Clayton Utz

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Offers broad-based IP expertise including trade marks and copyright protection, with frequent involvement in cases featuring an international element. Handles complex patent matters for a diverse clientele, most notably in the pharmaceutical, technology and telecoms sectors. Active in both contentious and non-contentious matters, though particularly strong on disputes. Possesses significant expertise in passing off, advertising and franchising matters.

Strengths Clients underline the team's "ability to look at problems, with all the facets and implications, in order for the client to make a properly informed decision."

Other referees appreciate that "they are willing to go the extra mile for us over a long time and have always operated with a commercial mindset."

Work highlights Negotiated Toyota's settlement with Hunter Projects, trading as Carparts2U, before the Federal Court, concerning infringements of Toyota's trade mark, passing off and contravention of Australian consumer law.

Notable practitioners

John Collins demonstrates a "deep experience in patent litigation, with clear thinking and timely advice,"  according to sources. He has significant experience advising on patent enforcement and litigation within the technology, telecommunications and healthcare sectors.

Mary Still has, according to one source, a "vast amount of experience in this industry and is very quick to provide an answer because she doesn't need to research it." The client adds: "She is firm on her views and has always been accurate in her advice."She is noted for her wealth of knowledge in the sector, particularly on infringement and enforcement matters.