Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Well-established practice adept at handling contentious and non-contentious matters for global and domestic clients, dealing with both domestic and cross-border cases. A strong focus on the protection of patents and trade marks, with extensive expertise in life sciences and pharmaceuticals as well as high technology and energy and natural resources. Strong expertise in branding and trade mark portfolio management, particularly on behalf of prominent international companies. Additional expertise in handling false or misleading advertising litigation.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the department's "terrific model" for client relationship management, with one client praising the "understanding of the client's business needs, and ability to tailor recommendations to those needs." The same source adds: "It goes without saying that they have a strong knowledge of Australian patent litigation, but this firm also has a way of achieving our objectives without going overboard."

Another client appreciates the department's combination of "strong expertise across all areas" with advice that is "commercial and well considered."

Work highlights Acted for Cipla in Federal Court patent infringement proceedings brought by global pharmaceutical company Mylan on the grounds of Cipla's alleged threat to infringe patents relating to Lipidil, a drug used for regulating high cholesterol.

Notable practitioners

Eugenia Kolivos
maintains an active commercial IP practice, advising clients from a wide range of industries, including education, publishing, and social media. According to a client, she is "an inspiring individual who cares deeply about providing the best advice to her clients and takes the time to understand what their goals are. She is also very personable, practical and a pleasure to work with." Another client emphasises her ability to "commit to time frames and deliver accordingly and to bring clarity to complex situations."

Kate Hay
is "the epitome of unflappable; with her ability to remain cool under pressure, it's no wonder she excels in litigation," says a client, who goes on to add: "Kate’s ability to take in a matter and then break it down into key issues is invaluable, and she is always available to assist me on ad hoc items, where I can pick up the phone and she is able to navigate me strategically to a sound and commercial outcome." She advises clients on patent matters, including disputes, and a range of non-contentious matters, including licensing agreements.

Odette Gourley
stands out, in the opinion of one client, for a "to-the-point working style" exemplified by "very well-drafted and organised correspondence." She has a renowned practice, advising clients on significant contentious mandates involving both patents and trade marks. According to another client: "Odette offers practical solutions to the business and her approaches have always been according to our needs. Tight deadlines have always been timely met, difficult and troublesome matters were approached in a sensitive way without incurring unnecessary expense, and she has explained difficult legal approaches in plain language."

Stephen Stern
"is an outstanding IP lawyer and well known in many countries," says a client who goes on to note Stern's "magnificent ability to handle commercial legal matters." He regularly acts on high-profile contentious IP matters, notably including appellation of origin disputes.