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Asia Guide

Intellectual Property — Australia

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Miriam Stiel
- 11 partners
- 3 special counsel
- 2 consultants
- 1 managing associate

What the team is known for Acclaimed practice with expertise across the full range of IP issues, including trade mark and patent infringements as well as transactional matters. Strong track record working with leading multinational corporations, particularly in the pharmaceutical and media sectors.

Strengths The team's extensive worldwide network is identified as a significant advantage for multinationals whose IP issues span several jurisdictions. One referee states: "Via its network of affiliates and agents, Allens provides a seamless global solution. Technical knowledge and quality of advice is a given; what separates the team is the ease of working with them. They are professional and understand our business."

Another referees emphasises its status as "the premier IP firm at the moment. The team has lateral thinkers, and they are smart and efficient."

Work highlights Acted for Redbubble in defence of claims of copyright infringement and deceptive conduct brought by Hells Angels and the Pokémon Company.

Represented Seiko Epson in patent infringement proceedings against Calidad Australia, in respect of the distribution of refilled or remanufactured and generic ink cartridges that are compatible with Seiko Epson printers.

Significant clients Australian Olympic Committee, Bristol-Myers Squibb, eBay, Samsung, Vodafone.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Kerr continues to receive plaudits as a "market leader" and a "senior advocate in the IP area." In his capacity as senior counsel he brings a wealth of experience to litigation in patent, copyright, trade mark and design disputes.

Tim Golder wins praise for "always making himself available to provide very practical advice, which is succinct, cost-effective and decisive." A prominent market figure, he advises on copyright, designs, confidential information and trade marks as well as handling issues of misleading and deceptive conduct.

Richard Hamer is widely acknowledged amongst interviewees as a "great lawyer" whose practice is centred on high-profile patent cases and breach of confidence litigation. He recently led the representation of UCB in patent proceedings before the Federal Court relating to the proposed sale of generic treatment for epilepsy by Apotex.

Head of practice Miriam Stiel is a popular figure who is considered by one source to be "an excellent copyright practitioner." Another source praises her "unbelievable knowledge and enormous depth of understanding." She led the team advising Music Rights Australia in Federal Court Proceedings against Australia's major ISPs to block access by their customers to the pirate site Kickass Torrents.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Lisa Ritson
- 7 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly accomplished practice that impresses on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Thoroughly experienced in handling high-profile patent litigation cases and brand protection for a raft of well-known clients. Also offers specialist expertise in food labelling, as well as the regulation of therapeutic goods and cosmetics. 

Strengths One interviewee calls them "really impressive" and "my go-to IP team, always responsive, accessible and calm under pressure. As a client you feel like you are the priority." Another referees agrees, noting that "the team is first rate, the best patent litigators in Australia."

The team is also praised as "exceptionally personable, hardworking, knowledgeable and always very quick to respond with flawless expertise and client care."

Work highlights Acted for Moroccanoil Israel in a number of actions including trade mark infringement and passing off relating to copies of its well-known brand of Moroccanoil hair care products. 

Represented Actavis and Medis in patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the Federal Court against Orion Corporation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals over the patent rights for the drug Stalevo.

Significant clients Apotex, Best Western, Coca-Cola Amatil, Crown Melbourne, Pharmacor.

Notable practitioners  

Melbourne-based Mary Padbury is the global Vice-Chairman of Ashurst, a specialist patent litigator and eminent market figure. She is consulted by an impressive roster of Australian and multinational corporations from the pharmaceutical, medical and luxury goods sectors. 

Lisa Ritson is highly sought-after for a range of both contentious and non-contentious IP work and represents a number of leading multinational companies. She is best known for her trade mark and copyright expertise, and is recognised by key market figures as "incredibly adept at trade mark and passing-off litigation."

Peter Chalk is a "highly regarded practitioner" who has established a "strong trade mark practice." He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters including those relating to copyright and patents for high-profile clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and entertainment sectors.  

