Australia

Over the past few years, the patent attorney services market in Australia has stratified into three broad camps: patent attorney firms that form part of a listed entity, independent patent attorney and law firms, and so-called ‘micro-practices’ with a headcount of fewer than 10. Given the trans-Tasman nature of the patent attorney qualification in Australia and New Zealand, the latter is also seeing changes that mirror the situation in its neighbouring country. Increasingly, the markets are moving towards closer integration as the past few years have witnessed not only the expansion of Australian firms into New Zealand, but most recently in the other direction as well.

Firms: litigation

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons 
  • Allens
  • Ashurst Australia
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Davies Collison Cave 
  • DLA Piper
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • MinterEllison
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Griffith Hack
  • Jones Day
  • Maddocks
  • 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
  • Wrays

Firms: transactions

Allens

“Allens’ pragmatic team provides good value for money because it leverages an excellent understanding of clients’ businesses and technologies to offer concise advice and can fulfil their IP needs with minimal input. Its attorneys are very diligent and proactive in advising on patentability issues and suggesting ways to consolidate patent applications where possible. It also helps that Allens advisers go beyond intellectual property to holistically advise clients on regulatory affairs, competition law and contractual issues. Equally importantly, the firm is willing to provide flexibility in pricing arrangements that makes it agile in responding to clients’ business needs.” Linda Govenlock was a patent attorney at Pfizer’s European IP department before becoming head of Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys; she is peerless when it comes to patent-term extensions. Sarah Matheson operates seamlessly across the contentious/non-contentious divide; her strong suit lies in regulatory and pricing issues in the healthcare sector. Richard Hamer leads a busy contentious practice and is kept active defending the validity of three Wyeth patents and one Pfizer patent in relation to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, having acted for Pfizer to successfully thwart the sale of a generic analgesic by Apotex and Generic Partners. Andrew Wiseman possesses superb sectoral knowledge in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries.

Ashurst Australia

Kellech Smith, Anita Cade, Stuart D'Aloisio and Nina Fitzgerald are part of the winning line-up of Ashurst Australia’s patent team, which maintains a special focus on pharmaceutical patents while covering the full gamut of patentable technology. A long-term adviser to generic pharmaceuticals market leader Apotex Australia, “the exceptionally calm and pragmatic” Smith is a source of inspiring advice on biosimilars, regulatory and infringement issues, as well as contractual agreements. Cade commands a mix of pre-eminent Australasian and foreign clients, which entrust her with many contentious, commercialisation and other commercial IP instructions. D'Aloisio and Fitzgerald are the newest patent partners. D'Aloisio focuses on a wide breadth of industry sectors including energy and resources, manufacturing, logistics and life sciences, while Fitzgerald – having completed a stint at a top-ranked patent law firm in Hong Kong – is praised for her “incredibly hard-working and client-focused” style of service.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird’s Sydney office has had a red-letter year characterised by a growing number and range of instructions. Ever focused on the pharmaceutical sector, the firm is increasingly sought after for its ability in tackling oppositions and freedom-to-operate mandates. IP practice head Jane Owen has been leading the team with a sure hand; she recently hired senior associate Kellie O’Flynn to meet the outfit’s rising workload. Lynne Lewis is an authority on IP, consumer and regulatory law.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is a national law firm with a sizable team of IP partners, based in four offices, who cover the biotech and pharmaceutical, energy and resources, and telecoms sectors. The set’s chief claim to fame is its strong track record in resolving contentious matters. John Collins proudly flies the flag for the IP and IT practice; the 30-year seasoned attorney has substantial experience in handling media and telecoms, and pharmaceutical and medical devices disputes. Partner Richard Hoad is an IP, technology, franchising and competition and consumer law guru who has acted for Bayer (formerly Monsanto) for 18 years.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s ensemble of patent experts “brings to the table a strong work ethic, attention to detail, thoughtfulness and innovative approaches to challenging patent problems”. Practice leader Kate Hay “is extremely talented and client-focused, exemplifying the firm’s consistent achievement of high-value commercial outcomes for her clients”. Hay is a much-revered enforcer of IP rights – as is Grant Fisher. “He is an excellent lawyer who works tirelessly and smartly to arrive at the best possible outcomes for clients, and Stephen Stern’s reputation as a peerless and agile litigator is unparalleled in Australia, thanks to his steadfast dedication to patent litigation over the past three decades.” David Fixler is a force to be reckoned with in pharmaceutical, steel and consumer goods patent disputes. Peers commend Odette Gourley for “handling contentious matters extremely well”; her expertise encompasses IP, competition, consumer and regulatory and administrative law. Eddie Scuderi provides private and public entities with must-have advice on IP, competition and consumer law issues, as well as other transactional frameworks and agreements. Frances Wheelahan is a specialist in transactional briefs who ably advises companies navigating the interface of IP, technology and commercial matters.

