Australia

The patent services landscape in Australia has changed significantly in recent years thanks to a wave of public listings. One firm after another has been scooped up by big listed entities, while others remain fiercely independent. A third group consists of experienced practitioners who have taken the opportunity to set up small practices of their own. On the legal development front, innovation patents are due to be phased out with the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020 taking effect in February. Innovators are rushing to get their applications in before the 25 August 2021 deadline.

Firms: litigation

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • King & Wood Mallesons 
  • Allens
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • DLA Piper
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • MinterEllison
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Griffith Hack
  • Jones Day
  • Maddocks
  • Pearce IP
  • Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Spruson & Ferguson

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • FB Rice
  • FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Griffith Hack
  • Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Spruson & Ferguson
  • Recommended
  • Allens
  • James & Wells
  • Madderns
  • Pearce IP
  • Wrays

Firms: transactions

  • Highly recommended
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • King & Wood Mallesons 
  • Recommended
  • Ashurst
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Griffith Hack
  • Shelston IP Pty Ltd

Allens

“One of the aspects of Allens’ service that has set them apart is their ability to provide a multi-faceted overview of an entire complex legal situation. They provide excellent value, particularly dealing with complex issues when protecting our intellectual property in an aggressive business environment.” The talented team of IP lawyers and patent attorneys offers a mix of technical and legal expertise at a level that is hard to match. Keeping clients’ best business interests in mind, they “enable companies to develop complete legal strategies incorporating intellectual property and inter-related corporate and contractual matters and navigate challenging and litigious environments”. A former patent attorney at Pfizer’s European IP department, head of Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys Linda Govenlock “has an excellent technical background in pharmaceuticals” and comes “recommended for PCT national phase patent filings”. Foreign associates rely on the offering for being “an independent Australian firm not part of the large group of merged firms, which minimises conflicts of interest and cost”. “A highly regarded, experienced and respected lawyer, as well as a pleasure to work with,” Sarah Matheson comfortably handles both contentious and non-contentious patent matters. Businesses in the healthcare and life sciences sectors approach Matheson for advice on regulatory and pricing issues. Richard Hamer can frequently be found acting for pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes litigation matters. Recently, he has taken the lead in multiple cases for Pfizer involving some of its most well-known products. Andrew Wiseman “is highly professional and has the ability to break down complex legal situations into everyday language understandable by non-legal business people”. His strengths lie in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. Physics, software and electronics expert Ian Lindsay heads the mechanical and high-tech areas, while Joel Barrett’s practice focuses on IP development, commercialisation, protection and enforcement.

Ashurst

The “great team at Ashurst” offers tailor-made patent advice to companies from a diverse range of industries with a particular focus on life sciences. “Street-smart IP litigators Kellech Smith and Anita Cade stay on top of the details of each case but at the same time keep an eye on the big picture to achieve the best commercial outcome for their client.” Smith has represented patent owners before the federal, full federal and high courts of Australia and remains the adviser of choice for Apotex Australia. Life sciences, mining, energy and resources are her areas of expertise, while Cade is the go-to person for IP commercialisation advice. An “excellent practitioner”, Stuart D’Aloisio remains “calm and collected in any situation during court proceedings. He meets every challenge head on with a strong sense of purpose that often leads to the best outcome for the client, never losing sight of the way forward.” Nina Fitzgerald’s ability to de-escalate situations quickly makes her “a supportive and valuable source of reason” during complex and often stressful patent disputes. She “shows the utmost respect for both parties and remains impartial and professional”. “Nina does an excellent job in conducting proceedings, formulating case strategy on behalf of clients and instructing others as counsel, and is also hands-on in court work and preparations.”

Bird & Bird LLP

A force to be reckoned with in the pharmaceutical space, Bird & Bird’s Sydney office continues to go from strength to strength. The team, led by IP practice head Jane Owen, handles oppositions and freedom-to-operate mandates effortlessly. Lynne Lewis’ practice covers IP-related consumer and regulatory law. She fearlessly tackles high-stakes litigation while recent addition Kellie O’Flynn offers strong support as a senior associate in the IP group.

