Baker McKenzie

Australia

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Patent

Although Baker McKenzie's core strengths are in soft IP, the firm has an active contentious patent offering. In a new initiative spanning the global Baker McKenzie network, the team has taken a leadership role in establishing a plant variety rights service.

Head of IP Richard Gough leads a team that includes partner Elisabeth White. Both handles patent work.

The firm represented a domestic telecommunications provider as a defendant in a patent litigation. It has also been advising a US biotechnology company on patent strategy and on a potential litigation related to the launch of a generic product.

Trade mark
Baker McKenzie has a noted soft IP practice with a particularly strong copyright offering. The team is building its industry sector expertise to follow client trends, for example it has taken the lead on three of the firm's cross-practice and cross-border key industry groups of consumer goods and retail, healthcare and TMT. The firm continues to develop its Pacific Island trade mark initiatives and provides clients with innovative IP tools leveraged from the global Baker McKenzie network. Head of the Australian IP practice is Richard Gough and the team includes trade mark and copyright partners Byron Angelopulo, Robert Arnold, Jonathan Flintoft, Andrew Stewart and Elisabeth White. Ross McLean is of counsel. In a ground-breaking copyright case, the Bakers team is acting for the Motion Picture Association of America against various local internet service providers to block access to numerous copyright infringing websites. This matter is the first litigation of its kind under the Copyright Act related to infringement in Australia. The team is also representing Australian food and beverage company, Lion in a federal court proceeding commenced by competitor, The A2 Milk Company.