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Silver - Firms: litigation
Highly-recommended - Firms: transactions
Undoubtedly one of the leading IP outfits in Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is home to an elite patent litigation offering, and it has been highly regarded for its involvement in market-shaping patent cases across a wide spectrum of industries. High-stakes patent disputes are in the Corrs DNA, as many multinationals have put the firm on speed dial whenever patent contentions have arisen. It recently succeeded in obtaining a High Court judgment in favour of Lundbeck in a long-running pharmaceutical patent dispute. David Fixler, alongside Stephen Stern, brought home the victory and one of the largest sums of damages awarded for patent infringement for the Danish pharmaceutical company. As exemplified here, complex pharmaceutical patent disputes are the strong suit of Fixler. Also a life science expert, Grant Fisher has a fine-grained appreciation of oppositions and infringement proceedings in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices. Transactional nous is supplied in abundance by Eugenia Kolivos and Frances Wheelahan. With more than two decades of IP experience, Head of IP Kolivos has been advising on some of Australia’s most complicated and cutting-edge IP ommercialization and licensing projects. Similarly, Wheelahan concentrates on high-rolling IP transactions and licensing. Completing the line-up is Odette Gourley, who knows all the ins and outs of IP, competition, consumer, and regulatory and administrative law. She has recently taken the lead in a series of high-stakes patent invalidity and infringement proceedings on behalf of Merck Sharp & Dohme.