Clayton Utz

National law firm Clayton Utz resolves highly complex contentious matters with aplomb. Renowned for its “very good work”, the group dispenses expert advice on Australian aspects of international patent disputes. A superb reputation has earned it the trust of four of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. With more than 30 years’ experience dealing with media and telecoms, pharmaceutical and medical disputes, head of the IP and IT practice John Collins captains the “strong patent litigation team”. Richard Hoad focuses on IP, technology, franchising and competition and consumer law. His expertise attracts well-known names such as Bayer and one of Australia’s leading research universities. Meanwhile, special counsel Natalie Shoolman has taken the lead on several of the firm’s key patent cases over the past year.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

“Corrs consistently provides quality commercial legal advice demonstrating a real grasp of its clients’ unique needs” whether they are local non-profits or market-leading global corporations. Start-ups benefit from the Corrs Edge platform – “a tool and fantastic resource developed specifically to help entrepreneurs with legal documents and templates”. Kate Hay leads a team known for being “friendly to work with and keen to understand their clients’ specific requirements while offering reasonable pricing”. Passionate advocates for their customers’ best interests, “Corrs’ lawyers give off a feeling of ‘we are in it together’ – they work in partnership with us, rather than just represent us”. Stephen Stern applies knowledge acquired over a career spanning nearly 40 years in his work alongside Hay on Australia’s longest-running pharmaceutical patent dispute for Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck. Top-ranked litigator Grant Fisher and pharmaceutical, steel and consumer goods patent disputes expert David Fixler come “highly recommended for work in their areas of expertise. Both have considerable experience, including in pharma and biotech patent matters.” Peers refer to Fisher as “an excellent and well-seasoned patent attorney and lawyer who is hardworking, relentless and clever”. Odette Gourley knows the ins and outs of IP, competition, consumer and regulatory and administrative law. She currently represents Merck Sharp & Dohme in a high-stakes matter of great commercial significance to the pharmaceutical giant. Meanwhile, Eddie Scuderi and Frances Wheelahan expertly handle the transactional side.

Davies Collison Cave

One of the most active patent filers in the country, Davies Collison Cave maintains a firm grasp on its top-tier position in the prosecution table. A team of over 50 patent specialists caters to an impressive clientele including many well-known multinational and domestic corporations and organisations. A “very good, experienced prosecutor”, patent group manager David Webber skilfully drafts patents and handles oppositions, infringement issues, due diligence and freedom-to-operate advice. An authority in his field, he is a long-time lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Physics PhD holder Richard Brown advises on a wide range of technologies, including ICT, microelectronics and physics. A guiding light in intellectual property, the “great” organic chemistry and pharmaceutical group leader Michael Caine currently serves as president of the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia, where he has been a member since 2001. Paul Dewar and Ian Pascarl belong to an ensemble of “very strong and experienced patent litigators” operating out of Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. Finally, electrical engineer Ross Clark takes a special interest in green technology, although his expertise spans all areas of electrical engineering.

DLA Piper

Favoured by giants such as Pfizer and ResMed, DLA Piper’s Australia team is part of a global collective of 130 patent litigators with an abundance of experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Global co-chair of the patent litigation group Robynne Sanders “effectively conducts matters including strategy and overview, as well as hands-on work relating to the preparation and presentation of them in court”. Sanders enjoys a stellar reputation among her peers, who see her as a “very well-regarded and highly proficient patent lawyer”. “Greg Bodulovic forms an important part of the DLA Piper team, along with Nicholas Tyacke” who leads the Australia and Asia-Pacific life sciences practice. Bodulovic joins the rankings this year following a wave of praise from individuals familiar with his work. One refers to him as “an outstanding lawyer with strong legal and technical skills that make him well suited to patent litigation”. “I have found Greg’s input to be on-point, of a very high standard and of considerable assistance to me as a counsel. He is also great to work with. I would recommend him to clients needing patent litigation services in Australia.”