Davies Collison Cave 

A darling of large corporations and organisations, Davies Collison Cave is one of the most prolific filers of patents in Australia. Its band of patent attorneys, litigators and transactional lawyers is the crème de la crème of the country, with the side recently opening a Wellington office to mark its physical expansion across the Tasman Sea. David Webber manages the patent group with poise; based in Melbourne, he has served a wide array of clients – from start-ups and research institutions through to major corporations – to their utmost satisfaction. Holder of a PhD in physics from the University of Melbourne, Richard Brown is an incredibly versatile operator across information and communication technology (ICT), electronics and physics-related fields. Organic chemistry and pharmaceutical group leader Michael Caine’s pre-eminent standing in the IP community is demonstrated by his presidentship at the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA). Paul Dewar heads up the Sydney patent litigation group, while Ian Pascarl is the firm’s key litigator in Melbourne, to which Ross Clark has returned to after spending three years in Singapore.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Australian patent group belongs to a global network of more than 130 patent litigators who collectively share a bird’s eye view of patent legal developments around the world. In Australia, it is most renowned as a major patent service provider for Pfizer and ResMed. Robynne Sanders supervises 11 partners as global co-chair of the patent litigation group and is one of the most tenacious patent litigators in the country. Leader of the Australian and Asia-Pacific life sciences practice, Nicholas Tyacke is the only individual ranked in this chapter with substantial patent litigation experience in both Australia and the United States. New blood Nikki Kahn has a mechanical engineering background and is a solicitor and barrister in Victoria and New Zealand. Having racked up in-house experience in China and New Zealand – on top of six years as a patent attorney at AJ Park – she is an emerging talent at DLA Piper.

FB Rice

In addition to checking the boxes for the traditional metrics of service quality such as reliability, technical excellence and fast responsiveness, FB Rice is leading the industry by a long shot in championing modern workplaces that make clients long for more. In the words of one patron: “One great thing about working with FB Rice is that it demonstrates values in line with ours, things like supporting diversity, a healthy work-life balance and a genuine, human connection and the ability to think outside the confines of the traditional firm.” These incredible achievements can be attributed to managing partner Brett Lunn’s vision for the company. Having moved into a mostly advisory capacity, he continues to provide input into corporates’ strategy formulation and execution. Madeleine Kelly, Connie Merlino, Jenny Petering, Karin Innes and Rachel Hooke represent the outfit’s robust female leadership. “Kelly meets the requirements expected of an external counsel – she is an excellent communicator with the client’s patent attorneys as well as her own technical team – managing cases without a hitch.” Kelly is an expert on computing, telecommunications, electronics and medical device-related inventions, while partner Merlino belongs to the Sydney ICT team and is one of the lead attorneys serving the famous Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Ian Rourke is another FB Rice CSIRO team member, who ensures that Genetic Technologies’ IP portfolio develops in tandem with the overall company objectives. Hailing from the Melbourne biotech team, Petering is a fan favourite of universities, hospitals, cooperative research centres and research institutes, as well as corporates large and small. As Petering’s junior, sources say that Innes “never disappoints clients by providing a consistently high-level service, navigating complex technical and legal issues through proceedings using her clear, practical and timely communication skills and deep understanding of commercial issues”. Hooke leads both the medical technology and China business teams; medical devices companies and hospitals look to her for excellent, strategic advice on domestic and global IP strategies. Chemistry maven John Landells has a stellar track record for winning patent oppositions. Meanwhile, registered designs team leader Jeremy Dobbin is a familiar face representing FB Rice at international conferences and conventions.

