Kim O'Connell is leader of King & Wood Mallesons' pre-eminent Australian health and pharmaceutical practice. She has extensive experience in advising life sciences and pharmaceutical companies on all aspects of intellectual property law, product liability and relevant regulatory and consumer protection areas.
Kim specialises in patent litigation and regulatory appeals, however also handles other intellectual property disputes, including copyright, trademarks, trade dress and misuse of confidential information.
She has handled numerous cross-border transactions and disputes and is experienced in cooperatively coordinating global strategies.
In addition to complex litigation, Kim advises life sciences clients on their day-to-day activities, including commercial transactions, research and development, clinical trials, advertising and labelling and regulatory issues. She has extensive experience of the regulatory regime for therapeutic goods. She has guided clients through government enquiries and advised in relation to anti-corruption regimes in Australia and Asia.
Kim's strong market reputation has resulted in recognition by many global directories such as the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (2012-2013); PLC Which Lawyer? Life Sciences, IP: Patent Litigation (2011-2012); Australian Best Lawyers (2008-2013); The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers (2013-2014); The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers (2012 and 2013); IAM 250 The World's Leading Patent Litigators (2011-2013); IAM Life Sciences 250 (2010-2013) and Euromoney LMG Australasia Women in Business Law (2012-shortlisted for patent and trade mark prosecution).
Kim is a member of AusBiotech, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and has previously been a legal panel representative for the Advertising Standards Board.
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