Shelston IP is now part of the IPH group following the acquisition of Xenith IP in August 2019. The acquisition brought in Xenith IP’s companies (Glasshouse Advisory, Griffith Hack, Shelston IP and Watermark) under the IPH umbrella.
The firm has a strong reputation for patent prosecution, with expertise in sectors such as life sciences and engineering. It also has a legal team to advise on IP litigation and commercialisation. For patent instructions, the key contacts include Paul Harrison, Charles Tansey, Caroline Bommer, and Kieran Williams. The key contacts for trade marks are Sean McManis, Michael Deacon and Chris Bevitt.
In 2019, the firm advised the University of Sydney on the protection and management of its plant breeder’s rights portfolio. On the litigation side, the firm represented InfoTrack against Encompass Corporation in the high profile dispute concerning computer-implemented inventions.
The firm hired Adrian Richards and David Hvasanov as senior associate and associate respectively and welcomed biotechnology patent attorney Michael Christie as a principal in May 2020. Grant Shoebridge, Matthew Ford, Nicolas Lakatos and Jennifer Enmon have left the firm.
The trade mark team acted for the Australian Rugby League Commission in an opposition concerning the mark “STATE OF ORIGIN”. It also defended Echo Label’s trade mark rights in an opposition filed by Amazon Technologies. Other clients that have instructed the firm include Football Federation Australia and COBOX. Special Counsel Gerard Skelly left the firm in 2019.