FPA Patent Attorneys

FPA Patent Attorneys is on great form, having achieved a marked growth in revenue over the past financial year and either hired or promoted a number of new patent attorneys, including Emma van Embden, who won the IPTA Institute Prize. The firm has a strong emphasis on patent oppositions and re-examination proceedings and dominates the Australian market with the highest acceptance rate and number of accepted applications for computing and data processing-related inventions. Managing director James Cherry is responsible for shaping the side’s success and for maintaining “a stable team of patent attorneys who work seamlessly as one team”. Cherry is a biotech buff – and so is Karen Bentley; virology, CRISPR and nucleoside analogues are just some of her strong suits. Adam Denley is a biochemistry researcher and patent attorney with 14 peer-reviewed articles and reviews to his name. On the electronics side, Carl Harrap, Daneta Crump and John Dower form an all-star squad that dutifully safeguards and maximises the value of the Australian and New Zealand portfolio of an influential technology giant. Harrap has substantial experience in contentious proceedings before the Australian Patent Office, while Crump was formerly a Ford Motor Company test engineer; she is also an innovation advisory member at the University of Sydney’s Warren Centre. Dower’s background in electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering makes him a versatile operator, so much so that he also works on the Australian portfolio of a global energy company. Chris Bird is another flexible adviser. He is proficient in IP commercialisation, as well as physics, electronic and electrical engineering, ICT and medical technology briefs, having honed his craft for more than 25 years.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) has emerged as a serious player in the patent space in only a short timeframe, with clients commending its “pragmatic approach, clear and prompt communication, and ability to handle the most difficult matters”. “G+T lawyers treat client relationships as a genuine and equal partnership in which they invest the time to understand the business, people and culture of the client, and so the legal solutions offered to clients are invariably tailored to each business. Responses to enquiries are almost instant and the work is always of the highest quality, which makes the firm’s fee quite reasonable.” Practice leader John Lee has done a sterling job increasing the total revenue at the G+T patent practice. The silver-tongued litigator has a sparkling track record in Federal Court patent litigation proceedings, having won seven first-instance trials over the past four years. A high point for head of intellectual property Michael Williams was representing Encompass and SAI Global in a landmark appeal against InfoTrack Pty Ltd involving the patentability of computer software, which was heard by a rare, enlarged bench of five Federal Court judges. Chris Williams recently succeeded in an appeal for Imdex Limited against Globaltech Corporation in relation to a patent for a method of orienting a rock sample.

Griffith Hack

“Well respected and great at their jobs, Griffith Hack exemplifies a smart and targeted approach to patenting issues. Griffith Hack attorneys have deep knowledge and expertise and can understand the thinking in the inventor’s head; taking that on board in their advice to maximise IP ownership and value is very cost-effective.” As of April 2020, Griffith Hack will have absorbed Watermark. National practice group leader for electricals, information technology and physics, Nick Mountford is au fait at overcoming examiners’ objections to patent applications for computer-implemented inventions. Cambridge University physics PhD holder Derek Baigent leads the national IP law practice. Most recently, in a Federal Court dispute with two Russian nationals, he obtained an interlocutory judgment in favour of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Engineering dynamo David Hughes is sought after by a leading medical devices company, while Janelle Borham is the name to note on the life sciences and chemistry side. She serves local and international clients equally well, focusing especially on organic chemistry, food technology, energy technology and ionic liquids.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Endowed with an all-star line-up of patent advisers working as a cohesive team, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) operates one of the slickest patent practices in Australia, which routinely takes on the most commercially important contentious and transactional mandates. Patrick Sands and Shaun McVicar have been defending Apotex in patent infringement proceedings filed by Neurim Pharmaceuticals. “A pleasure to work with, Sands is not only technically excellent, but also never loses sight of the commercial goals.” McVicar is HSF’s global head of pharmaceuticals, possessing almost 30 years of experience in patent litigation. Rebekah Gay wears the captain’s armband in Australia for Ariosa Diagnostics’ Federal Court proceedings in relation to non-invasive prenatal testing. Having worked in the London HSF IP team for two years, she now heads the Australian pharmaceutical practice group with verve. The lead counsel representing Apple in the Apple v Samsung patent and design litigation, Sue Gilchrist has also been representing Motorola in a patent and copyright dispute against Hytera. Finally, Kristin Stammer and Amalia Stone work magic on numerous commercial and transactional briefs daily.

James & Wells

New Zealand firm James & Wells set up its physical presence in Australia when it acquired Brisbane-based Innofy IP in September 2019. The young and ambitious Andrew Clarke has built up a successful client base consisting of universities, research institutes, start-ups and Australian Securities Exchange-listed companies; he now heads James & Wells’s biotech group in Australia.

