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Bird & Bird

Intellectual Property

2 ranked lawyersBand 4AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Benefits from a strong global network and is able to advise multinationals hailing from a range of sectors, including life science, media, telecommunications and education. Impressive track record handling trade mark prosecution and patent litigation matters. Experienced in claims involving breach of copyright and confidential information within the media and technology sectors. Additional expertise in unfair competition and advertising.

Strengths

According to a client: "As a global client, working across multiple jurisdictions, it is reassuring to know that the firm can easily introduce us to its practitioners in other countries to assist with local work, and as the firm specialises in IP legal work across the globe, I have the comfort that their advice is accurate and reliable."

Another client notes: "They are always willing to assist, and answer queries promptly and with accuracy, commerciality and a keen and learned eye for detail."

Work highlights

Successfully defended Dongkuk Steel in Federal Court patent infringement proceedings brought against the client by BlueScope Steel in respect of two of the latter's Australian patents for galvalume rolled steel products.

Notable practitioners

Jane Owen is an experienced patent lawyer who regularly acts for clients on disputes concerning a diverse range of patents, including those in the areas of mechanics and animal health. One client says: "Jane is always obliging, happy to help and a reliable source of legal guidance. I know she is knowledgeable, experienced, and willing to provide commercial options in her advice, not just black-letter law." A market source agrees and "would put her right at the top of the tree for commercial thinking."

Lynne Lewis is active on non-contentious and contentious trade mark matters, including portfolio management and regulatory advice. According to a client: "She has provided extremely wise advice on very complex clearance matters involving really high stakes with potentially large exposure, and has done so quite calmly and coolly. Her ability to read the other side and provide advice based on her understanding of their motives is extremely helpful; she's also incredibly good at translating from Australian to American." Another market source says: "Lynne has a very hands-on approach to litigation; she's very smart and very strategic, and she works incredibly hard."

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Australia

Intellectual Property: Patents


Jane Owen
Band 4

Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright


Lynne Lewis
Band 4