Australia: Patents 2018

In this section, we shine the spotlight on 30 patent law experts, who stand out for their vast experience in the field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sarah Matheson Allens, Melbourne
2. Sue Gilchrist Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
3. Peter Chalk Ashurst, Melbourne
4. Anthony Muratore Jones Day, Sydney
5. Matthew Swinn King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne

Intellectual property specialist firm Davies Collison Cave Law tops our research this year, achieving an impressive five listings.
Desmond Ryan is a long-standing fixture in the market who has a superb track record handling complex intellectual property disputes. He is particularly well regarded for his impeccable knowledge of biotechnology patents.
Richard Jarvis boasts more than 33 years’ experience handling an array of intellectual property matters and wins praise for his impressive handling of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical patent disputes.
Rodney De Boos is widely regarded as an expert on the commercial exploitation of IP rights, and enjoys a strong reputation for his comprehensive experience negotiating licensing agreements.

Allens achieves three listings in this year’s research.
The “excellent” Sarah Matheson stands out as a leading light in the Australian market and garners praise for her skilful handling of an array of contentious and non-contentious patent matters.
Richard Hamer is widely held to be one of Australia’s foremost patent litigators and counts many of the world’s best-known pharmaceutical companies among his clients, including Pfizer and Servier.
Philip Kerr handles a wide range of patent issues for both domestic and international clients, and is applauded for his brilliant ability to understand complex technological concepts with ease.

King & Wood Mallesons also sees three top-tier patent lawyers highlighted for inclusion this year.  
Matthew Swinn is an internationally renowned patent litigator who has acted for many of the world’s most recognised companies in an array of sophisticated disputes.
Kim O'Connell is held in high esteem thanks to her strong practice advising life sciences companies on the full spectrum of patent law matters. She is also widely considered to be an expert in regulatory issues affecting patent holders.
John Swinson enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for his considerable experience litigating in patent proceedings. He is particularly well known for his work in the electrical and computing fields.

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills also performs well, with two leading lights in the patents space recognised for their expertise.
Sue Gilchrist is highly sought after by clients for her first-rate work handling patent disputes for major corporations across an array of industries including life sciences, consumer electronics and TMT.
Shaun McVicar is a dedicated patent law specialist who impresses market sources with his performance acting in high-profile patent validity and infringement proceedings.

Ashurst stands out in the Australian market for its strong IP offering and sees two impressive individuals recognised.
Peter Chalk is highly recommended by peers and clients alike for his fantastic experience handling complex patent validity and infringement proceedings for key clients across a range of industries.

Grant Fisher of FishPatInsight is a leading litigator who is particularly well regarded for his excellent work handling sophisticated patent disputes for life sciences companies.

Anthony Muratore at Jones Day is a seasoned patent litigator with more than 35 years’ experience in the field. Sources highlight him for his top-tier work for clients in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Odette Gourley at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a household name on the Australian intellectual property circuit. Clients greatly appreciate her commercial insight and strategic thinking.

John Collins at Clayton Utz has over 30 years’ experience advising on an array of intellectual property matters and garners recognition for his first-rate work on patent systems in the pharmaceuticals space.

Christian Dimitriadis SC at Nigel Bowen Chambers is a well-respected figure in the market who has led a number of high-profile intellectual property cases before the High Court of Australia over the course of his impressive career.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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