Jones Day

Jones Day’s Australian patent practice is characterised by a strong emphasis on contentious and transactional mandates. Anthony Muratore is a reassuring presence, tapping into over 35 years of wisdom to advise clients on the newest patent conundrums. Most recently, he has been representing pharmaceutical and life sciences clients on disputes relating to blockbuster drugs and CRISPR gene-editing technology. Leader of the Australian IP practice, Lisa Taliadoros has several pharmaceutical landmark decisions to her name and is adept at handling disputes in mining, building and construction areas as well.

King & Wood Mallesons 

King & Wood Mallesons operates some of the best patent and IP teams in both Australia and China, which never fail to render “clear, timely and solution-oriented advice that incorporates a deep understanding of the client’s business and business goals while staying within budget constraints”. Commanding immense respect from peers and clients alike, sources praise Matthew Swinn’s “calm and measured” personality. “He is very agile in responding to client enquiries with clear and on-point suggestions that achieve miraculous commercial outcomes.” Working as part of a seamless team that pushes the envelope of the law, Swinn and Kim O’Connell have been representing Sigma and Alphapharm respectively from the Melbourne and Sydney bureaux in cross-claims proceedings to compute damages suffered by their clients pursuant to an interlocutory injunction covering venlafaxine X obtained by Wyeth. Newest partner Suzy Madar focuses her practice on the healthcare sector and was also involved in the Sigma proceedings. Scott Bouvier operates across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Lately, he has been advising Silicon Quantum Computing, the University of Sydney and CSIRO on commercialisation projects. Brisbane-based John Swinson is a tactful disputes and commercial lawyer who seizes every opportunity for settlement – and rarely fails.

Madderns

Madderns is South Australia’s biggest and best IP firm. Through its chemistry, electronics, engineering, ICT and life sciences teams, it offers clients the full breadth of technical expertise. It also has a dedicated China group, which makes light work of outbound and inbound briefs to and from China. Stephen O’Brien is a key ally for South Australian companies expanding their global IP portfolios and businesses.

Maddocks

Maddocks has a bustling healthcare and technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice, and with Ben Miller joining in February 2019, the firm is now a serious contender on the patent litigation front, particularly when it comes to life sciences. Miller is currently defending Arrow Pharmaceuticals in a Federal Court appeal brought by Novartis over the fingolimod drug. Gina Wilson successfully defended Generic Partners from GlaxoSmithKline’s patent infringement appeal over a patent relating to a sustained release paracetamol bilayer tablet. Meanwhile, Timothy Atkin is a commercial litigation whizz who recently reached a settlement on behalf of Netcomm Wireless with Corning Optical Communications.

MinterEllison

MinterEllison’s determination to augment its patent capabilities and offering is demonstrated by the arrival of Simone Mitchell and Nigel Lokan from K&L Gates. Mitchell and Lokan make a formidable team tackling pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical patent litigations, with the former advising clients on legal issues as well as regulatory affairs in relation to therapeutic goods, cosmetics, chemicals and foods, while the latter’s PhD in organic chemistry, photochemistry qualification and 17 years of experience provide vital technical support. Lokan is also internationally renowned for his “excellence in prosecuting complex life sciences and chemistry-related patents”. The Sydney-based duo – along with IP and TMT disputes partner John Fairbairn – mirror the Melbourne team of Robert Cooper, Shyama Jayaswal, Kylie Diwell, Nicole Reid and Wayne McMaster. Cooper and Jayaswal have enjoyed a superb run in resisting and applying for injunctions, respectively. Cooper successfully resisted Sanofi’s applications for an interlocutory injunction at first instance and subsequently at appeal, safeguarding Alphapharm’s first biologic medicine in Australia from allegations of infringement, while Jayaswal obtained both an urgent interim injunction and an interlocutory injunction for Pfizer Australia, which prevented InterPharma from launching its generic product. Diwell and Reid are MinterEllison’s IP-focused transactional lawyers, crafting watertight patent licensing, commercialisation and joint venture agreements. Finally, senior patent legal counsel McMaster has more than 30 years’ experience in IP, regulatory and technology law covering patent prosecution, litigation and licensing.