Seasoned practitioner Grant Fisher is a patent litigator who offers over 25 years' experience to his clients. A dual-qualified lawyer and patent attorney with a background in chemistry, he advises on a wide range of cases in the chemical and life sciences areas, particularly in relation to pharmaceuticals. 

Ben Miller is identified by one source as "a great tactician and a first rate litigator." He acted for Actavis and Medis in patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the Federal Court against Orion Corporation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals over the patent rights in the drug Stalevo.

Anita Cade is praised by one client for her "excellent team management, in addition to her fine legal skills, and her ability to provide calm and considered advice even during highly stressful times." She is singled out for her handling of copyright litigation.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sue Gilchrist, Shaun McVicar, Kristian Stammer and Celia Davies
- 8 partners
- 47 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent group with an outstanding track record in patent litigation. Its expertise crosses the spectrum of IP services, with groups of commercial IP practitioners and litigators as well as a dedicated trade marks management and prosecution team. Regularly advises leading multinational clients on all aspects of IP protection, including the co-ordination of multi-jurisdictional cases.

Strengths Commentators testify to its comprehensive offering, stating: "They put together a fantastic package." Another confirms that "they have brilliant partners, senior associates and bright, young hard working lawyers. They have a good bench strength."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Gilead Sciences in patent litigation relating to its hepatitis C blockbuster drug sofosbuvir (marketed under the names Sovaldi and Harvoni), part of global proceedings between Gilead and Idenix. 

Defended Apotex in a patent infringement action brought by AstraZeneca in relation to the composition of the drug rosuvastatin, and two methods of treatment. The team brought revocation actions against AstraZenica's patents and were ultimately successful in an appeal to the High Court. 

Significant clients Anchorage Capital Group, BMG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, George Weston Foods, Pacific Brands.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Sue Gilchrist is widely acknowledged for her extensive expertise across the gamut of IP issues. Interviewees recognise that "they do an excellent job at Freehills and she runs the team very well." She led the team's representation of Becton Dickinson in a dispute with global medical company Braun relating to unjustifiable threats of patent infringement in respect of three Australian patents for catheters.

Shaun McVicar is singled out as one of the group's "very experienced and excellent patent lawyers," and a specialist IP litigator with over two decades' experience. He recently handled litigation in the Federal Court on behalf of Caterpillar, claiming patent infringement against Exchange Track Services, who in turn brought an invalidity action. 

Kristin Stammer receives extensive acknowledgement from both peers and clients as an "outstanding commercial IP lawyer." Her work includes licensing, IP acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, and recently acted for BMG on the acquisition of music publishing company J Albert & Son.

Celia Davies focuses on trade marks in both transactional and contentious matters. She assists many of the firm's most prestigious clients in relation to portfolio management, prosecution and infringement matters, and has assisted Reynolds Consumer Products with a number of trade mark registration matters. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: John Collins
- 7 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers broad-based IP expertise including trade marks and copyright protection, with frequent involvement in cases involving an international element. Handles complex patent matters for a diverse clientele, most notably in the pharmaceutical, technology and telecoms sectors. 

Strengths Clients stress the team's maintenance of a consistently high standard: "They are a very strong team of people that take the time to understand our business." Another client adds: "They have a diverse set of strengths which they deploy incredibly well, and they are very collaborative." 

Other clients report: "We find them responsive and accurate, with great attention to detail. We can rely on them to deliver." 

Work highlights Acted for Sonic Healthcare in the Federal Court defending a claim of patent infringement regarding a method of non-invasive pregnancy testing.

Acted for Orion in patent infringement and revocation litigation relating to the drug Stalevo, used for the management of Parkinson's disease. 

Significant clients Adidas Australia, Novartis, Seven Network, Singtel Optus, Toyota Australia.

Notable practitioners  

Departmental head John Collins is a seasoned practitioner who offers over three decades of experience, often handling high-profile patent infringement cases. His work includes representing Telstra in patent infringement litigation commenced by Unpaid Systems in connection with a range of communications technologies. 