FB Rice

“Head and shoulders above the rest,” FB Rice impresses patrons with a dynamic group of patent attorneys who place great importance on cultivating and maintaining client relationships. Much of the practice’s success can be attributed to managing partner Brett Lunn, who has now shifted his focus towards advisory work in the corporate space. “Solid technical expertise across a wide range of technical areas” characterises the well-rounded team considered “a pleasure to work with”. Madeleine Kelly’s “high-quality work” in the fields of computing, electrical and electronic engineering, and medical device-related inventions has earned her the trust of individual inventors, universities and multinationals alike. Jenny Petering has made a name for herself in the biotechnology sphere thanks to her top-class strategic portfolio management. Highly passionate about Australian technological sciences, she is frequently invited to speak to the community on IP and patent-related topics. ”Ian Rourke is very strong in biotech, Rachel Hooke in medtech, and Connie Merlino in electronics and software. FB Rice also has a large body of highly motivated and effective associates, including Karin Innes.” The firm has a long-standing working relationship with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); much of this work has been left in the capable hands of Rourke and Merlino. Meanwhile, Hooke steers the medical technology and China teams with a steady hand while simultaneously acting as co-practice group leader of the engineering team. An essential part of the chemistry outfit, John Landells recently left Melbourne to expand the team in Sydney, while colleague Jeremy Dobbin remains in charge of registered designs.

FPA Patent Attorneys

FPA Patent Attorneys recently bolstered its patent practice with three new hires and two promotions, staying on course for steady growth. The patent prosecution firm boasts a high acceptance rate and stands out for making patent oppositions and re-examination proceedings a central part of its business. James Cherry “succeeds in patenting the ‘unpatentable’”, especially in the pharmaceutical and life sciences fields. Karen Bentley is highly sought after for her expertise in Southeast Asian patent management. She specialises in bio and food technology, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and life sciences. Biochemistry researcher and patent attorney Adam Denley’s “intimate knowledge of the IP space” helps clients to establish “world-class patent portfolios”. “His and FPA Patent Attorneys’ patent strategy and IP portfolio management is second to none and executed seamlessly.” Carl Harrap, Daneta Crump and John Dower, who together manage the entire Australia and New Zealand patent portfolio for one of the world’s top technology companies, are also highly recommended Harrap frequently represents clients in contentious proceedings before the Australian Patent Office. Mechanical engineering and industrial design expert Crump, a former Ford Motor Company test engineer, is an innovation advisory member at the University of Sydney’s Warren Centre. Meanwhile, Dower’s background in electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering makes him popular with foreign associates who do not hesitate to entrust him with the work of their “most important clients”. “Besides being a pleasure to work with, John is thoughtful, creative and responsive.” Chris Bird has spent 25 years accumulating a profound knowledge of physics, electronic and electrical engineering, ICT and medical technology briefs. He also advises clients on IP commercialisation. Stuart Irvine makes his first appearance in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. “He has great skill prosecuting patents through the Australian Patent Office, as well as excellent insight into the differences between US and Australian practice (and the similarities) that might lead to similar or dissimilar outcomes in the two countries. This in turn allows Stu to provide expert advice regarding prosecution strategy.” “Irvine’s knowledge of Australian law, attention to detail and quality of communication are all elite.”

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin has quickly gained wide recognition for its sound patent practice. “Worth noting for sure,” the side comprises 12 lawyers considered to be “at the top for tech litigation” by their peers. Practice leader John Lee “is an experienced IP lawyer with experience in patent transactions and patent litigation”. He has undoubtedly left his mark on Australian patent law. Through important wins, he has helped to the reshape the way in which damages in patent cases are calculated and contributed to a review of the law on patent oppositions. “The G+T team, especially Michael Williams and Chris Williams, are outstanding, positive and brave in their approach.” The star duo recently prevailed in a case representing refurbished inkjet printer cartridge distributor Calidad. Their successful appeal at the High Court of Australia resulted in the acceptance of the doctrine of exhaustion in Australia – overturning a 112-year-old precedent in the process.