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick is one of, if not the best patent attorney firm in Australia when it comes to maintaining decades-long, happy client relationships, not least thanks to its “incredible attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines despite mounting time pressure and extensive international contacts”, as well as its success in maintaining a stable environment where 38 patent attorneys can focus entirely on understanding and fulfilling client needs – a credit to the stewardship of managing partner Ross McFarlane in meeting the company’s strategic objectives. Chemistry and life sciences team coordinator Ray Evans is among the most critically acclaimed adviser at the practice; his combination of a strong academic and industry background with close to four decades of patent experience makes him an exceptional client draw. For computer science and electrical engineering briefs, newly promoted special counsel Mark Williams is the patent portfolio manager in Australia for Amazon and Visa International Service Association. Saskia Jahn is another patent attorney serving Visa; her technical breadth encompasses clean technology, electrical engineering, ICT and software, and physics. Patent attorney and lawyer David Longmuir focuses on litigation relating to biotech, pharmaceutical and plant breeders’ rights. Alongside key litigator Chris Schlicht, the pair has been representing Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia before the full court in relation to a patent application for methods for identifying cattle with particular traits using DNA markers.

Shelston IP Pty Ltd

The impeccably qualified team of patent attorneys and attorneys at law at Shelston IP has achieved great success in recent years, especially in tapping into the Chinese market. Processing one out of every 15 applications entering national phase in Australia already, the side now represents the greatest number of Chinese entities among Australian IP firms and files the most China-originating patent applications in Australia. Paul Harrison and Greg Whitehead are fine examples of the group’s first-rate advisers. With a chemical engineering background, Harrison aptly handles building and construction products and systems, material separation, treatment and handling, metallurgy, food processing, medical equipment and process technology briefs. He is also the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Conference chair 2020. Head of the mining team, Whitehead is not just technically excellent, he also has a great track record building up and consolidating the patent portfolios of start-ups for commercialisation. Similarly, Michael Christie, a former senior associate at MinterEllison who joined the firm in May 2020 to head up the life science practice, specialises in molecular biology. Elsewhere, Chris Bevitt is the commercial law team leader who tackles transactional work effortlessly.

Spruson & Ferguson

Spruson & Ferguson has evolved from an Australasian IP firm into an Asian IP giant that operates four offices in Australia and six across Asia-Pacific. In Australia, it garners the most respect for representing foreign clients filing in the country. “Spruson & Ferguson is a well-oiled machine with an incredibly robust inbound practice and is valued especially highly by foreign clients for its efficiency and effectiveness in tackling patent applications.” Engineering and ICT leader for Australia Adam Luxton readily applies his diverse technical toolkit encompassing mining engineering and software engineering on patent prosecution and contentious matters. Simon Potter is Luxton’s counterpart for chemistry and life sciences; he is an authority on HIV antiretroviral drug resistance. Having litigated a wide variety of IP cases, Khajaque Kortian quickly grasps complex technical issues and commercial contexts, making him an immensely versatile litigator.

Wrays

Celebrating its centennial in 2020, “Wrays is the IP firm that is a household name in Western Australia”, but its IP team extends to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney as well. Chair Gary Cox, Todd Shand and biochemistry PhD holder Linda Kennaugh are the preferred patent attorneys for Eli Lilly’s patent applications in Australia. Cox is a former patent examiner at the Australian Patent Office and Kennaugh is an authority on antibody technologies while Shand shines in both contentious and non-contentious settings in the life sciences. Peter Caporn is another expert patent drafter, having honed his craft in drafting patents and validity and infringement opinions, as well as tackling contentious instructions for almost 30 years.