Mary Still is a "widely respected and very senior practitioner" whose practice encompasses copyright and trade mark litigation. She assisted NOVA Entertainment in a dispute with the Phonograph Performance Company of Australia regarding copyright licence fees for a digital radio station. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stephen Stern
- 9 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established practice adept at handling contentious and non-contentious matters for global and domestic clients, dealing with both domestic and cross-border cases. A strong focus on the protection of patents and trade marks, with extensive expertise in life sciences and pharmaceuticals as well as the drinks and luxury goods sectors. 

Strengths The team's commitment to the client is the subject of much praise, as is the level of partner involvement: "They are very accommodating and hospitable when we have highly urgent matters, always on hand, accessible and responsive. The partners are very hands on and walk us through all the processes involved in complex issues."

Other clients remark on its skills in handling contentious matters: "They are a very strong team with expert IP litigation capability, handling matters with military precision. They are exceptional."

Work highlights Successfully represented H Lundbeck, the Danish global pharmaceutical company, in relation to an ongoing dispute with Alphapharm concerning the patent for the antidepressant drug Lexapro. 

Acted for Gucci in the Australian leg of an international dispute between Gucci and Guess concerning its "G" logo trade marks, which has been the subject of litigation in several countries.  

Significant clients Adobe, Caterpillar, Christian Dior Couture, Hugo Boss, Lacoste.

Notable practitioners  

Odette Gourley remains a widely-respected figure, offering a wealth of expertise in patents and trade marks, and is regularly sought after for her assistance in complex litigation. She often assists in the life sciences sector and recently represented Merck Sharpe & Dohme in relation to a major patent infringement action and validity disputes regarding a breakthrough antibody cancer treatment. 

Stephen Stern is "one of the best litigation strategists out there" according to one interviewee. Another adds: "He is absolutely fantastic, a gate keeper to weed out the best global strategy we should take in global litigation." His impressive client list includes Gucci and the Moet Hennessy Group as well as other luxury goods companies.

Tim Allen is an established trade marks practitioner who handles prosecution and protection matters, including complex contentious cases. He recently represented CUB in opposing a trade mark application for Original Pale Ale by Coopers Brewery.

Eugenia Kolivos is a respected transactional IP specialist who has considerable experience assisting clients with a broad range of IP commercialisation. She is considered by one source to be a "great commercial IP lawyer," and acts in a range of industries including telecoms and IT. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: John Swinson
- 11 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned litigation team with extensive experience in patent and trade mark disputes in both the domestic market and overseas through its global connections. Assists an enviable roster of well-known clients in a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and electronics. Assists with all aspects of the protection and enforcement of IP assets, and also handles the IP aspects of broader commercial transactions.

Strengths The team's ability to handle large-scale, contentious matters is highlighted: "They are excellent; one of the best litigation firms we have encountered. They have great project management, are a safe pair of hands and are a pleasure to deal with."

Other interviewees acknowledge that they have a "traditionally strong IP practice and proven capability."

Work highlights Acted for Telstra on a range of IP issues including its defence against actions brought by a number of parties who sought orders to block access to websites allegedly facilitating copyright infringement.

Represented Accor Hotels in a trade mark and misleading advertising claim against a real estate agent using Accor Hotel brand names.

Significant clients Campbell’s Soup Company, eBay and PayPal, Microsoft, Nestlé, the University of Sydney.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Swinn garners respect for his considerable patent expertise across a range of sectors, including life sciences and consumer goods. Clients enthuse that "he is great across the subject matter: responsive, practical, client-focused and in tune with innovative legislative changes. "

Katrina Rathie is acknowledged for her ability to apply commercial nous to highly complex IP matters. Her focus is on brand protection and related advertising and marketing issues. She continues to handle cases for Procter & Gamble including ongoing litigation with Energizer Australia over the client's Star Wars-themed advertising campaign. 

John Swinson assists with international and domestic aspects of copyright, patent and trade mark matters. He has advised Spirits International in its dispute with the Russian Federation relating to the ownership of Stolichnaya vodka brands in Australia, a highly contentious matter.

