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Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Highly accomplished practice that impresses on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Thoroughly experienced in handling high-profile patent litigation cases, trade mark portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting matters and brand protection for a raft of well-known clients. Also offers specialist expertise in food labelling, advertising and marketing advice and the regulation of therapeutic goods and cosmetics. Acts for an impressive list of domestic and international clients within the technology, life sciences, food and drink, retail, sports and media sectors.


According to one client, the team comprises "intelligent and personable lawyers who have a good sense of their client’s commercial issues."

Another client emphasises the client-focused orientation of the team, observing: "There is an added level of thoughtfulness that Ashurst brings to the table. This comes from their experience in similar matters, but also draws from their ability to stand in the shoes of the client."

Work highlights

Acted for Samsung Bioepis in Federal Court proceedings concerning Pfizer's blockbuster biological drug Enbrel, counterparties Pfizer and Wyeth seeking access to confidential documents relating to the manufacture of the client's biosimilar product, Brenzys.

Notable practitioners

Anita Cade acts on a range of trade mark and and copyright matters, including managing IP assets in mergers and in the launching of new businesses as well as on enforcement issues. According to a market source, she is "a stand-out performer in terms of litigation management, strategy and legal precision. She is also excellent at people management and incredibly hard-working."

Kellech Smith is described by one client as "very strategic, very commercial and very inquisitive," the same source adding: "Her investigative skills are fabulous; I can tell that she is immediately thinking about the possible holes in the case of our opponent as soon as I brief her." Another market source notes: "She is incredibly client-friendly, very good on detail and very persuasive." She is regularly instructed on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark and copyright mandates.

Lisa Ritson maintains a highly respected practice, acting for a range of high-profile clients on a variety of trade mark and copyright issues, and offering a wealth of experience in managing global trade mark portfolios. According to a market source, she inspires "complete faith that things will be done and done correctly." The interviewee adds that she is "very friendly and very good to work with."

Stuart D'Aloisio acts on a range of intellectual property matters, and demonstrates a strong expertise in patent disputes, particularly in the life sciences sector. A client who holds him in "super-high respect" adds: "He did everything we asked of him in a very calm and composed manner; he is a safe pair of hands."

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Our team of dedicated partners and practitioners act on significant IP litigation and commercial matters including those in the patent, copyright, designs, trade mark and advertising spheres. 

Ashurst has a formidable IP team and provides a complete range of contentious and non-contentious IP services from within a single dedicated IP team. The IP  practice has been recognised as a leading one for many decades and goes from strength to strength. Our reputation as a leading law firm in IP rests on the quality of our client relationships, outstanding service and commerciality of our advice. We focus on the issues that matter to clients.

We are known for our strong expertise and representation of internationally known clients in the life sciences, media and entertainment, digital services, transport, food & beverage, FMCG, financial, oil & gas, and mining and resources sectors. We have a strong track record of representing clients in associated specialised areas like food and therapeutic goods regulation, life sciences, digital media, product launches and labelling, lotteries and promotions, sponsorship and media regulation, anti-counterfeiting and emerging technologies.


Ritson, Lisa (Head of Department)

Cade, Anita

Cheeseman, Julie

D'Aloisio, Stuart

D'Aloisio, Stuart

Fitzgerald, Nina

Ireland, Elizabeth

Lawrence, Joanna

Smith, Kellech

Todd, Robert


Banks & Financial Services

Chemicals, Industrial Engineering

Commercial & Professional Services

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Energy, Mining & Metals, Utilities

Food & Drink Producers


Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences




Software & Computer Services, Technology, Hardware & Electronics, Telecommunications

Sports, Travel & Leisure

Intellectual Property



Level 11, 5 Martin Place


New South Wales


NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Intellectual Property: Patents

Stuart D'Aloisio
Up and Coming

Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright

Kellech Smith
Band 4
Lisa Ritson
Band 2