Australia: Trademarks 2017

We highlight 46 of the best trademarks practitioners in Australia in this chapter. They handle the spectrum of issues, from filings and prosecution to infringement proceedings and portfolio management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Timothy Golder Allens, Melbourne
2. Mary Still Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. Peter Chalk Ashurst, Melbourne
4. Frances Drummond Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney
5. Lisa Lennon Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney

DAVIES COLLISON CAVE obtains the most listings in this year’s edition, with seven practitioners listed.
Brett Lewis is a longstanding figure in the IP community. He specialises in trademarks matters, including clearance, registration and opposition.
Marion Heathcote is a “terrific” trademark lawyer whose practice offers clients comprehensive coverage of the Asia-Pacific region.
Nick Holmes has an impressive depth of expertise in trademarks law and is also known for his understanding of New Zealand trademark matters.
Michael Wolnizer is “a very safe pair of hands” in the full range of trademarks matters, according to peers.
Adam Sears is also recommended for his capabilities in the area.

Five practitioners from ALLENS are listed.
Timothy Golder is a highly experienced trademark lawyer who provides clients with “timely, thorough, organised, pragmatic and commercial advice”. He is also praised for the quality of his written work, which is “well drafted and comprehensible”.
Jim Dwyer AM continues to be recognised for his depth of expertise in the space. He has experience acting for clients across electronics, broadcasting and music.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH remains a leading firm in this area and three of its lawyers are rated highly in our research.
Stephen Stern is commended by sources as standout litigator who is “great with clients”. He provides trademarks advice to a range of leading brands across areas such as fashion, food and beverage and technology.
Jürgen Bebber is another of the firm’s highly recommended IP lawyers, with substantial expertise in the trademarks arena. He works with numerous domestic and international clients.
Odette Gourley “always does a great job” for clients, say sources, who praise her as “extremely good” in a trademark context.

Four recommended names from ASHURST AUSTRALIA are included in this year’s guide.
Peter Chalk is an “excellent IP lawyer” who adeptly handles both advisory and contentious IP matters. Sources highlight him as an “affable and bright” attorney who stands out for his deep experience in the area.
Mary Padbury is a leading name for IP in Australia and handles trademarks matters as part of her wider practice.

At CLAYTON UTZ, Mary Still is one of the top lawyers in this year’s research. Her prominent litigation practice includes vast experience in trademark disputes.

Bill Ladas of KING & WOOD MALLESONS is an accomplished IP practitioner who comprehensively manages clients’ trademark portfolios and also advises on enforcement issues.

Frances Drummond of NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT AUSTRALIA secures nominations from numerous leading names in the market for the strength of her IP practice. She covers the gamut of trademarks issues for clients in sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Jackie O’Brien is a “very experienced, thorough and quick-witted” attorney who handles a wide array of trademark issues involving clients in industries such as mining and pharmaceuticals.

Sue Gilchrist is HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ head of IP and is a prominent name in the area. She particularly stands out for her expertise in infringement proceedings.
Celia Davies is a “superb lawyer who is so easy to work with”, according to commentators. She has over 25 years’ experience on worldwide trademark issues and frequently handles oppositions involving numerous sectors and industries.

Lisa Lennon at GILBERT + TOBIN is “just fantastic”, according to peers, who add, “I never hesitate to recommend her.” In addition to being a lawyer, she is a registered trademark attorney and provides comprehensive protection and enforcement expertise.

Anne Makrigiorgos at GRIFFITH HACK is deeply experienced in the intellectual property field, with a primary focus on sophisticated trademarks issues.

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