Other recommended experts

Alder IP namesake partner and founder Anthony Alder is a commercialisation sage who previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal, ResMed and boutique patent attorney firms. Hayden Barke is the sole trader at Melbourne-based Argon IP; he is a mechanical engineering specialist hailing from Griffith Hack and Davies Collison Cave. Twenty-five-year experienced Jeff Bergmann is a dab hand at commercialising IP assets for clients of all kinds. He operates out of Solubility Pty Ltd. Catherine Boxhall is principal and director of Integra Law with an innate interest in – and affinity for – facilitating research collaboration commercialisation. Wayne Condon “is a brilliant and diligent patent litigator at Biopharmalex who never fails to find a way to realise the client’s commercial objectives”. Michael Cooper is an immensely dedicated patent attorney at his eponymous Cooper IP, which provides no-nonsense advice at reasonable costs. Regularly travelling to rural regions to meet clients face-to-face, Cooper is incredibly dedicated to helping small and medium-sized enterprises succeed by leveraging their IP assets. The Melbourne firm recently recruited an associate – also with a mechanical engineering background – to cope with its rising workload. FAL Lawyers’ Peter Francis is a leading authority on technology commercialisation and his partner, Jenni Lightowlers, is an expert on establishing research entities. Elsewhere, Tom Gumley has left FPA Patent Attorneys to become a self-employed patent attorney as sweatequityip.com’s principal. LegalVision patent practice leader Belinda Hartmann is armed with a PhD in bioengineering and biotechnology and had a former life as a CSIRO postdoctoral fellow before becoming a patent attorney. Philip Kerr recently departed Allens – where he has spent close to 47 years – to become senior patent counsel at Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. Editor of the patents chapter of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, James Lawrence is national law firm Mills Oakley’s key IP adviser and litigator. Paul Mahony has superb knowledge of computer-implemented inventions. After seven-and-a-half years with Cotters Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, he is now a partner at Blackwattle IP. Glenn McGowan QC is the only private practice senior counsel ranked in this chapter. He is chief counsel at Gadens’s disputes group. The 15-year experienced Melissa McGrath now operates out of Coleman Greig’s commercial advice team. She is renowned for her acute commercial awareness. Robert McInnes of Rob McInnes IP Advisory is the current board secretary of the Licensing Executives Society International. The licensing guru is incredibly well connected with counterparts in Australia and abroad. Leanne Oitmaa is Watermark’s key adviser in patents, designs and trademarks. The firm is due to combine with Griffith Hack in April 2020. The IAM Patent 1000 welcomes Naomi Pearce to this year’s rankings. Having worked as Hospira’s global IP director and counsel in Melbourne, as well as vice president of intellectual property at Mylan in the United States, Pearce is one of a kind in Australia. “Able to read her client and the opposing party, she has a sixth sense as to resolving disputes strategically and efficiently.” She founded Pearce IP in 2017 and recently recruited Grant Shoebridge from Shelston IP; he possesses a PhD in structural immunology and is an expert on patent term extensions and plant breeders’ rights. Formerly with Innofy, Oxford University engineering PhD and Cambridge University MBA graduate Katherine Rock is now senior associate at Pizzeys. Forward Intellectual Property founder Matthew Ward has practised as a patent attorney and lawyer for more than 15 years; he brings to the table the outside-the-box thinking that innovative companies need.

Individuals: litigation

  • Grant Fisher - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Sue Gilchrist - Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Shaun McVicar - Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Matthew Swinn - King & Wood Mallesons
  • John F Collins - Clayton Utz
  • Robert Cooper - MinterEllison
  • David Fixler - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Rebekah Gay - Herbert Smith Freehills
  • 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
  • Robynne Sanders - DLA Piper
  • Patrick Sands - Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Kellech Smith - Ashurst Australia
  • 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 Australia
  • Paul Dewar - Davies Collison Cave
  • John Fairbairn - MinterEllison
  • Nina Fitzgerald - Ashurst Australia
  • Nikki Kahn - DLA Piper
  • 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 - Watermark
  • Naomi Pearce - Pearce IP
  • Chris Schlicht - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • 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 Caine - Davies Collison Cave
  • Peter Caporn - Wrays
  • James Cherry - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • Michael Christie - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • 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
  • Ray Evans - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Linda Govenlock - Allens
  • Tom Gumley - FPA Patent Attorneys
  • 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
  • Saskia Jahn - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Madeleine Kelly - FB Rice
  • Linda Kennaugh - Wrays
  • John Landells - FB Rice
  • Nigel Lokan - MinterEllison
  • Brett Lunn - FB Rice
  • Adam Luxton - Spruson & Ferguson
  • Paul Mahony - Blackwattle IP
  • Ross McFarlane - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Connie Merlino - FB Rice
  • Nick Mountford - Griffith Hack
  • Stephen O’Brien - Madderns
  • Jenny Petering - FB Rice
  • Bill Pickering - Davies Collison Cave
  • Simon Potter - Spruson & Ferguson
  • Katherine Rock - Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Ian Rourke - FB Rice
  • Todd Shand - Wrays
  • Grant Shoebridge - Pearce IP
  • Rosie Stramandinoli - Griffith Hack
  • Matthew Ward - Forward Intellectual Property
  • David Webber - Davies Collison Cave
  • Greg Whitehead - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Kieran Williams - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • 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
  • Jeff Bergmann - Solubility Pty Ltd
  • Chris Bevitt - Shelston IP Pty Ltd
  • Catherine Boxhall - Integra Law Pty Ltd
  • Anita Cade - Ashurst Australia
  • 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
  • Frances Wheelahan - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Chris Williams - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Andrew Wiseman - Allens