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Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition




Kate is our head of intellectual property. Working in IP brings us into contact with iconic brands and brilliant inventions. That is what Kate loves most about her work. Admired for her ability to combine steely determination and grace she is a great litigator and a pleasure to work with.

Kate is a specialist in multi jurisdictional patent and trade mark litigation and has acted in some of Australia’s most high profile cases of recent times, including for Samsung in the long running “Smartphone” litigation and for Pacific Brands in the adidas 3 stripe trade mark litigation.

Kate continues to act for numerous well known clients across a wide variety of industries ranging from pharmaceutical, medical devices, computer technology and software to mining, energy, automotive, fashion and consumer goods.

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Kate HayCorrs Chambers Westgarth

The ‘pragmatic’ team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is singled out for its ‘excellence across all areas of IP law’ and its ability to handle complex cross-border mandates. Sector-specific expertise include life sciences, technology, luxury and consumer goods. The national group is headed by Kate Hay, who stands out for her significant experience in patents, trade marks and copyright litigation. Hay is jointly leading a Melbourne-based team with the ‘fantasticStephen Stern acting for Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck on a long-running pharmaceutical patent dispute. The ‘dependable and strategically savvyOdette Gourley stands out for her work in the pharmaceutical and sports industries. The team has been growing; of particular note is the arrival of Grant Fisher, who joined from Ashurst in November 2018. Fisher is part of the team led by Gourley, acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp and MSD Australia Pty on a significant cross-border challenge to patents rights held by Wyeth relating to pneumococcal vaccines. Eugenia Kolivos and Jürgen Bebber are also recommended.