IP STARS Reviews

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's IP team in Australia handles a range of IP matters including registration and disputes work. The key partners in the firm are Jane Owen, Lynne Lewis and Troy Gurnett. Owen is the main lawyer for patent disputes. Shehana Wijesena, Shariqa Mestroni and Rebecca Currey are practitioners to watch.


In July 2022, Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys merged with FPA Patent Attorneys and Davies Collison Cave. All three firms are owned by the ASX-listed IP company QANTM Intellectual Property. 

FB Rice

FB Rice is a leading independent Australian IP firm which is highly recommended by market commentators for IP protection work. The firm has experienced patent specialists for technical areas such as biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, and medical device. It offers IP searching and watching services via a company known as Athena IP. It has a team for R&D tax advice. Medical device patent attorney Brett Lunn serves as the firm's managing partner.

FPA Patent Attorneys

FPA Patent Attorneys only deals with patent work. It is a top-tier firm for patent protection and portfolio management. The firm has patent attorneys across key fields such as biotechnology, computer technology and engineering. The team is also experienced in Patent Office proceedings and litigation support. Electrical engineering specialist John Dower serves as managing partner. The firm is owned by the ASX-listed IP company QANTM Intellectual Property. In July 2022, the practice of Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys was integrated into FPA Patent Attorneys and Davies Collison Cave. 

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is an international law firm with a strong IP practice in Australia. IP Star Sue Gilchrist leads its practice, which is best known for disputes work. The firm also has experienced lawyers for non-contentious IP matters, especially IP transactions.

Macpherson Kelley

Macpherson Kelley has a team that can advise on IP commercialisation, protection and enforcement in Australia. The firm is recognised for its soft IP practice. The IP department is led by Paul Kirton, who is supported by principals Belinda Sigismundi and Mark Metzeling. Georgette Georges is a notable junior lawyer in the department.


Madderns is an independently owned patent and trade mark attorney firm which services clients across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Chemistry patent specialist Jeff Holman is the firm's managing partner.

The firm has several domestic clients and patent attorneys in technical fields such as engineering, computer technology, life sciences and chemistry. It has trade mark clients in a range of sectors, including beverage and fashion. In addition to filing and prosecution work, the firm can also handle trade mark disputes.

McCullough Robertson

Australian law firm McCullough Robertson has a team of lawyers to advise on IP disputes, transactions and trade mark protection. Belinda Breakspear leads the firm’s IP practice. She is supported by partners Alex Hutchens, Matthew McMillan, Peter Stokes, and Tim Case.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended for IP transactions and soft IP matters in Australia. Frances Drummond leads the IP practice. She is supported by life sciences lawyer Bernard O'Shea and IP litigator Jackie O'Brien. Another notable partner in the IP department is brands lawyer Georgina Hey.

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Independent IP firm Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick is highly recommended for IP protection and portfolio management. Electronics patent attorney Ross McFarlane and litigator Chris Schlicht lead the firm. Veteran IP lawyer Greg Chambers, who is now a consultant, serves as chairman. The firm offers legal services, including litigation, through its sister firm Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers. It has patent attorneys across key technical fields, including biotechnology, chemistry, mechanics, and electronics.

Edwin Patterson, Raffaele Calabrese, Saskia Jahn, Scott Whitmore, and Alyssa Telfer are among the experienced patent attorneys in the firm. Veteran biotech patent attorney Justin Dibbens is still with the firm but serves as a consultant. For disputes, the notable litigators are Malcolm Bell, Chris Schlicht and David Longmuir. Bell also handles patent filing and prosecution work. Michael O’Donnell leads its trade mark practice, with support from trade mark principals such as Russell Waters and Anita Brown.

Spruson & Ferguson

In September 2021, IPH announced that Shelston IP will operate under the Spruson & Ferguson brand in Australia. Shelston IP became part of the IPH group following the acquisition of Xenith IP in August 2019. The acquisition brought in other Xenith IP companies (Glasshouse Advisory, Griffith Hack and Watermark) under the IPH umbrella.

Before the integration of Shelston IP, Spruson & Ferguson already had strength in depth for IP protection and disputes work in Australia. Patent attorney Simon Potter is among the leaders in its patent protection practice. Other notable senior patent attorneys include Elizabeth Barrett, Daniel Sieveking, Edward Genocchio and Andrew Cale. Khajaque Kortian is in charge of its legal department. 

Before the integration, Shelston IP had a strong reputation for patent protection work, with expertise in sectors such as life sciences, chemistry, and mechanical engineering. For patent protection matters, its key contacts were Allira Hudson-Gofers and Gareth Dixon. Other notable senior patent attorneys included Charles Tansey, Caroline Bommer, and Michael Christie.

Shelston IP also had a legal team, led by managing director Chris Bevitt, to advise on IP litigation and commercialisation. Michael Deacon, who deals with trade mark protection and commercial IP work, Mark Vincent, and Duncan Longstaff were the notable lawyers in its legal department.