Griffith Hack

Specialist IP firm Griffith Hack’s reach covers the entire breadth of Australia. In May 2020 the already substantial IP group welcomed several new members as a result of its integration with Watermark. Equipped with a physics PhD from Cambridge University, former national IP law practice leader Derek Baigent is now putting all his effort into his own technology-focused practice, comprising patent litigation and commercialisation. Head of the engineering and ICT practice David Hughes caters to some of the firm’s most well-known clients, including a leading medical devices company. Janelle Borham expertly handles matters in the life sciences and chemistry fields. She is the go-to person for issues relating to organic and inorganic chemistry. Joining from Watermark, Leanne Oitmaa “really gets her teeth into the details of a case, which is particularly comforting for clients who are concerned to know that their lawyer understands their technology field. Leanne is always efficient in her dealings with clients; there is no doubt that anything will get forgotten or lost along the way when dealing with her. She is certainly a very safe pair of hands for her cases, consistently delivering pragmatic and sensible strategic advice.”

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

“Probably the best firm in Australia in terms of reputation,” Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is famous for handling high-stakes, commercially important litigious and transactional matters, placing it at the top of both tables. One of “Freehills’ exceptional partners”, Shaun McVicar, is a “highly experienced premier patent litigator” and the global co-head of pharmaceuticals. McVicar acted in the only two pharmaceutical patent disputes to reach the High Court in the past 10 years, achieving successful outcomes for his clients on both occasions. Physics degree holder Patrick Sands is often involved in significant patent infringement and validity cases. With a background in biochemistry and genetic engineering, joint global head of intellectual property and Australian co-head of pharmaceuticals Rebekah Gay’s specialty lies in life sciences. Sue Gilchrist is the “very senior and well-respected” lawyer representing Motorola in Australian proceedings as part of global litigation against Hytera. Kristin Stammer and Amalia Stone effortlessly deal with multiple commercial and transactional briefs on a daily basis.

James & Wells

The only independent IP firm with offices in both countries, New Zealand’s James & Wells established itself in Australia in September 2019 following its acquisition of Innofy IP. Andrew Clarke attracts an impressive clientele; universities, research institutes, start-ups and Australian Securities Exchange-listed companies all turn to him for help with their IP portfolio management. Clarke, who leads the regional biotechnology team, has particular flair in the biomedical and health research sectors.

Jones Day

“Great in the pharma space,” Jones Day’s Australian patent practice excels in contentious and transactional matters. Leading practitioners Anthony Muratore and Lisa Taliadoros are well regarded by peers who would “rate them both highly”. Muratore’s more than 35 years of experience instil confidence in clients, including innovators in the pharmaceutical and life sciences space, who rely on him for assistance in disputes relating to blockbuster drugs and CRISPR gene-editing technology. Taliadoros specialises in mining, building and construction-related contentious matters. She has several landmark pharmaceutical decisions on her track record as well.

King & Wood Mallesons 

“King & Wood Mallesons consistently provides dependable, high-quality advice and assistance with a strong commercial focus.” The firm is recognised for its solid IP teams in Australia and China – where they are exceptionally well regarded by peers and clients alike. Managing partner of the dispute resolution and tax department Matthew Swinn once again defends his spot in the gold tier for litigation. He frequently litigates complex patent matters for corporations in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. Kim O’Connell specialises in life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation and possesses considerable experience in cross-border dispute resolution and transactions. Suzy Madar is the go-to name for health products companies looking to enforce their patent rights and defend themselves against infringement and opposition claims. A “very well-known, respectable and capable IP practitioner”, Scott Bouvier is an “all-rounder with broad and varied experience in patent commercialisation and disputes”. Brisbane-based John Swinson “takes a pragmatic, commercial approach to negotiation and is well respected by his peers”. “His background as a licensed New York attorney provides a unique perspective and knowledge base for his provision of advice in relation to intellectual property generally and patent law in the United States specifically.”

Madderns

“Strong in its market,” Madderns claims the title of biggest IP firm in South Australia. With patent experts in the chemistry, electronics, engineering, ICT and life sciences fields, the team is guaranteed to cover the full range of technologies. A specialised China group handles outbound and inbound briefs. Stephen O’Brien is the trusted adviser of South Australia-based businesses looking to grow their patent portfolios.