Cate Nagy continues to be recognised as an "up-and-coming" practitioner who is developing a "substantial presence in the market." She has recently acted for Campari Group, owner of the Wild Turkey bourbon brand, in long-running trade mark litigation with Lodestar Anstalt, owner of the Wild Geese Irish whiskey trade marks.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Lynne Lewis
- 20 partners
- 65 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises across the full range of IP disputes including high-profile copyright and trade mark actions. Has a depth of expertise handling complex patent disputes, and a track record working with leading international clients from the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

Strengths The team is complimented as an "excellent IP practice" with "very good capability and a strong Australian market presence."

Work highlights Represented Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical in patent revocation proceedings brought by Merck Sharpe & Dohme, regarding a patent for the use of certain antibodies in the treatment of cancer.

Acted for Foxtel in connection with a number of matters including its action against a number of ISPs under a new, untested section of the Copyright Act, under which it is sought to block certain pirate websites.

Significant clients American Express, Bayer New Zealand, PPG Industries, Specsavers, Sigma. 

Notable practitioners  

Wayne McMaster has over three decades of experience in this arena and is a well-known practitioner. He offers especially well-developed expertise to participants in the life sciences sector and is adept in trade marks, patent disputes and regulatory matters.

John Fairbairn is a trade mark and copyright specialist who is considered by a source as a "formidable advocate." He assists clients in the media, life sciences and technology sectors, including Foxtel, for whom he is acting on a number of high-profile copyright-related matters.  

Sydney-based Lynne Lewis heads the IP department and is in demand for her varied skills, encompassing the registration and management of trade mark portfolios, enforcement of copyright as well as large-scale design and patent litigation. Her work includes acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a comparative advertising case against Reckitt Benckiser involving the Nurofen and Panadol brands.

Robert Cooper is a Melbourne-based practitioner who handles a range of trade marks and patents disputes. Of late, he defended Calidad against patent and trade mark infringement claims brought by Seiko Epson regarding the recycling and resale of ink cartridges. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Richard Gough
- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enviable cross-border capability, frequently instructed by distinguished Australian brand owners and blue-chip multinationals. Well-regarded practice providing comprehensive coverage of all IP assets, with particular strength advising household name corporates in respect of brand protection and anti-counterfeiting actions.

Strengths Several interviewees comment on the team's "global presence" as a significant advantage, adding "they really understood the business we are in, with good attention to detail and straight to the point and concise advice."

The calibre of the group's practitioners and their ability to provide overarching advice is praised by one client, who testifies: "They have a deep bench with solid experience, a sophisticated practice that provide the highest quality of counsel," adding: "Time has proven that they are the most consistent in giving counsel, analysing issues and implementing effective strategies."

Work highlights Represented Easton Corp, owner of the trade mark HOTTIE, in an action against Pacific Brands and its major retailers following the launch by Pacific Brands of a line of underwear under the HOTTIE brand.

The group manages Jurlique International's global trade mark portfolio entailing the co-ordination of trade mark clearances, filings and the protection of registrations in 52 countries. 

Significant clients Estée Lauder, Lion, Mars, Warner Bros, Yum!

Notable practitioners  

Departmental head Richard Gough is a formidable IP litigator, characterised by his clients as an "incredibly calm, qualified counsel with good judgement." Highly experienced in copyright, patent and trade mark disputes, he frequently acts for global clients from the pharmaceutical, technology and media industries.

In his capacity as consultant, Ross McLean advises clients on a variety of areas including brand protection, copyright issues and licensing. Clients remark that "he is fantastic, excellent at balancing the risk with the need to do business and push the envelope."

Seasoned practitioner Robert Arnold has assisted clients for over 25 years with IP protection and enforcement strategies regionally, and has notable cross-border experience acting for multinationals. He garners praise from clients as "fantastic: his demeanour was great throughout and he provided accurate, solution focused, advice."

