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.
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.