Maddocks

Maddocks is known for its strong healthcare, technology and media and telecoms practices. “Top-rated” patent litigator Ben Miller joined the firm in 2019, bringing with him deep life sciences expertise. Miller recently defended Arrow Pharmaceuticals in a case against Novartis relating to the drug fingolimod. Gina Wilson and Timothy Atkin are smart commercial litigators who work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for their clients, using innovative methods when required.

MinterEllison

MinterEllison runs a formidable, fully integrated patent attorney and patent law practice. John Fairbairn, Simone Mitchell and Nigel Lokan operate out of the Sydney office. Fairbarn takes care of IP and technology, media and telecoms disputes, while Mitchell and Lokan – both of whom joined the team in 2019 – make a powerful duo, handling pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical patent litigation with ease. Robert Cooper, Shyama Jayaswal, Kylie Diwell, Nicole Reid and Jonathan Kelp can be found in the Melbourne office. Cooper demonstrates “a great combination of experience, technical skill and cost effectiveness. He has a very good ability to narrow down the fundamental issues at play and advise on them.” A registered trans-Tasman patent attorney, Javaswal’s background is in organic chemistry. Diwell and Reid tackle transactional IP matters for clients including Monash University. Newly ranked Jonathan Kelp acts primarily on behalf of companies in the pharmaceutical sector, although his practice covers a wide range of industries.

Pearce IP

“Pearce IP delivers to clients the same quality as top-tier international law firms, but for a fraction of the price.” The life sciences-focused firm offers something special to both patrons and employees, as its impressive growth spurt over the past year can be partly attributed to a range of talent joining from other ranked firms in this chapter. The “fiercely intelligent” Naomi Pearce “combines a unique skill set of being a science qualified lawyer and patent attorney with extensive in-house experience, allowing her to bring to the fore a very client-focused and practical approach. This experience also gives her an edge, as she understands the entire life cycle of matters, ranging from inception through to marketing and disputes. This is, frankly, gold to clients because they have someone who genuinely understands their commercial needs and has combined it with the skills of a strategic litigator.” “Calm and confident,” Pearce manages to keep a cool head even when the pressure is on. Grant Shoebridge comes across as a “punctual individual and deep thinker who always goes the extra mile to strive for a beneficial outcome. He never misses a deadline and is very easy to work with. An excellent communicator and listener who offers commercially relevant options when prosecution issues arise.” Jennifer Enmon is another commendable practitioner whose “knowledge and experience of European, as well as US, patent law is a huge asset, as it provides a very special type of consultancy that can be found with none or very few other attorneys in the field”. Producing work “of the highest possible quality”, Enmon takes great care to “go through every detail of a case until she finds the one tiny detail that may make the difference for her client”. Her people skills and perseverance also deserve recognition; she makes patrons feel “valued, never like a burden that’s just a source of income. She never gives up, even when I had given up all hope, and thanks to her tenacity we had several patents granted in the end after nearly two years.”

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick’s focus on client relationships and “track record of providing excellent, thoroughly researched advice on technical issues” have resulted in long-standing cooperation between the firm and many of its patrons. The team, spearheaded by Ross McFarlane, manages the portfolios of an enviable customer base. Huawei is only one of the numerous renowned companies that have made MacFarlane their attorney of choice. Chemistry and life sciences team leader Ray Evans’ “ability to engage with scientists, innovators, industry managers and company owners and his keen eye for critical events and paths of management” make him a valuable asset. Special counsel Mark Williams works alongside Evans on strategic advisory work for the CSIRO, while Saskia Jahn expertly prepares patent specification, engages in multi-jurisdictional patent prosecution and provides patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. David Longmuir’s practice focuses on litigation in the biotech, pharmaceutical and plant breeders’ rights sphere. Longmuir and Chris Schlicht represent Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia in a case where the full court’s decision will constitute the very first consideration of its power under Section 105(1A), introduced by the Raising the Bar Act. Entering the Australia rankings this year are physics, electrical engineering and computer technologies-focused Matthew Ford and engineering team leader Edwin Patterson. Ford “is extremely invested in the development of his clients’ businesses, providing guidance and assistance that is of great value. He takes personal interest in creating value for the client and is always just a phone call away.”