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Specialist firm offering a blend of patent and trade mark expertise, as well as designs and copyright know-how. Works in conjunction with its well-regarded litigation group.

Strengths A market participant characterises the firm as a specialist IP practice that is "very thorough and produces a quality of work that is excellent."

Notable practitioners  

Ian Pascarl is a well-regarded practitioner who maintains a broad practice encompassing both contentious and non-contentious matters. He focuses on patent litigation and offers a wealth of experience to clients engaged in disputes within the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Williams
- 6 partner
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable for its breadth of skills, advising on transactional and contentious copyright, design, patent and trade mark issues. Especially known for its prominence in the technology and media sectors. Offers comprehensive skills around IP transactions including issues of royalty and distribution fee disputes, and marketing laws. 

Strengths Several referees highlight the calibre of the practitioners at this independent firm. One reports: "They have a very high quality of staff from juniors to seniors. I've never encountered anyone within the team who isn't of an excellent standard."

In a similar vein, another client describes the "excellent quality of advice and service" adding: "They are really strong across both departments on strategy and the people are approachable and professional."

Work highlights Acted for Edgewell Personal Care defending urgent injunction proceedings brought by Procter & Gamble in the Federal Court concerning an advertising claim relating to Schick Hydro razors.

The group represents Primary Health Care in various brand protection matters including assisting with its portfolio management, defending its brand name and registering its trade marks.

Significant clients Aristocrat Technologies, Autodesk, BASF, Imdex, Shopify.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Williams leads the practice and is explicitly recognised by peers as one of the top-flight practitioners in the IP sphere, noted as a partner that is "formidable, extremely professional and incredibly bright." He acted for Energizer in a successful contempt action against Procter & Gamble for breaches of an interlocutory injunction in broadcasting a television commercial. 

Siabon Seet successfully acted for the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia in Federal Court proceedings which established that a simulcast is not a broadcast, so that radio stations require a separate license for simulcasting music online. Following the decision, she acted in landmark proceedings in the Copyright Tribunal to determine licence fees that commercial radio stations should pay for the use of sound recordings in simulcasts.

Kate Harrison instils confidence in clients because she "not only gives good legal advice, but also looks at the matter through a commercial lens, seeing it from a whole business perspective." Leading the firm's litigation group, she is known for her blend of expertise in general commercial disputes and investigations, as well as those specifically related to IP.

Lisa Lennon's practice is centred on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of trade marks, with notable strength in the enforcement space. She also handles areas such as design protection and domain name matters. Interviewees remark that she is "very practical, clear in her thinking and presents well-structured arguments."

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Peter Banki, Margaret Shearer and Julie Robb
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles IP issues across an expanse of industries and sectors that includes entertainment, pharmaceuticals and electronics including relevant regulatory regimes. Reputed for its skills in contentious trade mark and copyright matters together with managing trade mark portfolios for international clients. Additionally advises on areas such as the protection of confidential information.

Strengths The group is commended for its cost-effectiveness and quality of advice. One referee reports: "Banki Haddock Fiora is a fantastic boutique firm, providing the highest level of legal services for a fraction of the cost of the top-tier firms."

Work highlights Drafted submissions on behalf of the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners in relation to the copyright aspects of the Productivity Commission's public inquiry into Australia's IP arrangements.

Manages the Australian trade mark portfolio of Nestlé, including the filing and prosecution of trade marks, oppositions and other protective actions. 

Significant clients AGL Energy, Costco, Fairfax Media, Pfizer, Screenrights.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Banki has extensive experience in the publishing, media and entertainment industries and is singled out by a source as one of Australia's most "well-known and highly regarded senior copyright practitioners." His dexterity in copyright has been developed over three decades acting on advisory and litigious matters. 

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Melinda Upton
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A comprehensive suite of IP services with a strong track record in brand protection. Noted for its expertise in litigation as well as transactional matters including licensing. Regularly assists leading international clients from the consumer goods, technology, media and life sciences sectors in cross-border matters via its global network.  

