Australia: Patents 2017

We list 31 leading patent lawyers in this year’s chapter, which includes experts on both contentious and non-contentious matters, filings, infringement and portfolio management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Grant Fisher Ashurst Australia, Melbourne
2. Sarah Matheson Allens, Melbourne
3. Bruce N Caine SC Aickin Chambers, Melbourne
4. Shaun McVicar Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne

ASHURST sees a contingent of four patents experts listed in its Melbourne office.
Grant Fisher is one of the most highly respected patent and IP lawyers in the country. He has over 25 years of expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Peter Chalk is recommended for his litigation practice and his expertise in the field of patents, where he has dealt with matters on an international scale.
Mary Padbury is a noted patent litigator and is regarded as a national specialist.
Ben Miller is highly regarded in the field of technology patents, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, manufacturing, chemicals, medical devices and IT.

ALLENS achieves three listings.
Sarah Matheson is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in this year’s research and is lauded for her abilities in the field. Her expertise includes patent litigation, drafting and negotiating patent agreements, and due diligence.
Philip Kerr is a recognised authority on complex patent law and is a top patent litigator in Australia.
Richard Hamer has acted on numerous international pharmaceutical patent cases. He is regarded as a superb operator and a highly knowledgeable figure in the market.

Regional powerhouse DAVIES COLLISON CAVE has three listings this year.
Ian Pascarl has extensive expertise in patents matters pertaining to life sciences and regarded as “a leader in the field of pharmaceuticals”.
Desmond Ryan is an esteemed patents lawyer with decades of experience. He focuses on management, copyright, infringement, opposition and unfair competition.
Richard Jarvis has over 30 years of experience in IP litigation and is regarded as one of Australia’s leading patents lawyers.

KING & WOOD MALLESONS has three lawyers recommended for its expertise.
John Swinson in Brisbane’s practice features an emphasis on technology patents matters, and he frequently acts for numerous high-end technology clients.
Matthew Swinn in Melbourne is a recognised leader in patent litigation, particularly in the manufacturing, life sciences and consumer sectors. His clients include numerous multinational corporations.
Kim O'Connell in Sydney is a highly respected practitioner who specialises in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and health-related patents issues.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH achieves two listings.
Stephen Stern is an eminent litigator with an established patent practice that also covers anti-counterfeiting.
Odette Gourley is recognised for her esteemed patents practice, a field in which she has been practising for over 20 years. She represents leading multinationals across numerous industries.

Two lawyers from HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS are recommended in our research.
Shaun McVicar is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research and is recognised as a pre-eminent pharmaceutical patents lawyer who is highly respected in the commercial space.
Sue Gilchrist is recognised for her outstanding patents and IP practice, where she has over 30 years of experience.

NIGEL BOWEN CHAMBERS sees two silks recognised.
Christian Dimitriadis SC has been involved in some of the country’s leading intellectual property cases in the High Court of Australia and has a distinguished reputation at the bar.
David Catterns QC is a top-class litigator whose practice covers patent and IP matters of all kinds.

Bruce Caine SC at AICKIN CHAMBERS is recognised as an expert in complex technology patents and is a well-known and well-regarded patent and IP practitioner.

At NINTH FLOOR SELBORNE CHAMBERS, Katrina Howard SC is a well-respected name in the patents field, where she has been practising for over two decades.

BANKI HADDOCK FIORA sees Peter Knight recommended for his longstanding knowledge of technology patents, including prior experience as a legal counsel for Apple, and his specialist expertise in technology-related cases.

John Collins at CLAYTON UTZ leads the national IP and technology practice group and has over three decades of experience in patents issues in the Australian and international markets.

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