Shelston IP Pty Ltd

A minority among Australian patent attorney firms, Shelston provides the full gamut of IP services, including IP litigation, commercialisation and prosecution. The team has developed a strong reputation for its Asia practice, especially among businesses with their eyes set on the Chinese market. In recent years the side has been handling the lion’s share of Chinese IP work coming into Australia. Paul Harrison specialises in chemical engineering and physical and process chemistry, while Greg Whitehead effortlessly drafts, prosecutes and defends patents for clients in the field of mechanical engineering. Formerly with MinterEllison, highly esteemed Michael Christie joined the group in May 2020 to take charge of the life sciences practice. On the commercial law side, team captain Chris Bevitt handles transactional matters with aplomb.

Spruson & Ferguson

Praised for being “a leading IP firm in Australia and Asia able to provide the highest level of advice and service to clients”, it is no wonder that Spruson & Ferguson is the go-to firm for many foreign clients filing in Australia. In fact, it has defended its position as the country’s top filer for five years in a row. A team of nearly 50 patent attorneys tends to the needs of numerous market-leading corporations in diverse industries. Chemical and life sciences leader Simon Potter is a recognised expert on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance, while litigator Khajaque Kortian easily wraps his head around even the most complex of technical issues and commercial contexts.

Wrays

2020 was a busy year for Wrays. In May the firm merged with Melbourne-based Smoorenburg Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, enabling it to accommodate the demands of a quickly growing client base. On the patent portfolio front, Wrays now tends to the entire portfolio of BlueScope Steel and was appointed IP strategy provider for Lion Pty Ltd. A former patent examiner at the Australian Patent Office, chair Gary Cox has been working in intellectual property for over 30 years. Todd Shand balances contentious and non-contentious work in the life sciences sector, while biochemistry PhD holder Linda Kennaugh dazzles onlookers with her knowledge of antibody technologies. Heading the chemical patent group, Peter Caporn focuses on mineral processing and chemical engineering technologies, serving happy clients both domestically and abroad.