Strengths Clients emphasise the group's "excellent IP prowess" in respect of trade mark portfolio protection, combined with "a sound understanding of the client's commercial drivers to provide strategic and well-crafted advice."

Work highlights The team is advising Fitbit on potential trade mark infringement actions arising from the counterfeiting and parallel imports of its products.

Provides Australian Wool Innovation with global trade mark portfolio management assistance, including licensing and the registration of certification trade marks. 

Significant clients Avon, Bacardi, Broadspectrum, Moet Hennessy, Netball Australia.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Melinda Upton is "an outstanding leader in the IP space, both at a national and international level." She specialises in all aspects of brand protection frequently assisting her clients in multijurisdictional matters including acting for International Awards Group in a trade mark infringement and breach of consumer law action against Asia Advertising Festival and Haymarket Media.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Derek Baigent
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Independent, national firm with a strong track record handling major IP transactions and deep experience in IP litigation, with particular expertise in pharmaceutical patent disputes. Also well versed in brand protection.

Work highlights Acting for Generic Health in a complex case defending a claim for damages for a pharmaceutical patent infringement, in respect of the sale of the drug Escitalopram.

Represents CSR Building Products in several patent oppositions it has filed against patent applications made by the US Gypsum Corporation. 

Significant clients Aristrocrat Technologies Australia, Macquarie Group, UGL, Virgin Australia, Volvo.

Notable practitioners  

Wayne Condon is a "well-regarded" and established figure who has over 35 years' experience in the IP field. His practice is focused on patent infringement and revocation proceedings in a number of industries, including the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Frances Drummond
- 9 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its global, regional and domestic brand protection and IP portfolio management expertise as well as for its experienced litigation team. In demand for its abilities in connection with IP exploitation particularly in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors.

Strengths One interviewee highlights: "They are an excellent firm, comprised of commercially savvy lawyers and quality litigators."

Work highlights Assisted Aldi with defending a number of allegations of trade mark infringement, passing-off and misleading and deceptive conduct in connection with its Moroccan Argan Oil products. The actions were instigated by Moroccanoil Israel, who claimed rights in the Moroccanoil word. 

Successfully acted for Baylor on defending its Australian patent for a method of treating systematic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Significant clients Australia Post, Carnival, Energizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Nando’s.

Notable practitioners  

Sydney-based Jackie O'Brien is an established and long-serving IP litigator who has been assisting her clientele in the trade mark and copyright spheres for over 25 years. She garners praise as "an astute and commercially aware litigator."

Frances Drummond heads the IP department, her practice spanning all aspects of trade mark law including portfolio management, enforcement and exploitation. She is noted for her substantial overseas experience, which she utilises to assist clients in a variety of industries including the pharmaceutical, technology, and retail sectors.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Substantial group of specialists with skills across the full range of IP services, from the management of IP assets through to litigation. Experienced advising a broad variety of clients from large multinational corporations to public sector research organisations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Notable practitioners  

John Afaras is the key contact at the firm.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Melissa McGrath
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected for its skilful handling of patent protection especially in the areas of generic pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Also offers an increasingly well-regarded trade marks practice and regularly deals with transactional, licensing and portfolio management matters. Serves an impressive array of clients, from start-ups to major corporates.

Strengths Clients single out the comprehensive guidance offered to new businesses: "They take the time to understand the client's expectations, providing knowledgeable advice as well as discussing the possible scenarios. This really gives you confidence as a smaller business, and I would recommend all start-ups to engage them."

Work highlights Acted for Alethia Biotherapeutics, the Canadian-based biotechnology company, in proceedings before the Federal Court as a result of two appeals from a decision made by the Australian Patent Office. As part of the proceedings the group also opposed a patent filed by Daiichi Sankyo Company.

Represented Alphapharm in a number of patent opposition proceedings relating to technologies used in the treatment for HIV, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.

Significant clients Bauer Media, Breville, CIMIC Group, Nine Entertainment, Yamaha Motor Australia.  

