lisa Ritson continues to act for Moroccanoil Israel in proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia regarding trade mark infringement, consumer protection issues and passing off claims against Aldi in relation to copycat products. Kellech Smith is representing a pharmaceutical company in relation to its challenge to Pfizer’s patents for pregabalin, and the team continues to act for Samsung Bioepis in preliminary discovery Federal Court proceedings against Pfizer and Wyeth regarding patents protecting Pfizer’s drug ENBREL. Peter Chalke is a ‘master technician'; Stuart D’Aloisio, who is ‘smart across all disciplines’, and Andrew Rankine have both been promoted to partner. Senior associate Elizabeth Ireland is also singled out. Ben Miller and Mary Padbury both retired from the partnership. Sophie Dawson left to join Bird & Bird.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Ashurst's breadth of expertise extends to all areas of media and entertainment law and it acts for an enviable client list on commercial transactions, branding and advertisement, copyright issues, pre-publication and regulatory matters. Defamation is another specialist area in which Robert Todd represents a global technology company in two notable contentious matters relating to defamatory material displayed online, with the outcome expected to be of wide-reaching significance for the industry. Practice head Lisa Ritson assists publisher CondĂ© Nast with its intellectual property matters in Australia. Anita Cade is experienced in complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and part of a team that advised Trusted Media Brands on the sale of its Asia Pacific Reader’s Digest businesses. Sophie Dawson departed to join Bird & Bird.

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