Other recommended experts

Commercialisation maven Anthony Alder’s 10 years of in-house experience and background in biotechnology appeal greatly to companies in the medical devices sector. Mechanical engineer Hayden Barke operates out of Argon IP in Melbourne. Before founding the one-person firm, he was part of the team at Griffith Hack and Davies Collison Cave. Solubility Pty Ltd’s Jeff Bergmann has dedicated his 25-year career to commercialising intellectual property for a diverse group of rights holders. Specialising in electrical engineering, mechatronics, ICT and software engineering, Michael Buck IP namesake Michael Buck’s “attention to detail gives clients the peace of mind that he isn’t rushing anything. He always asks a lot of questions for each patent application. His temperament is perfect for his role – calm, organised, methodical and a good communicator.” Along with the “truly brilliant people he has on his team”, Buck assures patrons that “no other patent attorney could care as much as Michael, or be as committed as him and his firm. They would spend a lot of time with us, really getting to the core of our technology, taking as much delight in it as the people in our organisation who actually made it.” “Probably the best IP licensing and chain title expert in Australia,” Catherine Boxhall is the principal and director of Integra Law. “She is incredibly detailed and knowledgeable, driving our due diligence process for intellectual property and in many cases fixing issues before we invest.” “Excellent strategist” Wayne Condon litigates patents with a commercial mindset at Biopharmalex. Clients “highly recommend” Michael Cooper of eponymous Cooper IP “to any person or firm for his patent work because of his professionalism and ability to get patents granted”. “He has the ability to understand the intricacies of inventions which helps in the application of patent and to articulate the information so the examiner understands it.” In addition, “Michael is approachable, accessible and straightforward”. “His engineering background means we can communicate easily on technical matters and his ability to simplify complex legal issues means we have a better understanding of what is going on and what we need to do to secure our IP rights.” FAL Lawyers’ Peter Francis and Jenni Lightowlers are authorities on technology commercialisation and establishing research entities, respectively. Formerly with FPA Patent Attorneys, Tom Gumley recently took the plunge and established SweatequityIP. Belinda Hartmann heads the patent practice at LegalVision. The former CSIRO postdoctoral fellow wields a PhD in bioengineering and biotechnology. Having spent 47 years at Allens, the illustrious Philip Kerr is now senior patent counsel at Quinn Emanuel. Mills Oakley’s James Lawrence “provides excellent advice for patent transaction and patent litigation work”. Now a partner at Blackwattle IP, Paul Mahony has “a depth of experience and technical acumen which is unmatched in Australia. He adds to those attributes a combination of deep analytical insight and a strategic approach that sets him apart in the field of computer-related inventions.” Beyond that, Mahony’s “attention to detail is tremendous. He picks up the smallest detail and brings it to the client’s attention without being requested to do so. He also makes himself available at all hours of the day.” “Paul truly has the client’s best interest at heart. He never recommends the simplest option to make things easier for himself.” Chief counsel of the Gadens disputes group, Glenn McGowan stands out for being the only private practice senior counsel ranked in the IAM Patent 1000 Australia chapter. The commercially savvy Melissa McGrath of Coleman Greig’s commercial advice team nurtures “fruitful two-way relationships, where she will notify us, the client, when she comes across interesting issues that we should be aware of”. McGrath is known for being “a very experienced and pragmatic IP lawyer and litigator, very good at engaging with clients and quickly getting to the critical issue”. Her “commitment and initiative” are noteworthy. “She is experienced in disputes, as well as strategic advice and commercial deals.” Licensing master Rob McInnes is another fan favourite who “blends a strong technical capability with many years of licence deal making and a strong appreciation for the application of IP law in many jurisdictions, turning it all into commercially practicable IP licensing advice.” “Great value for money,” the skilled negotiator “can spot a shifting landscape and adjust like no one else can”. Innovators say that “Rob is the right person to have in your corner. I have worked with a lot of lawyers and advisers over the years and can honestly say I have learned more from Rob than any of the others. He is extremely sharp – both legally and commercially – and just a great guy whose company I’ve enjoyed.” As well as being able to “take complex IP matters and simplify them into educational advice”, McInnes “understands that some organisations have multiple stakeholders to appease and tailors his approach accordingly”. Wayne McMaster now operates as a solo practitioner. The former Allens lawyer is the ideal choice for high-level strategic IP advice. Dentons’ Scott Sloan has dedicated 30 years of his life to intellectual property, more specifically patent, trademark and copyright litigation, with an interest in IP commercialisation. Over at Laminar IP, dual-qualified Australia and New Zealand patent attorney Mark Teoh “provides invaluable advice and assistance to businesses relating to the establishment of comprehensive patent and design portfolios in Australia and overseas markets”. Teoh’s personal qualities keep clients coming back for more. “In addition to his vast technical knowledge, Mark is dependable, dedicated and the ultimate professional. He shows a keen interest not only in our inventions and technologies, but also in our business.” Going above and beyond expectations, “he is very willing to give up his time free of charge to discuss new developments and his attentiveness to detail and ability to simplify legal terminology is invaluable and clearly highlights his quality of service”. Matthew Ward takes an innovative approach to IP protection at Forward Intellectual Property, having fine-tuned his skills over nearly two decades as a patent attorney and lawyer. The highly respected Kieran Williams moved from Shelston IP to Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys in May 2020.