Notable practitioners  

Scott Sloan is "particularly strong and a standout patents lawyer" according to sources. His practice encompasses numerous aspects of IP law and he is highlighted for his extensive patent litigation expertise, as well as his strength in matters pertaining to trade mark enforcement.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anthony Muratore and Lisa Taliadoros
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Australian branch of a global IP practice, establishing a strong reputation for the handling of contentious matters, especially patent litigation in the life sciences and technology arenas. Its impressive client list comprises many well-known, international pharmaceutical companies whom it assists with the protection of patents covering key high-value drugs and treatments.  

Strengths The practice's clear and business-oriented approach attracts notice: "They have a considered approach to developing sound strategies that suit our business and legal objectives. Overall the level of service is excellent: they are one of the best firms I have worked with in the area."

Work highlights The group represented Sanofi in High Court proceedings concerning the infringement and validity of Sanofi's patent for the use of the compound leflunomide in the treatment of psoriasis.

Acted for Myriad Genetics in a patent revocation action brought by Cancer Voices Australia and Yvonne D'Arcy in the Federal Court. The action challenged a patent covering DNA and RNA sequences related to breast and ovarian cancer genes. 

Significant clients Aristocrat Technologies Australia, Bradken, Celgene, Merial, Zoetis UK.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of the IP practice Anthony Muratore is a leading market figure, having practised in the area for over three decades. He has a reputation for representing clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. One of them remarks: "He has an excellent ability to clearly communicate with a variety of management levels, and has a considered approach to developing sound strategies that suit the business and its legal objectives." 

Lisa Taliadoros is a patent litigator with particular expertise in the life sciences field, as well as the enforcement of patents for pharmaceutical companies. She played a key role acting for Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb, against a substantial claim for compensation made by the Australian government: a test case in which the client asserted its patent against a generic manufacturer, only for the patent to ultimately be found invalid.

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department include: Chris Bevitt, and Sean McManis  
 15 partners
- 13other qualified lawyers
25 patent attorneys
26 trade mark attorneys

What the team is known for A substantial, specialist IP firm, with a comprehensive range of patent and trade mark services. Offers specialisms in the biotech, pharmaceutical, electronics and chemical arenas, in addition to trade marks protection and broader transactional matters. 

Strengths An interviewee considers the firm to be "a good IP outfit," whilst others comment: "The lawyers are excellent and professional, their feedback, follow up and recommendations were of the highest quality." 

Work highlights Acted for Specialty Fashion Group on successfully opposing a trade mark application made by Alpargatas which sought protection for a pattern applied to a shoe strap. 

Acted for Myriad Genetics in a highly complex matter concerning the patentability of biological material in Australia.

Significant clients Dolby Laboratories, Dyson, James Hardie Industries, Honeywell International, SICPA Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Sydney-based Chris Bevitt is a key contact at the firm.

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Band 5

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Adam Simpson, Jules Munro and Mark Bamford.
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely reputed for its consummate understanding of the arts, publishing and media spheres. In demand by a range of high-profile clients, especially for its copyright expertise on both the advisory and contentious fronts. 

Strengths The team is complimented by interviewees for its unique approach: "There is an intellectual and artistic feel to the practice and its clients. They bring a personal style to their work with leading clients which larger firms don't."

Referees also speak approvingly of the team's "excellent industry knowledge and understanding of the underlying commercial implications."

Work highlights Represented Dick Smith Investments and Ozemate in its long-running trade mark dispute over the OZEMITE brand with the owner of the AUSSIE MITE trade mark.

Representing Professor William Molloy, a recognised expert in the field of advanced care directives, in copyright actions against a number of parties in respect of alleged copying of his work both in print and online.

Significant clients Australian Publishers Association, Hachette, National Gallery of Australia, The Wiggles.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Simpson's practice focuses on assisting clients in the entertainment, music and publishing industries, covering copyright and trade marks disputes. One commentator observes: "He is very astute and has handled some very high profile copyright cases. He has a great range from small disputes to the very largest." He also attracts praise for being "a pleasure to work with."  

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