Australia: Trademarks 2018

We feature 43 outstanding individuals in this chapter who are internationally renowned for their experience handling the full spectrum of trademark matters, from filing and prosecution to portfolio management and litigation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Tim Golder Allens, Melbourne
2. Stephen Stern Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
3. Marion Heathcote Davies Collison Cave Law, Sydney
4. Mary Still Clayton Utz, Sydney
5. Peter Chalk Ashurst, Melbourne
6. Michael Wolnizer Davies Collison Cave Law, Melbourne

Intellectual property specialist firm Davies Collison Cave Law is the leading firm in the field of trademarks law. This year eight standout names are recognised for their expertise.
Marion Heathcote has a stellar reputation in the trademarks arena for her excellent work providing strategic advice to global brands concerning the protection of international trademark portfolios.
Michael Wolnizer comes highly recommended as a “very good” name in the trademarks space, and is applauded for his exceptional knowledge of internet-related trademark and copyright matters.
Brett Lewis is a standout name in the Australian market who boasts an impressive knowledge of international trademarks law. He is frequently called upon to manage global trademark portfolios for well-known brands.
Rodney De Boos garners respect from sources, who consider him an authority on the exploitation of trademark rights. He is also noted for his prowess in handling antitrust issues associated with intellectual property rights.
Nick Holmes boasts a top-tier practice which covers the full spectrum of trademark matters, from prosecution and oppositions to the management of international trademark portfolios.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth also performs well achieving five nominations in this chapter.
Stephen Stern is “a star” according to international peers, who note that “he is excellent when it comes to formulating litigation strategies” in complex trademark disputes.
Odette Gourley is widely recognised as a top name in the market. She has acted in various landmark cases that have shaped the development of trademarks law in Australia.
Jürgen Bebber has more than 15 years of experience advising domestic and international clients on a wide array of trademark matters, including the strategic management of intellectual property portfolios, trademark filing and prosecution, and dispute resolution.
David Yates is a renowned litigator who has extensive expertise representing clients in intellectual property infringement claims. He is particularly well regarded for his excellent work in the technology area.
Kate Hay also stands out for her strong track record representing iconic brands across a variety of industries including technology, fashion, automotive and life sciences.

Four first-rate lawyers from international commercial firm Allens are highlighted here.
Tim Golder comes “highly recommended” by sources, who call him “the dean of the trademarks bar” in Australia. Internationally recognised as a Thought Leader, he is renowned for his “expertise in enforcement” and “outstanding skill as a litigator”.
Andrew Wiseman ranks prominently in our research thanks to his expertise handling commercial licensing matters. He represents some of the world’s best-known brands in the food and beverages area including Bacardi, Heineken and PepsiCo.
Miriam Stiel wins praise for her “fantastic” trademarks practice and is warmly endorsed by sources for her skills as a litigator. She represents clients from an array of sectors including technology, luxury goods and telecommunications.
Philip Kerr is a well-known name who is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading intellectual property lawyers. He has notably advised Sony and the PepsiCo group on a range of trademarks matters. 

Gilbert + Tobin receives three listings this year.
Michael Williams is noted for his long-standing experience handling brand disputes and anti-counterfeiting matters. With more than 22 years’ experience, he has built up a “very impressive” reputation in the field.
Sources call Lisa Lennon “an excellent trademark lawyer and first-rate professional”. She garners recognition for her superb client manner and professional approach.
Kate Harrison is a trademark specialist who counsels clients on a wide range of matters, from intellectual property transactions and commercial licensing to disputes.

Mary Still at Clayton Utz is widely regarded as a “really brilliant” lawyer and boasts an international reputation for her outstanding work litigating in trademark infringement proceedings.

Peter Chalk at Ashurst receives widespread plaudits from international sources who consider him “an excellent trademark lawyer” and commend his expert handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters. 

One impressed peer names Robert Arnold at Baker McKenzie “one of the best in the world” when it comes to structuring trademark enforcement strategies for high-profile clients.

Celia Davies at Herbert Smith Freehills is “a great lawyer,” say sources who commend the breadth of her expertise. She boasts more than 25 years’ experience providing strategic advice on the protection and exploitation of trademarks to some of the world’s best-known brands.                                                                                         

Described by sources as “a key player” on the Australian trademarks stage, Frances Drummond at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia is recommended for her fantastic work advising clients from a wide range of industries on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of trademark rights.

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