Individuals: litigation

  • Grant Fisher - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Sue Gilchrist - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Shaun McVicar - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Matthew Swinn - King & Wood Mallesons
  • John F Collins - Clayton Utz
  • Robert Cooper - MinterEllison
  • David Fixler - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Rebekah Gay - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Odette M Gourley - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Richard Hamer - Allens
  • Kate Hay - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Richard Hoad - Clayton Utz
  • Shyama Jayaswal - MinterEllison
  • Philip Kerr - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • John Lee - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Sarah Matheson - Allens
  • Wayne McMaster - MinterEllison
  • Ben Miller - Maddocks
  • Anthony Muratore - Jones Day
  • Kim O'Connell - King & Wood Mallesons
  • Jane Owen - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Ian Pascarl - Davies Collison Cave
  • Naomi Pearce - Pearce IP
  • Robynne Sanders - DLA Piper
  • Patrick Sands - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Kellech Smith - Ashurst
  • Stephen Stern - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • John Swinson - King & Wood Mallesons
  • Lisa Taliadoros - Jones Day
  • Nicholas Tyacke - DLA Piper
  • Timothy Atkin - Maddocks
  • Derek Baigent - Griffith Hack
  • Wayne M Condon - Biopharmalex
  • Gary Cox - Wrays
  • Stuart D'Aloisio - Ashurst
  • Paul Dewar - Davies Collison Cave
  • John Fairbairn - MinterEllison
  • Nina Fitzgerald - Ashurst
  • Jonathan Kelp - MinterEllison
  • Khajaque Kortian - Spruson & Ferguson
  • James Lawrence - Mills Oakley
  • Lynne Lewis - Bird & Bird LLP
  • David Longmuir - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Suzy Madar - King & Wood Mallesons
  • Glenn McGowan QC - Gadens
  • Melissa McGrath - Coleman Greig Lawyers
  • Simone Mitchell - MinterEllison
  • Leanne Oitmaa - Griffith Hack
  • Chris Schlicht - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Natalie Shoolman - Clayton Utz
  • Scott Sloan - Dentons
  • Chris Williams - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Michael Williams - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Gina Wilson - Maddocks

Individuals: prosecution

  • Anthony Alder - Alder IP
  • Hayden Barke - Argon IP
  • Karen Bentley - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Chris Bird - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Janelle Borham - Griffith Hack
  • Richard Brown - Davies Collison Cave
  • Michael Buck - Michael Buck IP
  • Michael Caine - Davies Collison Cave
  • Peter Caporn - Wrays
  • James Cherry - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Michael Christie - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Ross Clark - Davies Collison Cave
  • Andrew Clarke - James & Wells
  • Michael Cooper - Cooper IP
  • Gary Cox - Wrays
  • Daneta Crump - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Adam Denley - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Jeremy Dobbin - FB Rice
  • John Dower - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Jennifer Enmon - Pearce IP
  • Ray Evans - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Matthew Ford - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Linda Govenlock - Allens
  • Tom Gumley - SweatequityIP
  • Carl Harrap - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Paul Harrison - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Belinda Hartmann - LegalVision
  • Rachel Hooke - FB Rice
  • David Hughes - Griffith Hack
  • Karin Innes - FB Rice
  • Stuart Irvine - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Saskia Jahn - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Madeleine Kelly - FB Rice
  • Linda Kennaugh - Wrays
  • John Landells - FB Rice
  • Ian Lindsay - Allens
  • Nigel Lokan - MinterEllison
  • Brett Lunn - FB Rice
  • Paul Mahony - Blackwattle IP
  • Ross McFarlane - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Connie Merlino - FB Rice
  • Stephen O’Brien - Madderns
  • Edwin Patterson - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Jenny Petering - FB Rice
  • Simon Potter - Spruson & Ferguson
  • Ian Rourke - FB Rice
  • Todd Shand - Wrays
  • Grant Shoebridge - Pearce IP
  • Mark Teoh - LAMINAR IP
  • Matthew Ward - Forward Intellectual Property
  • David Webber - Davies Collison Cave
  • Greg Whitehead - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Kieran Williams - Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Mark Williams - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Individuals: transactions

  • Scott Bouvier - King & Wood Mallesons
  • Robert B McInnes - Rob McInnes IP Advisory Pty Ltd
  • Kristin Stammer - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Jeff Bergmann - Solubility Pty Ltd
  • Chris Bevitt - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Catherine Boxhall - Integra Law Pty Ltd
  • Anita Cade - Ashurst
  • Kylie Diwell - MinterEllison
  • Peter Francis - FAL Lawyers
  • Tom Gumley - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Jenni Lightowlers - FAL Lawyers
  • Nicole Reid - MinterEllison
  • Eddie Scuderi - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Amalia Stone - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Frances Wheelahan - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Chris Williams - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Andrew Wiseman - Allens