Australia

IP STARS Reviews

Patent
IP Gateway

Case studies show the firm provided patent protection and portfolio management services to companies such as Metso, Myosa and Flowbee Australia. Patent attorneys Daniel Rosenthal, Jack King-Scott and Clinton Priddle have left the firm.

Shelston IP

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.

Wrays

Wrays has an active patent prosecution and contentious practice. Recent clients include iCeutica, Amgen, Eli Lilly & Co, Wesfarmers, Orbital Australia and Minara Resources. The four patent leaders are Gary Cox, Todd Shand, Peter Caporn and Scott Vile. The firm is acting for Western Australian minerals project developer Neometals, handling its patent drafting, filing and prosecution. Listed biotechnology company Dimerix has entrusted the team for its IP strategy, patent drafting and prosecution.

Trade mark
Addisons

Addisons has a multi-disciplinary IP and media team, with a particular expertise in the gaming sector both domestically and abroad. The team manages thousands of trade marks, and also directly manages and prosecutes trade marks in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The team has five partners including IP star Karen Hayne, Donna Short, Jamie Nettleton, Justine Munsie and Martin O'Connor. During the research period in a notable opposition proceeding, the firm acted for Challenger Group Holdings to oppose the registration of a trade mark for the word "CHALLENGER". In another contentious matter, the team is representing gaming company TSG against The Star Entertainment group over the registration of the mark "STARSWALLET". Partner Donna Short and special counsel Hazel McDwyer joined the firm from Henry Davis York during the research period. Short had led HDY's IP group.

Baker McKenzie
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.
IP Gateway

Case studies show the firm advised companies such as Life Is Gold and Teva Pharmaceuticals on trade mark protection matters.

K&L Gates

The IP practice at K&L Gates provides a robust full IP service from portfolio management and prosecution through to litigation. The team is known for its expertise in the fashion sector. IP partners Jonathan Feder and Chris Round are the key contacts for soft IP matters. The firm represented fashion company Factory X in relation to a trade mark infringement claim in the federal court brought against CupoNation. Last year, partner Lisa Egan left the firm and special counsel Justin Lambert departed to open up his own IP boutique, Lambert Hornby. Special counsel Travis Payne went in-house at National Australia Bank.

Macpherson Kelley

Case studies show the firm dealt with trade mark office proceedings on behalf of companies such as Betta Batteries, Jimmy's on the Mall and Members Banking Group.

McCullough Robertson

The IP group at McCullough Robertson has achieved growth in the past year with new team members and clients. It uniquely has a focused eastern service offering with offices located in Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne. Clients include Telstra, Westpac, Flight Centre Travel group and Mastercard.

Head of IP Belinda Breakspear is the key contact.

The team continues to represent Flight Centre Travel Group on various trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters. It also manages the client's comprehensive trade mark portfolio around the world.

The firm added several senior professionals including veteran trade mark attorney and lawyer Michelle Betschart from Spruson and Ferguson, former in-house counsel at nbn special counsel Jake Grant, and partner Matthew McMillian who was previously at Henry Davis York for 12 years.

Shelston IP

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.

Wrays

Wrays has a thriving non-contentious and contentious trade mark practice, employing an end-to-end IP solution for clients. It follows the clients through the life cycle of its IP rights, from securing the rights to commercialising and enforcing them. Clients include Amgen, Perrigo, Motorola, Samsung, Wilson Parking and Australian Wool Innovation.

The key contacts for soft IP are chairman and principal Gary Cox and trade mark and brand protection specialist Jennifer McEwan.

In the last year, the team provided trade mark portfolio management, and protection and strategy advice to Sirtx Medical, Cash Converters, Australia Made Campagin and Bunnings Group. In an opposition, the firm successfully acted for Lab Brands before the Registrar of Trade Marks in relation to two trade mark opposition proceedings.

Principal Andrew Butler departed during the research period for DC Collins.